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Help Please! Video related challenge Vision 2+

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Smicklos, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. Smicklos

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    I have a need to record video from the air using my drone copter. The camera that is mounted (stock camera) does not have the ability to zoom very well if I am flying at 150+ feet in the air.

    I have to imagine that I am not the only one who wants to record video that is far enough away to not be able to use a POV camera. I was thinking something just like what is mounted with a zoom feature (so I can use the software to control the camera while flying the quadcopter)

    Is there a gimbal that houses a video camera with an optical or digital zoom feature? A lens or something I can use on a different camera?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    :D
     
  2. locoworks

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    what you need is a different copter and a different camera, the phantom is just not designed for what you want to do.
     
  3. SteveMann

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    If you want an optical zoom lens, then you will need a copter big enough to lift the camera and lens. Plan on spending upwards of $10,000.
    If you want digital zoom, do it in post. Same difference.
     
  4. Smicklos

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    I was hoping to use a camcorder of some kind :-(. The phantom 2 has a gimbal for a Mark 5 EOS III which is far heavier than any of my 3 hand held cameras. I am recognizing the issue as not being able to control the video camera functions.
     
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    No.
     
  6. Meta4

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    The biggest gimbal that DJI make is the Zenmuse Z15 and it isn't big enough for a Mark 5
    http://www.dji.com/product/zenmuse-z15/feature
    It weighs 1.3 kg - That's more than a Phantom 2+

    The Phantom couldn't even lift the gimbal for the Mark 5 and has no chance of lifting the camera.
    More homework needed.
     
  7. 4wd

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    You can sort of zoom by using the narrow field of view at 1080p
     
  8. Smicklos

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    It appears with this copter My only gimbal choice is go pro and then try to find a third party lens or something to help with zooming ....
     
  9. Smicklos

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    Maybe something like this with the hero 3 gimbal? http://ragecams.com/shop/16mm-lens-gopr ... p-543.html