Is there a point and shoot camera that has video out like the go-pro?  I currently use the gopro video out to send back video of what I am taking a pictures of.  I am looking to upgrade to a camera that takes nicer pictures than the GoPro but still need to be able to see what I am shooting and not be shooting blind.  Unfortunately my camera mount is only big enough to accept a point and shoot style not a DSLR camera.  The camera does need to have a continious shooting mode or be able to accept the CHDK firmware.  I have been searching for a couple days on different forums with no luck.  Anybody have any ideas?

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I am currently working with the Ricoh GR Digital IV which is CHDK compatible and has a live video out, movie capable (only 640 x 480 though) but is a true 10M pixel still camera.

I am setting this up on a Hexa for a survey company to use for mapping, they provided the camera and it is proving to be very friendly to use.

Now if I can only get CH6_RELAY to work somehow I will be happy.

The GR Digital IV looks like a good choice. I just looked at the specs and its 3mm to wide for my pan tilt :( 

Hi Mike,

I am interested to buy this camera for aerial mapping. Can you point me towards the CHDK firmware version for this camera? Also, what is the minimal time interval between 2 pictures? They define 5 sec in the specifications, but this must go faster no?



The camera states CHDK v1 and I had a CHDK cable presented to me for version 2 to operate it.

With some reservations I hooked it up and it works just fine.

The time interval is dependant on the resolution you are shooting.

At 10M we find about 3 seconds is as quick as you can get it, just make sure you buy a fast card for it.

If you are shooting just a few pics then it will take them instantly and store them in RAM and write to card in the background. About 4 or 5 pics is the max.

Have had one camera bad out of the box, only focuses at 1.5m and took days of testing to finally find it was a bad camera.

Camera 2 is giving varying performance as does not handle motion at all well.

For the price I would have expected better from Ricoh.


Although I have not used this camera myself, it seems to be rated pretty well.  I wonder if you can play with the settings to "handle" the motion.  The higher the shutter speed the better for motion, so you can lower your aperture and raise the ISO setting.  Just an idea.


There are a lot of setting to fine tune on the camera and I have squibbed out and left that to the surveyor who is going to use it.

In it's default settings on auto it was overexposing the shots and producing white a bit of motion blur.

The motion blur I can compensate for with a delay at the shooting points, but the camera still needs quite a bit of fiddling.

Thanks ... 3 seconds still is more than the 2.3sec I have now with my cheap 12MP canon. Is the CHDK v1 delivered by Ricoh? I can not find it back at the CHDK reference website: Also is scripting (typical coded in *.bas or*.lau files) available in the CHDK functionality for Ricoh?

The camera comes with a subset of CHDK, I think, as all I was interested in was the remote triggering. The trigger I am using is the PWM CHDK trigger and it works quite well.

I have not looked at the camera's scripting ability, and in general have not been overly impressed with it's lack of performance.

I think the much less expensive Canon camera I have does a better job in a simpler fashion, and for me that is a better approach.

Hi Take a look at the Aiptek A-HD, it has A/v out and can take 5Mg pictures while its A/v is being sent and it records in HD while its in the plane. The screen folds flat in use and it does not auto off in normal operation, records 2 hr of video and pictures. best of all its CHEAP . I bought mine new from B+H photo of new york. less than 120$ witha 2 year break it if you can and we will replace it warranty. I bought mine 12 months ago . its been crashed 3 times dropped twice and still works great!!  easy to add a servo as a camera trigger


Sir, I am trying to have a onboard camera on my UAV, i wanted to know what will be the best specification for the camera.....also i have a 2.4GHz module which i will be using to transmit the video information to a laptop.....i wanted to know whether ardupilot ca directly be used with the 2.4GHz module.............thanks in advance.....plz i want help as i have to submit my project on oct 29th ..............

Neil, I am researching this same topic for my quad copter or it appears to be the same.  

In my case I would like to have more control over the camera remotely than taking a picture using a remote trigger (gentLED) or programming it before flight to shoot video and/or still photography. It would be nice to have a way to control the camera through RC with a list of programmatical commands.  CHDK just provides more features for the camera as I see it, but is there a way to actually control the camera thru any of the ports into the cameras?  Even if the copter has a secondary lower resolution FPV camera mounted somewhere to determine the right view, then control the camera to take pictures, shoot video, etc beyond the controls of the gentLED functionality.  I am guessing there is no universal protocol to control these proprietary cameras.  With this control it seems as though you could mount all sorts of different levels of cameras and accomplish what you need. I agree with you that it would be nice to accomplish this with a point and shoot style because of weight and size.  Have you decided on a budget for your camera?  You mentioned the GoPro, so does this mean you want something around $300? For me, I would like to have two levels, one high end and one lower end option.

My requirement for the camera are flexible.  The only thing is my camera mount is 103mm wide which limits the camera size.  Have you seen these accessories mainly the second link.  Would be nice if it worked with other cameras.

I have a GoPro that I use for video and also have a FPV camera that I can use to "line up the shots" if needed but it would have to attach it in some weird configuration.  Your right if the camera functions could be changed like this device does for the GoPro that would be a great.  The canon S95 seen here fits my requirements but is getting middle of the road reviews on some other forums for AP applications.  Weight and getting it to fit is the main concern but under $400 would be nice. After 100+ perfect flights I had a ESC go bad resulting in a crash about a week ago so it has made me a bit leary of anything real expensive.


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