Does anyone know of any good quality small cameras that will output SD video while recording HD video(Like the gopro).... I would like to set up stabilize and PTZ(I believe APM and APM 2.0 can stabilize)
But I need to find a camera which has high quality zoom that I can also control remotely.
Any thoughts? Has anyone attempted this before? If so, what were your results. I'm wondering if it can be stabilized enough to not be jumping all over the place while zoomed in.
The zoom will make the challenges of AP several orders of magnitude more difficult.
I have a Sony WX10 which can do 1920x1080 60i or 1440x1080 30p and output SD at the same time. Not sure if it's what you're looking for.
Yes, my camera outputs SD even when not recording. I believe it can also zoom while recording. Cheaper/older cameras won't (nor will they autofocus) but Moore's law... these things are getting better and better all the time.
Hello everyone. I have done a little research on the issue of controling zoom.
There is a pseudo-standard to interface to the ZOOM function and other camcorders functions. It is called “LANC Terminal” and is usually available thru the A/V Remote and is on most Sony and Canon Camcorders. The wires of the cable are well defined but the $64 question is, how to use the connections.
Joel, I came across a YouTube video that showed: pan, tilt and zoom. However, he didnt say how he did it.
Here is the LANC protocal in all its blood and glory: http://www.boehmel.de/lanc.htm
I agree. A nice dampened P&T platform and a LANC controller camcorder with built in image stabilization is the only thing that will stand a chance of being usable when you use zoom.
There are 2 others from this company: www.fatheadllc.com
Looks very good but not a whole lot of company information and my experiences show that if they don't display a price list, there is a very good reason. This looks like really good products but I'm afraid of sticker shock.
Actually keeping the prices off the web site is only due to the initial launch of the company and the marketing team is working on how they want to roll out that piece. However, the core value of the company is turn key solutions, plug and play with years of flight testing on real VTOL UASs. I think anyone will find the pricing exceptionally low compared to the high end UAV market. Clearly if you are building a fully autonomous UAV that has some endurance and range you dont want to use toy systems. I think Fat Head cuts between toy pricing and Defense type pricing with more toward the low cost range than high cost range. Saving years of your own development and testing for say a complete turn key camera system or Laser Altimeter sensor system, etc, is worth some but again I think people will find it very cost competitive. And the systems work!
Roger, if I've done my homework right, you are the owner?
oh yes, i am one of them. I work to mainly promote, educate and be the out front guy. wonderful job.