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Has Anyone Used a Camera like Coolpics 9700 on a Phantom?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Paloose, Aug 17, 2014.

  1. Paloose

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    I am looking for other options besides the GoPro since there is no zoom, or interchangeable lenses. I recently saw a Nikon Coolpics that was rather small 250grams. I have a couple questions.
    1 Is there a gimbal that would support this on a Phantom 2
    2 Would the weight be too much for the Phantom
    3 Could I control the zoom from the controller since I cannot use Wifi
    4 What have you experience pilots found that works
    Thanks for your thoughts
     
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    Re: Has Anyone Used a Camera like Coolpics 9700 on a Phantom

    It would be a big project to get that camera on a Phantom and be able to use zoom.
    For a start you'd need a gimbal that could weigh as much as the camera again.
    The weight is going to be a serious handicap on a smallquad.
    No - you can't control the zoom and if you can't see the picture you couldn't use it.
    If you need to use a camera likethat, take a look at the Walkera Tali H500.
    They have saidthey are going to bring out a gimbal to fly a Sony RX100 with FPV.
    Otherwise you'd have to look at even bigger quads and bigger $$ to fly a real camera.
     
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    Re: Has Anyone Used a Camera like Coolpics 9700 on a Phantom

    If you are wanting to zoom as part of your video rather than just FPV you can do this with a GoPro camera in post processing.

    Richard, ThatHPIguy on YouTube, uploaded a demo of this sometime back.

    http://youtu.be/cHX8mtkxUBs

    Regards

    Nidge
     
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    Re: Has Anyone Used a Camera like Coolpics 9700 on a Phantom

    Walkera is?
     
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    Re: Has Anyone Used a Camera like Coolpics 9700 on a Phantom

    Indeed! I hadn't heard about it before, kind of surprised it's taken someone this long to build a small 3-axis for the RX100. I wonder if it'll be able to be used on other platforms than the H500.
     
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    Re: Has Anyone Used a Camera like Coolpics 9700 on a Phantom

    Thanks for the input. I think the best solution is post production zoom and record in highest resolution. I do not want to lose flight time with a heavy load.
     
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    Re: Has Anyone Used a Camera like Coolpics 9700 on a Phantom

    i 3d printed a mount for my tripod's mount (sounds weird) and loaded a point and shoot. since i cant rotate the mount i printed 4 mounts with different angles (30, 45, 90 and 0).

    the camera weights about 250 grams and i dont have fpv, it kinda sucks but im getting way much better photos than the ones that can be shooted with a go pro.
     
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    Re: Has Anyone Used a Camera like Coolpics 9700 on a Phantom

    ^that reminds me, here's another mount for using small point-n-shoot cameras on a P2: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=13075

    Not a gimbal, but for some cameras it may be the best option for mounting to a Phantom.
     
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    Re: Has Anyone Used a Camera like Coolpics 9700 on a Phantom

    What camera are you using? Does it have an intervolometer or some type of time lapse feature?
     
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    I bought one of these http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IQ7PRHU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 All you would need to do is mount a basic go pro mount on the bottom of the Phantom then you could mount any point and shoot that could be carried. The main issue is to get the camera to take pictures. The camera has to have some way to automatically take pictures.

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    Re: Has Anyone Used a Camera like Coolpics 9700 on a Phantom

    If you use a Canon point & shoot you can do a CHDK modification to the software (non destructive). This will give you the option of a intervolometer.

    I have mounted a Sony A5000 on my PV. You can download a Time Lapse App which is basically an intervolmeter.
     
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    Re: Has Anyone Used a Camera like Coolpics 9700 on a Phantom

    This will work on the NEX line, and I think some of the A- models as well: http://www.cnchelicopter.com/servlet/th ... 2nd/Detail
     
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    Re: Has Anyone Used a Camera like Coolpics 9700 on a Phantom

    this is my setup:

    tripod mount + mount for the tripod mount :roll:






    as you can see i can carry a point and shoot (this camera is not the one im using) or a video camera (yeah i know, no image stabilization... but im capable of recording on full hd avchd format)

    point and shoot:


    or sony hdr-cx100


    there are a few point and shoot cameras that have a time lapse feature, im using a ricoh wg-4 gps http://www.dpreview.com/products/ricoh/compacts/ricoh_wg4gps, not the quality of a sony rx-100 iii but much more quality than the gopro hero 3+ and this one is water resistant, drop resistant and comes with a gps so all photos have gps data in the exif info.

    greetings :)
     

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    Re: Has Anyone Used a Camera like Coolpics 9700 on a Phantom

    Thanks for the info and tips.
     
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    Re: Has Anyone Used a Camera like Coolpics 9700 on a Phantom

    The Walkera Tali H500 will have a 3D gimbal for the Sony RX100 sometime in September