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Dec 11, 2012, 11:49 PM
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Originally Posted by epyonxero
Does anyone have aerial stills or video from the LX7? I have a Panasonic GF3 which is a great travel camera but doesnt have a couple of key AP features. Mainly 60P video or an intervalometer for stills.
I have only used the LX3 for stills
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Dec 13, 2012, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by uptime4downtime
I have only used the LX3 for stills
How do you trigger the LX3? I got the LX7 but it turns out the built in intervalometer has a minimum interval of 1 minute which wont work for me and it doesnt seem to have remote control capability. Im going to have to return it.
Dec 13, 2012, 01:15 PM
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Hi there. I used a servo, mounted on the hotshoe. I cut out a PVC mounting bracked that fits around the controls and slides onto the hot shoe. I then ziptied the outer end through the wrist strap eyelet. This really keeps things locked down.
Dec 13, 2012, 03:58 PM
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What a great design... look familiar

Glad to see your LX3 is still working well.

Pete
Dec 13, 2012, 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by uptime4downtime
Hi there. I used a servo, mounted on the hotshoe. I cut out a PVC mounting bracked that fits around the controls and slides onto the hot shoe. I then ziptied the outer end through the wrist strap eyelet. This really keeps things locked down.
Hmm.. maybe I wont give up on the LX7 just yet.
Dec 14, 2012, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Efliernz
What a great design... look familiar

Glad to see your LX3 is still working well.

Pete
Thanks Pete. Yes, your fiberglass plate was a bit cleaner looking . It is still going strong. All the best
Dec 16, 2012, 01:30 AM
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Originally Posted by uptime4downtime
Hi there. I used a servo, mounted on the hotshoe. I cut out a PVC mounting bracked that fits around the controls and slides onto the hot shoe. I then ziptied the outer end through the wrist strap eyelet. This really keeps things locked down.
Hi, If you have any aerial footage of LX7 in FullHD please share. thanks.
Dec 16, 2012, 09:58 AM
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The cheap way: Canon A560 & SD940


Hello pilots!

I built a quadcopter to replace my previous tricopter not powerful enough for AP, here are some pics shot with 7 MP Canon A560 + wide angle converter and 12 MP SD940 cameras + CHDK. I tried also at low speed (1/200) to see if there was blur, but no problem with my frame, only small vibrations thanks to Sunnysky motors and balanced props. I even tried at 1/80, but can't find the result anymore on my computer (?!)
Pics were not reduced to show the real result, but RCG attachments system did it, not very pleased with 200 iso setting, a little too grainy, but overall satisfied

Enjoy!
Denis
Dec 19, 2012, 10:14 PM
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Well, can't complain there. Nice going. I would say your motors do help.

I took a series just last week with the s95 on my quad. I got a few sharp shots, but not enough to warrant continued use with the current motors. I am going to try my Lumix LX3 again, plus it has a 24mm lens, which is preferable for the type of shots I want to do with the quad.

Great vibe free shots you are getting at 250th!

I still say it is not going to be long until we start seeing 18-20mp compacts with large sensors from other manufactuers other than Sony, in the small format (ie sub 250g) - so I'm holding off purchase. Canon has only recently got into super large sensors in 'compacts' with the G1X, so expect more to come.
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Feb 18, 2013, 02:54 PM
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I've just about started taking some shots from my quad using CHDK and a A490. Only had about 4 flights with the camera running. Last flight was to take a few snapshots for the estate agent who's seing our flat (just bought a new house to get a bigger hobby room). I know the shots are not of very good quality, but being a complete novice at taking photos I don't think its to bad a start... I think the A490 looks to be a promising camera even if it is out of date. Camera is mounted on a anti vibration platform that I got from someone in Israel via ebay, Does wonders..

So the A490 seems to be a very viable option for aerial photos.

- Thomas
Feb 19, 2013, 04:37 PM
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Thanks for posting. I agree, that camera works. That is indeed a very good start!
Feb 19, 2013, 11:34 PM
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I purchased this isolation mount recently. I just don't have the time to fiddle with mounts at the moment, and the time and money involved, make the mount worth at least trying: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTI-VIBRATI...item1c2f8ea60d

I've played with other mount solutions, but perhaps this will improve my s95 on the copter slightly more.
Feb 20, 2013, 04:26 AM
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Gimbal is VERY IMPORTANT besides the cameras.
Feb 20, 2013, 02:02 PM
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I haven't read the whole thread (first couple of pages), but I am always a little sad when the Canon S90 gets shot down for not performing. I have had very high success ratio by hard mounting it to my quad, and the mount has no vibration reduction, nor is it a fancy gimbal... I just have good balanced props (balanced blades and balanced hub).

I have attached a crop (not just a resize) of one of the pictures for a project I am working on as big as the forum allows. I generally don't delete more than 2 or 3 pictures in 10, and that is due to motion blur rather than vibrations.

I think the S90 is a very viable option!
Last edited by DestoFPV; Feb 20, 2013 at 02:04 PM. Reason: spelling mistakes
Feb 20, 2013, 02:44 PM
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Hey there. Have you tried that Tel Aviv mount yet? Looks interesting and the price is right considering all the fooling around I've done to dampen vibes.

Steve


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