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Old Sep 07, 2001, 04:20 PM
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Keep us posted on the PenCam. Sounds cool.

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Old Sep 07, 2001, 07:28 PM
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Alternatly I just picked up a digital camera for $19.00 off of ebay. It's 640x480 and is very very tiny. It's marketed as a "shirt pocket spy cam" or something to that effect. I doubt that it weighs much more than 1 oz, and removed from the case probably weighs a lot less still. It runs on 2 AAA's which means a lead from your RX will probably run it just fine. I'll let you know how things work out with it.

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Old Sep 07, 2001, 08:19 PM
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BTW

here's an Aussie review of the Aiptek PenCam http://www.dansdata.com/vgapencam.htm

The Resolution is normally 640x480, but you can go to a res of 320x240, (uauugh!). In continuous mode this gives you twenty seconds.
Only a few seconds available in VGA in continuous

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Old Sep 08, 2001, 01:00 AM
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Aerial Photography

Interested in trying my hand at aerial photography with my Lite Stik. Is it possible? Can I use a cheap camera like a one use Kodak?

My Stik is bare bones for the most part - no decals or landing gear. I use Radical RC 7-cell 300ma packs or Rayovac 9v. Standard issue GWS pico pack.

Any thoughts appreciated.

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Old Sep 08, 2001, 01:44 AM
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It's not that cheap, ($69.00) but it is fairly light,

I just picked up an Aiptek PenCam VGA, (2 oz, with two AAA alkalines.)
It has a QVGA 20 second video feature and a USB port direct cable and some neat photo editing software. It also comes with a Web site to post photos to, but I've not explored this option..

I think its weight precludes use in GWS powered planes, I am going to try it in my twin boxer motored slowie as it seems not lacking in thrust

You'll need Win98 to run it though ( didn't read the system reqirements.

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Old May 13, 2002, 02:16 PM
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PenCam update:
I bought one of the new Aiptek Mini PenCams, (it says Megacam on the camera), 68 grams with 2 AAA batteries. The images are 1248 x 960 in hires mode and are not great, but pretty good. It will hold about 50 hires pics and 45 or so seconds of 640 x 480 avi video. It has 16 megs of separate ram for each.
I needed a platform for it so I made a wingo type clone out of bluecor with a chunk of a foam water noodle toy for the body, a cf fuse, and strapped on a GWS EPS-300C (DS)with a Wattage 8 cell 800mah NiMH pack and an 11 x 8 prop. Here is a pic of the plane and a sample inflight pic (shrank down for speed of dling, but you get the idea). The plane is rough as it is in beta first flight stage, but it works so I can clean up the wiring now and make it pretty, not!
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Old May 13, 2002, 02:17 PM
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... and the sample photo
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Old May 13, 2002, 02:43 PM
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Pic looks great

Grapeape
The pic looks great . I have one of the first Aiptek pen cams. I must say te piq quality of your new one is hands down better that the 3 year old one I have.

It was a suprize christmas gift at the cost of around $100 .
Not worth the money but hey what ya gonna do.

I want to rig up somthing for video on one of my planes . John
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Old May 13, 2002, 02:55 PM
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And just what good is an r/c toy model airplane with a camera???

http://www.latimes.com/editions/oran...tions%2Dorange




ORANGE COUNTY
A View From Above Aids Battle
Below

Clash: Residents spied on grading at Joplin Youth Center and got it halted, saying
permit is needed in gnatcatcher habitat. O.C. says work is not for the new building.

By DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER

Folks around Trabuco Canyon insist they're not
rebellious by nature. It's just that the stakes are high
in their fight against a neighbor who bulldozed four
acres of oaks and coastal sage scrub without state
and federal permits.

To assess the extent of the grading, they hired a
biologist to videotape the work. After all, the
residents said, the area was possible habitat for
endangered or threatened species. But the biologist
was shooed off the property.

Undaunted, the residents borrowed an idea from
the war in Afghanistan and hired Larry Fleming,
who strapped a 35-millimeter camera to a..."
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Old May 13, 2002, 04:14 PM
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Old May 13, 2002, 04:15 PM
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Here the new camera ship from Multiplex, cound be the ideal model, but with a camera your size any model is i guess.
Here what Flair (www.flairproducts.co.uk) have to say about it


"A stable platform to mount both movie and still cameras the Movie Star adds a new dimension to the hobby.  Minimum building time means that you can be filming in no time.  Cameras are available for this inovative model.

Specification:
Span:  1400 mm
Length:  950 mm
Wing area:  38 dm2
Weight:  1350 g
Wing loading:  35 g/dm2
Function:  Rudder,  Elevator,  Motors,   optional camera"
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