Gopro.com>>> Full HD super widescreen camera that is mountable just about anywhere

These camera's are $299, full widescreen HD, 2 hours of battery life. They come with a waterproof casing and are very resistant to shock. Combined with a 16Gb SD card, you can shoot about 4 hours of video. My brother works in LA and he just bought a few of these for a documentary he is going on oyster farming. He has some pretty impressive vids of dredging for the oyster bags under water. I think this would be a perfect addition to arduCopter.
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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on September 6, 2010 at 1:40am
Taylor, yes there is already one cameramount for Sony Bloggie that I have been working on and more will come. You might be correct on this, this would be rather nice add-on to ArduCopter. Problem is that I don't have one so I cannot work with mount, maybe I need to get one soon.

If someone has any extras that could share with me, that would be great too due I cannot buy all the cameras in the world if you know what i mean. So I have a proposal, first one who ships this camera to me will receive full ArduCopter frame with motors/ESCs and propellers from next batch and on top of that I will include also camera mount for this cam. Anyone interested??

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Comment by Max Levine on September 6, 2010 at 4:42am
Jani,
I'll try to scratch up one in "solidworks" later tis week...
I'll see if i can get you one :)
Comment by Tony H on September 6, 2010 at 7:15am
I use one of these and it is a great camera for it. :)



Comment by Tony H on September 6, 2010 at 7:23am
I like this video for showing how shockproof this thing is:
Comment by Tony H on September 6, 2010 at 7:25am
Another thing that Taylor didn't mention is that there is a firmware update in the works to enable video out at the same time as it is recording in HD. There is a way to trick the camera into doing this already that I have done. So with this, we could have full HD recording and then add a video transmitter for a live feed to the ground with just 1 camera

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Comment by Jani Hirvinen on September 6, 2010 at 7:40am
On falling video.. OUCH..

Awesome feature. Do you know if there is any impact on video quality when feeding it our on same time? And is that HD quality or less? Due if it is HD quality beaming it down to ground might get some difficulties. I presume that video output is normal NTSC/PAL signal. How about voice does it also give voice out on same time?

I also saw on your videos that shutter speed is rather good, no much timewarp effect on it. How about filming on evening or in dusk?

Looks like we need to create nice tilt & pan mount for this and then we would have kick-ass FPV camera :)
Comment by Raytrace Nomad on September 6, 2010 at 7:44am
But video out is a little bir problematic. You have to power unit from USB to get video out. [ maybe next firmware it will be solve ]
If you use USB power you couldn't use housing for protection.
It can be record up to 60fps.
Comment by Tony H on September 6, 2010 at 7:46am
The Video out is just normal NTSC/PAL...480i I think. So it will record in HD while transmitting SD to a different source. When I recorded my P-PCB video, I was doing this so that I could see if the camera was lined up well with what I was doing. It should also transmit the sound, but I haven't confirmed that.

I recorded my videos in 1080p at 30 fps. It also has the capability to record in 720p at either 30 fps or 60 fps and 960p at 30 fps. It also has a really wide viewing angle lens. The only thing I've recorded towards dusk is when I've been playing tennis :) and I can definitely see a hit to the quality when there isn't much light
Comment by Tony H on September 6, 2010 at 7:47am
@Raytrace
True, you have to initially connect power from USB, but once it is transmitting the video out, you can remove the USB and it will continue to work.
Comment by Tony H on September 6, 2010 at 7:49am
I haven't compared the night quality to anything else, but I would imagine it is better that anything else in that size range because it has a big image sensor for the camera's size

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