Thanks to Edge Research Lab for the HackHD

We're obliged to the chaps at Edge Research Lab for sending over a HackHD camera for use on our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission. We haven't got it into the air yet for a test, but the guys at Edge have used it for various flights and say it works perfectly. Let's face it, it must be better than our stroppy GoPro 3. More here.

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Comment by Pedals2Paddles on May 16, 2014 at 7:38am

Hopefully your lohan isn't on drugs like other lohans.  Seriously though, that's a powerful little camera, especially video out and edge storage.


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Comment by Ted Van Slyck on May 16, 2014 at 8:35am

Wow, perfect alternative to a gopro. It would be easy to interface with APM. Thanks for the post

Comment by Mark on May 16, 2014 at 11:02am

Great camera! Although tech specs are lower than of GP3 white, a $199 camera.

It would be nice if image sensor with the lens can be a separate unit, so it can be installed in any orientation in more aerodynamic fashion.

Overall dimensions are greater than GP3. So far no GoPro alternative on the market, I wish there was.

Comment by Nuno on May 16, 2014 at 1:19pm

This could be coull to make NDVI, if it has any filter probably will be easy to remove and put the filter we want.

can anyone say if it's possible

Comment by Swift on May 16, 2014 at 5:09pm

I use this Cam.  +1 with Ted, very easy to interface with APM or PixHawk or wathever.  The only thing is missing is that you cannot change from Photo/Video without having to edit the config file on the MicroSD card and reboot the Cam.  Current firware is 1.1.15 ... I often check if a new firmware is available that would permit the switch without having to reboot...  Will maiden soon... if I can finish the airframe.

About Mark's post regarding separating the lense.  This is a question in there FAQ:

Here is an extract:

Can I solder wires to the sensor in order to place the lens somewhere off of the board? 
This is possible but would not be any easier on our camera than a GoPro camera and may affect quality issues as the sensor should be as close to the other board components as possible. Click here for a picture of our sensor.

So far, I like this Cam.

Thanks for posting Lester.

Comment by Mark on May 16, 2014 at 5:52pm

Thanks Swift!

I kinda suspected it must be the case. Although on GoPro 3 sensor is on a separate board and I hoped GoPro would make it and option to separate lens from the body, but I guess it's not gonna happen within next century.

Comment by EDGE Research Lab on May 17, 2014 at 1:20pm

@Nuno, the hot mirror filter is attached to the back of the lens (not over the sensor), so achieving NIR/NDVI is very doable.  In fact, we commissioned a custom lens with an IR pass filter (visible block - looks like a mirror) and it works great for spotting irrigated fields from our balloons... here's a visible shot:

And here's the same view through the custom lens - we mounted two HHDs side by side for comparison, there's some misalignment, but it's close.  The fields are clearly visible:

Have been meaning to do a blog post on this for a while, as I know there's a lot of interest in NDVI here... hopefully soon I'll get all of the details written up properly.

Comment by Anderl on May 18, 2014 at 4:30am

@Edge Research Lab: Your review about this particular matter will be very welcome. Thanks in advance.

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