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Sep 20, 2006, 09:35 PM
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Small cam with video out, available in the UK

I'm about ready to have a go at AP, getting better at flying the easy star, so it's time to search for a suitable digital camera.

There are a few mentioned as very suitable for AP on here, but they seem to be more popular in the usa.

Anyone got a list of small compact digital camera's, light weight, with video out so i can use a downlink later for framing the shots, that's available in the uk??

Or anyone hacked a small camera to add video out? i'd really like shutter priority too, but it seems the really light camera's are pretty basic too,

I don't really want to spend too much, just in-case i loose the plane with the camera on board, but then again, i'd pay extra to get the features i need... video out and shutter priority.

Tried ebay, but there's so much rubbish on there nowadays it's hard to find a half decent camera in the cheaper end of the market.
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Sep 21, 2006, 03:12 PM
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I would start, as I did, with a cheap durable camera like the Aiptek SD range. It withstood many less than perfect landings and is easily hacked to allow the shutter to be fired by the Tx. They are available in 1.3 and 2 Mega pixel varieties and take cheap SD memory cards. There is one on ebay at the moment

I then moved on to a second hand Pentax Optio S4 which, after 2 flights is sitting on my desk with the lens stuck open after a hard landing. I now use a Konica Minolts X50 which does not have an extending lens and fits fully within the EZ* cockpit (with a few mods). I still have my original Aiptek and may fit it to the Easyglider that I am building (slowly). I have not yet used a downlink. I need all my concentration to fly the plane

Sep 21, 2006, 04:00 PM
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Guys, What are good down links available in the UK?


Sep 21, 2006, 05:55 PM
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If you can solder you might want to try these 2.4 ghz modules from Active Robots.
Sep 21, 2006, 06:18 PM
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There's some good stuff there, which transmitter power would you choose, I guess the 500mW one would give you the best chance avoiding drop-outs but will it interfere with the received RC signal.

Sep 22, 2006, 12:54 AM
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You need to be careful here. Legally in the UK you're limited to 10mW output power in the 2.4 ghz band.

500mW is a bit excessive anyway for line of sight flying. As long as you have a good receiver antenna (do a search on here for patch antennas), the lower power versions should be ok.
Sep 22, 2006, 05:49 AM
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Wasn't there some talk of raising the legal power limit in line with other countries.

Sep 24, 2006, 08:06 AM
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Do you have any information regarding the raising of downlink power?
Early this summer a BMFA person mentioned the possibility of 100mW on the phone.
Sep 24, 2006, 05:45 PM
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Argghhh, i missed out on that pencam shown on the link, ment to put in a last minute bid, but forgot about it untill an hour after the auction ended.

Now i can't seem to find any of the 1.3 or 2 megapixel pencams, tons of the 0.3 mp ones, even trying new, google and froogle throw up only the 0.3 mp pencams (folding ones, egg shaped ones and all that, but all very low resolution)

Wished i had a cam on board today, got the highest yet with my plane, perfect sunny day, i was above the hot air baloon that comes over where i fly every time i launch, that would have made a good shot or 3.

Wondering what other brands the aiptek pen cam sd 2 is sold under in the UK?? i know in america there's 3 or 4 different brands of essentialy the same camera, but over here it's harder to find.
Sep 25, 2006, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Gazzz
Now i can't seem to find any of the 1.3 or 2 megapixel pencams, tons of the 0.3 mp ones, even trying new, google and froogle throw up only the 0.3 mp pencams (folding ones, egg shaped ones and all that, but all very low resolution).
Gazzz, the Pencam SD 1.3 Pencam is available here for $19 US plus shipping. I could buy it and ship it to you with a CamMan kit for $10 US extra (all that you would need to supply to make it a complete kit, would be a servo lead). Shipping would be $10.50 US (for USPS Global Priority Mail).

Let me know if you're interested,

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Sep 25, 2006, 08:02 AM
can you land on that ?
Watchout in case you get slammed for 17% import duty. I bought a good bargain price second-hand Canon lens for a SLR 35mm , after that and postage it wasnt such a deal , except the lens was rare in UK s/hand market. Gazz , it so happens I have an Aiptek SD 2mega that has the Blip conversion for sale . It plugs into r/x channel of your choice and flick of a switch or stick and it takes a shot. Never tried the video though. PM me and haggle or swop !
Sep 25, 2006, 10:18 AM
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Sep 25, 2006, 05:27 PM
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Right, sorting out buying the camera now, amazing how things can work out, been searching ebay, google and all that for days trying to find a pencam that's got better than 0.33 mp, seems that's where aiptek has gone for the pencams now, really cheap very low res versions.

I'm a born tinkerer tho, and i can't help wondering if there's a way to pick up the signal from the ccd/cmos sensor and feed it to a monitor via a downlink from one of these cams? i guess my best option would be one of the hongkong wireless camera's and aim it in the same direction at the pencam, or point it through the view finder even, but if there's a way to hack the pencam to get what it see's onto a monitor then i'd love to explore that possibility,

may get a couple of the cheap 0.33mp pencams to faff about with tho, don't want to risk the seemingly rare 2meg pen cam
Sep 25, 2006, 06:46 PM
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tatty , what else would be required to 'finish' off a system like that ? i mean do i just need a bullet or pin hole camera and my mini dv cam hooked up to the receiver ? im sure there is a power source available using a lipo from the plane for the camera ? * goes to search*
Sep 25, 2006, 06:53 PM
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you might want to chk out this site

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