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Old Feb 29, 2012, 09:21 PM
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Anyone use a Kodak EasyShare M552 14MP or equivalent camera?

I recently lost my GoPro 960 (tree issue), and I am considering using a "normal" camera for recording videos from my plane. (Yes, I am still hunting for the GoPro).

Anyone ever use any of the Kodak EasyShare cameras on a plane?

The M552 does 720p at 30 FPS, which as good enough. It'll record up to 29 minutes, with 2 hour battery life, and runs about $75. (And comes in red & orange, colors easy to see on the ground!)

Yes, it's big and heavy compared to the GoPro, but this is not an issue for the plane I am using. (Peace Drone by ExperimentalAir, GREAT airplane, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1564769)

The GoPro has the fisheye lens, with the wider field-of-view than the Kodak.

Anyone have experience with "normal cameras" like the EasyShare M552 they could share?
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Old Mar 01, 2012, 12:26 PM
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I prefer point-n-shoots to the 808 type toy cameras, for stills.
Far superior megapixels.
Videos, the 808s do a 1/2 way decent job when they work.
The larger more reliable cameras aren't as easy to place in a plane, especially for forward looking, if you're after a somewhat aerodynamic installation.
I'm tempted by the GoPro, it is available locally, and a bit smaller than the point-n-shoots frontal area wise.
If the Kodak has a sequential mode, which obviates any extra shutter trigger device, it reads good for stills and videos.
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Old Mar 02, 2012, 06:17 AM
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Bought a Kodak M575 w/14 MPs about 2 years ago.Haven't put it airborne, just using it for ground shots.Here is a sample shot.Seems like a good P&S to me.
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Old Mar 02, 2012, 07:42 AM
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So, do you use that car to go buy groceries? Just kidding..... thanks for the *nice* sample pictures. The EasyShare is a lot bigger & heavier than the GoPro, but 1/2 the price of the GoPro 960 I lost. The size/weight won't be a problem for the plane I am using I expect.

Guess I'll wind up letting you know shortly, if I don't find my missing GoPro over the weekend.
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Old Mar 02, 2012, 09:41 AM
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I have a Kodak Play Sport and it is the clearest video camera I have. It is superb! If the other Kodak Point n Shoot cameras are as good I'd for sure buy one!
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