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Feb 25, 2013, 05:19 PM
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iPhone Hatcam

I'm pretty happy with the hatcam. As anyone knows trying to get someone to video flying can be really hard especially when they aren't interested in RC. I was looking at getting the glasses with the cameras in but the cameras aren't as good quality as the iphone 5 unless you pay about $300

So I made a little plywood box that the iphone fit's snugly into when on it's side. The box is shallow enough that the lens is above it's edge. Then I expoxied it onto a hat. It's off center so that the lens is directly over my eyes. After that I made a targetting crosshair which I glued to the end of the peak of the hat.

It took about 30 minutes to make the box and get it lined up and glued on. Another 10 for the crosshair. I left the crossbar loose and did some tests recording video then moving the bar up and down and testing again until it lined up. All up it was about an hours work and I'm pretty happy with the results.

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Feb 17, 2014, 04:34 PM
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Flash from the that I see your I realize that the crosshair is what I'm missing for mine...seems the video is always just above, out of frame...
Feb 17, 2014, 05:07 PM
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Yes once you have the crosshair you can keep it centred on the plane. You will soon realise how much you were following the plane with your eyes and not turning your head especially when you go up high. So it will take a little getting used to and also having the crosshair in front of your face can be a bit intimidating at first but you soon learn to look through and past it.

I put the hat on. Check the crosshair is lined up with my eyes and centred (usually by looking at my reflection in my car window), head out to the flightline and put the plane down, turn on my phone and camera and drop it in the box, step back and start flying.

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