I recently purchased a DXG-567
hd camera which is similar to the flip. It's a device about the size (and look) of an ipod. Briefly, the specs are
- 1280x720 mov format at 4mbits/sec (30 megabytes / minute).
- 3oz with no batteries (2-AA). Mine is 150g (5.3oz) with batteries.
- will store one full hour of hd video on a 2GB SD card.
- priced about $130 shipped.
I attached it to my Stevens Aero SoarStik
today and recorded a flight. I didn't quite get the angle right so the most smooth portions are spent looking at the ground. I cut a 30 second clip and uploaded it to vimeo. It's enough to get an idea of the quality.
If you have a Vimeo account, you can download the original.
My thoughts on the camera so far...
- The quality is good for a camera the size of an ipod. I have seen video from point and shoot cameras that far surpasses the quality of the dxg, but they are currently more expensive.
- One hour on an inexpensive 2GB SD card is impressive. Although on more than one occasion (including flight today) the camerea shut down without warning. I replaced the batteries with 100% fully charged and it records the full hour, so no half charged or low mAh batteries.
- There is no stabilization. While this may not sound like a big deal, when you encode compressed video without stabilization you sometimes get a warbly video. I'm sure you've seen this in other AP movies. But it's most noticable when the camera is used handheld. I'm still trying to find a stabilization filter that will deal with this video properly (smoothcam doesn't work for this).
- The screen sucks, but a better screen wouldn't be much help really.
- High motion video can look overly compressed. Low light video is grainy.
- You can plug the camera into an hdtv (or sd tv) via component video and audio cables, included.
- It comes with 2-AA and charger. The 2300mAh batteries might last a full hour.