JVC and Sony are taking on GoPro with new small HD "action cams". The shape of these will possibly have much better aerodynamics than the GoPro... more in line with Contour's cameras. Notice JVC's is already "quad proof". I'm sure they had quad copter drones in mind. :)




JVC's appears to have more features, but I'm especially interested in Sony's as it's rumored to have image stabilization and a Zeiss lens. Not to mention, it looks really small and sleek. It would require a water proof case (if needed) like the GoPro, where the JVC is bullet proof, well "quad proof" out of the box. I haven't come across any details about whether either camera supports a live analog (SD) output. Post a comment if you know anything about these cameras.




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Comment by Ellison Chan on July 3, 2012 at 3:54pm

A little late to the game.  Almost everyone doing action filming is using gopro.  They've built a loyal following, and the price points are very different.

Comment by Parke @ ParkeFlyer on July 3, 2012 at 4:03pm

Possibly, but with over "1000 new drones" in the air per month... the market for little cameras is really growing, and that is just our little corner of the world. The Hero2 is great, but it's not the best form factor for airplanes.

Comment by Chivar Maximillan Pilones on July 3, 2012 at 4:04pm

can the jvc do a live video out for transmission to vrx? fpv?

Comment by Parke @ ParkeFlyer on July 3, 2012 at 4:13pm

I don't know, Chivar. I would be surprised if they do. Possibly the JVC because the article mentions "lots of ins and outs", but I have not researched these cameras, yet. I'm guessing these would be best for HD capture, not the FPV signal.

Comment by Cliff-E on July 3, 2012 at 7:40pm

Camera biz terminology clarification:

Quadproof == (1) water [upto a depth], (2) dustproof, (3) vibration/shock proof, (4) freeze/temp proof.

If they want to make a good quadcopter camera: some fix to the rolling shutter issues (jello-ing).

Comment by Dave Wicks on July 3, 2012 at 8:29pm
I looked but couldn't figure out if the Sony lens, the Zeiss, was a "floating" lens or not?
Comment by Sayan Andriyanov on July 3, 2012 at 8:38pm

No way. JVC does have the same rolling shutter defect that other cameras do.

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on July 4, 2012 at 12:18am

Ellison: 1080p 60fps, image stabilization and improved rolling shutter will quickly kill the gopro. From a photo/video perceptive the GoPro's are toy's, but the lack of any better alternatives has made them popular.

Comment by Graham Dyer on July 4, 2012 at 12:19am

Both have CMOS sensors so both are likely to suffer the rolling-shutter jello effect, CCD sensors don't have that effect.

Comment by Björn Geir Leifsson on July 5, 2012 at 7:44am

Quote from JVC :

Digital image stabilization minimizes camera shake, and the camera includes rolling shutter cancellation that corrects the image skewing that can occur with CMOS image sensors. The result is distortion-free images, even during fast-moving scenes.


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