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Old Mar 22, 2012, 02:57 PM
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Advise Please, which camera. GOPRO HERO 2 OR SONY DSC-HX9V for my hexacopter

I have 2 helmet cameras, a ContourGPS and a Drift HD170 that I wedge in between the top and bottom frames of my DJI F550 hexacopter.
They do ok but I want a better quality looking video without the expense of $6-$700 for the Sony Nex5n that everybody raves about.

This if from the Contour GPS
http://youtu.be/iF0lTQ7tNxE

And this is from the Drift HD170
http://youtu.be/T7-38Dr06s8

I bought an inexpensive 2 axis gimbal landing gear and mount but wasn't happy with the results but for $150 it was what it was.
I just want to play around now and maybe later get a $500 gimbal.
So for now I'm ok without a gimbal and can make my own concoction to mount a point and shoot under the hexacopter somehow and make leg extensions.

I've been reading a lot about the GoPro 2 and a few people have the Sony HX9V.
I have a KX191 camera for FPV, and I just wanted a decent camera for $2-$300 that will give good quality video recording and sometimes photos too.

I wish this thing was able to lift my Nikon D5100.

I found new Sony's for $275 shipped and GoPro's for $275 shipped.

My hexacopter is pretty well balanced by the looks of my videos and haven't put on the Graupner props yet so maybe those might make it a tad better.

Just looking for opinions if you've tried both of them.
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 12:04 AM
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I know a lot of production companies use GoPro
that's why I'm leaning towards getting a new one of those
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 11:01 AM
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GoPro HD 2 does a good job and on 1080p narrow you get no distortion and a little smaller FOV


The HX9V has been reported to be a PITA to get it jello free.... harder than a gopro, which is hard to believe.
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 11:07 AM
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hero 2.
tho i find the narrower FOV options to be completely useless. its just interpolating pixels & that makes it about a thousand times less quality than simply passing it through after effects or photoshop to fix.
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 11:12 AM
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I am thinking about picking up panasonic GF3, which is about 400 bucks. lens based OIS that you can turn off. otherwise, I would go with gopro2 or gopro1 with sunex. (depending on if you need non fisheye type video)
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 12:09 PM
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I think I'm going to get a GoPro2 and be done with it until I'm ready for the $500 gimbal and a Nex5n.

I just saw this one online this morning, looked ok. I saw a few youtube video and when the camera is panning it's pretty blurry So I think the GoPro would be better.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...ketingItemName
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 07:25 PM
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Never been a fan of GoPro's... i'd rather a new Contour any day.
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 08:01 PM
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I think I'm going to get a GoPro2 and be done with it until I'm ready for the $500 gimbal and a Nex5n.

I just saw this one online this morning, looked ok. I saw a few youtube video and when the camera is panning it's pretty blurry So I think the GoPro would be better.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...ketingItemName
What are you needs with this video camera?
I see so much done with the GoPro that it helps sell me on it...
and seeing first hand, a LA production company using them helps to..
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Old Mar 26, 2012, 08:19 PM
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Save your money for the NEX 5N I have the Sony HX9V its great camera BUT you can not turn off Stabilization on the camera so getting 100% jello free video is hit and miss I can do it but it is a pain to make happen and repeatable the Nex 5N is alot easier for repeat performance of video.

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Old Mar 27, 2012, 01:15 AM
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I just want to take decent video just to play around with when I'm FPV flying. I may try to sell my Nikon D5100 and buy the
Costco has the D5100 on sale for $1,000 and I have the same kit from Costco, maybe I can break even on a Nex5n
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I just want to take decent video just to play around with when I'm FPV flying. I may try to sell my Nikon D5100 and buy the
Costco has the D5100 on sale for $1,000 and I have the same kit from Costco, maybe I can break even on a Nex5n
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Old Mar 27, 2012, 12:38 PM
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Save your money for the NEX 5N I have the Sony HX9V its great camera BUT you can not turn off Stabilization on the camera so getting 100% jello free video is hit and miss I can do it but it is a pain to make happen and repeatable the Nex 5N is alot easier for repeat performance of video.
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One thing I do not understand in these discussions on the HX9V is that the jello effect is generally considered to be due to the rolling shutter, not to the automatic stabilization system. The latter does indeed cause problems with AP, such as blurred images and shaky motions, but I never read that it causes jello, i.e. the "waves" going across the image. No?
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Old Mar 27, 2012, 02:56 PM
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The Stabilization causes the jello. Even on DSLR's if you have a stabilized lens on a tripod it will cause bad photos. But in our case the high frequency vibs will drive the the stabiliation nuts it can be gotten out most of the time but its a pain.

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One thing I do not understand in these discussions on the HX9V is that the jello effect is generally considered to be due to the rolling shutter, not to the automatic stabilization system. The latter does indeed cause problems with AP, such as blurred images and shaky motions, but I never read that it causes jello, i.e. the "waves" going across the image. No?
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Old Mar 27, 2012, 03:33 PM
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One thing I do not understand in these discussions on the HX9V is that the jello effect is generally considered to be due to the rolling shutter, not to the automatic stabilization system. The latter does indeed cause problems with AP, such as blurred images and shaky motions, but I never read that it causes jello, i.e. the "waves" going across the image. No?
you are correct..
another issues is also the vibrations from the Heli or craft using for FPV flight
the Canon T3i that I want so badly has this during normal shooting with normal and fast motion and that on sticks ...
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Old Mar 29, 2012, 05:58 AM
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Choosing between the Hero2 and hx9v is basically a question of what you are planning to do. If you want to document your ride the Hero2 is perfect. In the other hand, if you want to make really nice videos the Hero2 is useless due to the barrel-distortion. Filming in narrow mode gives really bad video and increased rolling shutter. Medium mode isnt great either. hx9v is a much better camera but then again you have to do some really hard work getting rid of vibrations.

I would definately go for the Sony Nex5n instead if you can afford it and can carry the weight. (350g approximately)
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