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.

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


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

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.

This a link for the possible compatible cameras that the LANC would work with including other brands.

Dosn't look like any of the models listed are still cameras though.

Looks like the Canon s95 with the CHDK firmware is going to be my choice.  Around $175 used is looking like a good option.

This is great info you have here, I am still familiarizing myself with these different gadgets and this certainly helps.  I guess one question I should have asked is why you need a different solution than the GoPro for pictures.  What exactly is the problem with the GoPro pictures?  I do see that GoPro cameras automatically adjust the ISO/shutter speed for you, but there is no way to make these adjustments yourself. There might also be a lot of post processing work you need to do for lens correction/wide angle of the pictures. I have not used the GoPro myself, but this article (albeit on the Hero) showed some cons in using the GoPro for stills: GoPro Hero - It does stills?

I wonder if your problem could be remedied through the mounting system, but this depends on the problem so maybe you can comment.  Isolation/gyros can help stabilize the vibration in your copter etc. I am sure you know this, but thought I would ask.

I do like the idea of having a zoom on the camera and the GoPro does not have that.  This is why I really liked the demo video with the LANC controller you sent.  However, those video cameras (CX730/760) used were around $1200, so that might be an expensive crash.

I have also been looking at the S95/S100 camera because of the size, cost and their ratings. I would be interested in seeing the reviews you have seen on the S95 that are middle of the road.  Again, for me, it gets into the camera controls for these camera.  I did find this interesting link using the USB link on the cameras during my research: Digital Camera Control.  This would work, but would require a lot of reverse engineering/coding to do so.

I will let you know if I find out any further information on a good camera.  It might just be time to order some of these items and try for myself.  Thanks again for the suggestions.

Great price and camera.  How will you control it, will you use the RC shutter switch you mentioned?  I was thinking of buying this camera as my new point and shoot.  I will interested to hear how you end up controlling it and how the quality looks from your UAV.  Keep us posted.

As of right now im just going to send it up shooting continious pictures and see how they turn out when I download them.  It does have the A/V out wich I will be using as my view finder.  Ill keep you posted as I am in the process of buying a used one right now.  The GoPro takes nice pictures but not very big megapixels.  I attached a couple sample shots below.


Neil....any updates on your S95 work?  How do you like it?

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