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Old 01-29-2010, 07:05 PM
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Hi all,
I searched the threads and didn't find much on the "flycamone3". I would like to buy a camera to mount on a plane and get nice photos/video- and as the FCO3 was made for R/C it seemed like a good choice. However the feedback at H/L on the FCO2 was kinda poor, and their is none on the FCO3.
So, do any of my fellow Wattheads have any thoughts? I want a easy set up as I'm not a "photo" guy but I would like clear pic's and vid from a GWS Beaver or a CX2.
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Originally Posted by K CLOSE View Post
Hi all,
I searched the threads and didn't find much on the "flycamone3". I would like to buy a camera to mount on a plane and get nice photos/video- and as the FCO3 was made for R/C it seemed like a good choice. However the feedback at H/L on the FCO2 was kinda poor, and their is none on the FCO3.
So, do any of my fellow Wattheads have any thoughts? I want a easy set up as I'm not a "photo" guy but I would like clear pic's and vid from a GWS Beaver or a CX2.
Cheers

http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trk...ICRO+CAMERA+DV

People are getting good results with these ... and they're very cheap and light. Just make sure the one you buy doesn't have builtin memory (as those seem to be the ones with problems / lower quality)
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Originally Posted by K CLOSE View Post
Hi all,
I searched the threads and didn't find much on the "flycamone3". I would like to buy a camera to mount on a plane and get nice photos/video- and as the FCO3 was made for R/C it seemed like a good choice. However the feedback at H/L on the FCO2 was kinda poor, and their is none on the FCO3.
So, do any of my fellow Wattheads have any thoughts? I want a easy set up as I'm not a "photo" guy but I would like clear pic's and vid from a GWS Beaver or a CX2.
Cheers
I could never get my FCO2's sound to sync with the video even with a super-high -speed SDHC card. Also, the way the aperture is configured (quite small) it really makes changes in light and dark (that is, ground and sky) very noticeable and distracting.

The FCO3 corrects some of these issues, or so I have heard - but it really seems like they have gone off the deep end trying to get a piece of the FPV market. 20 pounds of crap in a 10-pound bag syndrome.

I think a small flash camera like the one HC sells (out of stock ATM) is a decent bet price wise - unless you wanna move up to an AIPTEK camcorder which is quite a bit larger.

Just my $0.02. Cheers

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Old 01-30-2010, 03:37 PM
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My advice is to spend a bit more & keep away from flycams, they are CRAP!!! Just look on youtube, they distort with high power RF feilds from our electric motors...go for a panasonic or sony.

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Does the car keyring camera mentioned in one of the above posts (http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trk...ICRO+CAMERA+DV) use a SD card or micro SD card, the SD card is roughly 30 x 24 x 2mm, micro SD card are alot smaller.
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It's a TF/MicroSD slot ...
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Old 01-30-2010, 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by cisc0box View Post
http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trk...ICRO+CAMERA+DV

People are getting good results with these ... and they're very cheap and light. Just make sure the one you buy doesn't have builtin memory (as those seem to be the ones with problems / lower quality)
I would recommend these to anyone looking for a simple camera.

A good thread is here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1115052
Lots of good info here: http://www.chucklohr.com/808/

An example video I made:


The thing I liked about my FCO2 was that it will automatically take still photos every few seconds, which was nice. These keychain cameras will not do that, but for like $13, who cares? The still-photo quality was poor anyway.
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Plus ... you can always make still pictures from your video.
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by cisc0box View Post
Plus ... you can always make still pictures from your video.
True, the single frame showing on the Youtube video before you play the video is better quality that the still photos from the camera. Good point.
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:13 PM
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I've been reasonably happy with my FCO2. Actually, I've purchased three of them -- every time I buy one, someone likes it and wants to buy it from me (then I have to order another one)!

Here's the deal -- you get what you pay for. $100 for a 1-ounce video camera is pretty darned good. There's a high definition camera out there that shoots GREAT video, but it weighs 6-ounces and costs about $300. (6-ounces and $300 is NOT so great for styrofoam airplanes.)

I like the idea of the FCO3 because you can buy the camera and then choose to (or choose NOT to) purchase all the extra little "add ons" which will raise the price and weight of the camera.

The big selling point of the FCO2 is the 1-ounce weight -- so lightweight that your airplane won't even know it's there.
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If you want HD quality video ... your best bet is to buy an Aiptek A-HD or something similar. Under $100 and about as light as you'll find for a HD cam for the price.

I've seen people attach these to gliders with no problem ...
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Aiptek -- now THERE's a low-quality camera!

I will never purchase another Aiptek camera again!


There's a pilot (not me) at my club field who is always trying new video cameras on his airplane. He's found that many cameras fail because of vibration. In that aspect, the FlyCamOne series is an excellent purchase because it never shuts down due to vibration.
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:41 PM
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I've had my Aiptek A-HD for four years ... still works great. *shrug*
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by cisc0box View Post
If you want HD quality video ... your best bet is to buy an Aiptek A-HD or something similar. Under $100 and about as light as you'll find for a HD cam for the price.

I've seen people attach these to gliders with no problem ...
Hi
I agree
I love mine i got this one with the tripod for around $100 online
Heres a few short clips to view the quality of the video watch at the highest resolution for best effect
Do enjoy
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3_-oZtRd_w[/media]
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpd8zPUl0Gs[/media]
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKvo2aP0Dsc[/media]
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmRsGWVFLnw[/media]
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDNy9sRc_LQ[/media]
I plan on mounting this on my 65 inch wing span Cessna im building over this winter
Cant wait until spring arrives
Take care
Hank

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Old 01-31-2010, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by cisc0box View Post
I've had my Aiptek A-HD for four years ... still works great. *shrug*
Hi
Mine is 2 years old and still going strong
Dont know why they get such a bad rep
Take care
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Thanks for the input guys. I really think I would just snap up a flycam for a lot of reasons (read as I'm lazy and that's easiest) except for that dead battery thing. For what I want to do I might just do the El Cheapo keycam.
Anyone else got a fave-rave.
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:48 PM
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Ok, I bought one of these-
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...isk_Micro_SD__
I figured for $25.00 how far wrong could I go? Once I get it I'll post....
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Old 02-11-2010, 02:19 AM
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I bought one of those turnigy cams and it works pretty nice. Is solid comes with 2 lition batteries and a bunch of accessories for 39 bucks. Easy to use. I have yet to had a chance to mount it on a plane but have taken video with it and it works great. Nice quality. Even took some video in my car while drving in the dark and I could make out everything in the video.
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Old 03-01-2010, 02:46 AM
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I posted shortly after I bought the camera on the 10th. I still have not gotten my stuff from Hobby City. That New Year is a @#$#$. As soon as I get it I'll post here again-hopefully a vid.
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:07 AM
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OK I got my shipment today!
In with all the bits and birds was the cam. I whipped up a quick mount for my GWS Beaver and I will see how it goes. I snapped the pics of the cam in my mount with my cell phoneClick image for larger version

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ID:	122195 The Turnigy pics are way more grainy, but it is sooo light. I tried to fly it in my MCX but it was just too heavy, but only just. There's plenty of vid from these on youtube so thats the excuse I'll use to cover that I don't know how to post video. I'll post something once it's test flown, but I can't say when that will be as it was very windy here today . Over all I'm pleased so far, but you don't get any instructions and the controls are anything but intituitive. I figured it out with the help of the "comments" section on HK's site.
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