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Dec 29, 2008, 03:57 AM
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Sony 520 TVL Bullet Cam - FPV setups, videos & mods


So Id like to dedicate this thread to the sony bullet cams. Here are my specs in particular...

SONY KPC-HD353CW
Sony 1/3 High Resolution Super HAD CCD
Viewable 520TV Lines of True Color.
Digital Zoom Lens at 1x-3x.
Varifocal Lens - 2.6 - 5.6mm
Low Light Sensitivity - 1 Lux Max Day and Night
Gamma Correction - 0.45
Control Zoom Lens with RS-485 Connection.

Seeing as I havent even gotten it in the mail yet, i was curious If anyone else has this cam, how they have set up pan/tilt & what kind of video we can expect? Has anyone tried using the polarized lenses from 3d glasses on the lense to enhance color and eliminate glare?
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Dec 29, 2008, 07:15 AM
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I have not used that specific cam but I know the sensor in it is a good one and there are quite a few videos around from people using it as a helmet cam for mountain biking and it looks nice. It was the weight that put me off the bullet type cams in general.
Dec 29, 2008, 07:47 AM
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I've had one of those with the wired remote. Was going to hack the remote and have a atmel33 chip operate the controls. Anyhow the weight of this was ok on my Twinstar but surly not ideal for an Easy Star. The over all colors was nice as the resolution but the AGC was not what I expected for FPV. Which is why I ended giving up on this camera at the end.
Dec 29, 2008, 05:12 PM
I'm Ginger & called Adam
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I worked for a while with a trackday company that used to mount these on cars & bikes. The pictures were great and the FOV can be changed with different lenses but they do not deal with changing light levels very well, and in some cases will go to 'whiteout' and take quite a few seconds to come back.

I did run one on an Easystar for a while about 2 years ago (pan only), it was fine as long as it was pointing downwards at a fair angle.

Adam
Dec 29, 2008, 05:54 PM
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hahaha what the hell did i just buy?!?!
Dec 29, 2008, 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by EyeFlyPlanes
hahaha what the hell did i just buy?!?!
A very good water proof security camera That's what happened to mine. You never know these things until you try them.
Dec 31, 2008, 06:14 AM
I'm Ginger & called Adam
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It's not that bad


When doing trackday work I only ever observed the lengthy 'white out' myself on long straights when the camera was into the sun - for FPV use the camera was OK, certainly not significantly worse than the KX171 that I now use. Image quality (when recorded directly down to MiniDV) was excellent.

Apologies for the photo quality, these are from a while back. Servo was slaved to rudder channel at first (looking into the corner) but I soon switched over to a seperate channel.

This got me into FPV but I found it very hard not to lose orientation - I added a simple Copilot wing-leveller (which helped) but decided to wait until I could afford an OSD with GPS.

Adam
Dec 31, 2008, 07:27 AM
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See RC Don SailCam project for a typical usage of such camera in an EG tuned for FPV.
Dec 31, 2008, 09:46 AM
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Yes Don did a GREAT JOB with his but his camera is a much lower resolution therefore the camera maybe a bit different there. But like you said and I agree, it was a typical usage or proven orientation of this camera on his EZ Glider. One of the finest video I have seen and this was done a few years ago too!
Jan 02, 2009, 12:43 AM
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Where can i get a co-pilot wing leveler?


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