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Old Jul 24, 2008, 09:33 PM
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DXG-567 Video Sample

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.


here
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.
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Old Jul 24, 2008, 09:45 PM
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I had a different DXG model that I was using for video as well and it was shutting down for no reason as well...very frustrating when you fly and awesome flight only to have no video!!!

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Old Jul 25, 2008, 12:49 AM
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Looks good.
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Old Jul 26, 2008, 01:27 AM
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Got one more today. Mounted the camera upside down so I could get a higher angle. (still need to raise the prop) - which means the video is re-encoded; but the quality is still decent. One more nicer still rendering.

enjoy
Here's the vimeo.
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Old Jul 26, 2008, 07:09 AM
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leobaby

Try mounting it facing to the side and about a 45 degree down angle. Then film like that. Just try that next and see what you think. Your video looked good.

Joe
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