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I have two keychain cameras that I bought 10 years ago and recently rediscovered. One of them is dead due to a crash landing aboard one of my FSI upscales, but the other one just passed the test and should fly this weekend, maybe a couple of times. I went looking for replacements and the price has apparently gone the way of the housing market. I think mine may have cost me $20 delivered. These days the updated version sells from $35 to $90. Guess I got in at the right time.
 

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MateCam 808 with the 120 wide angle lense, when it was affordable. Probably the most affordable cam now would be the one on the Estes EST7308 AstroCam.
 

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RunCam and never look back.
 

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What camera have you had the best luck using for on board video?
I’ve had pretty good luck with three models from the post-keychain Mobius line, starting with the Action Cam (full 1080p), the (now-discontinued) Mobius 2 (faster frame rate but issues with audio-video sync), and most recently the excellent Mobius Maxi (2.7k UHD resolution at 30 fps).

Here's a sample, the actual file recorded by the Mobius Maxi camera (rather than a re-rendered You Tube video).

Good skies,
GlueckAuf
 
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Got a run cam, does not work :(
Does this describe the issue at hand?
 

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Hi Justin, nope, Will not take videos, Tried different cards, tried my sons phone. Can't make it work.
 

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I have used a Booster Vision for a number of years....still works OK. Much more recently, I received as a gift, a camera from Apogee that I've flown several times recently. It even survived a ballistic crash from 3000'....(charge didn't break apart rocket even though it had been ground tested and flown successfully before.)
 

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I've used nothing but the original Mobius cam and Additive Aerospace shrouds.
I was planning on a Mobius-mini for one of my small rockets but seem to be scarce.
Short clip at half speed via MS Pic program
 

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I have only used a RunCam 4k and it's worked fine for me. It survived a ballistic recovery from 1k feet too. I have it inside a custom 3D printed mount.
 

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RunCam2 is now the most popular platform. Most people have had good success with them.
 

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We purchased two 808's several years ago and got to fly one once. Lack of opportunity, not camera problems. I dug them out last year in preparation for a flight and both looked like this.
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They were only $10 each but it was still a disappointment. So, I'm watching this thread intently and planning....
BWHAHAHAHAAH!
Always planning.
*plotty fingers
 

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MateCam 808 with the 120 wide angle lense, when it was affordable. Probably the most affordable cam now would be the one on the Estes EST7308 AstroCam.
$29.99 including rocket it's embedded in at AC Supply ($50 from Estes...). Anybody ever use these? Reliability? Can't imagine quality is all that great. Is it adequate for LPR/MPR below 2000 AGL, or just a waste of resources? https://www.acsupplyco.com/estes-5325-astrocam-model-rocket-kit?search=Estes AstroCam
 

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I agree, the Estes AstroCam is a great value. It is hard to beat for $30. Here is a link to a video shot in the desert in West Texas


 

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I’ve had pretty good luck with three models from the post-keychain Mobius line, starting with the Action Cam (full 1080p), the (now-discontinued) Mobius 2 (faster frame rate but issues with audio-video sync), and most recently the excellent Mobius Maxi (2.7k UHD resolution at 30 fps).

Here's a sample, the actual file recorded by the Mobius Maxi camera (rather than a re-rendered You Tube video).

Good skies,
GlueckAuf
Nice vid,

I see the igniter went along with the ride!

Kurt
 

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Thank you all .... I just got an Estes AstroCam model, so I can fly the camera on my LVL2 test flight..........
Ground Test Videos look ok ..... Was hoping they would be higher def though.
 

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The RunCam2 has great resolution but it's like 50 grams so needs a heavy motor. The 808 is okay (30fps) but still 27g so off center for LPR. The cube cams are lite, 17g and work fine on C motors. The Astrocam is the litest with same quality. I tape it on the side with masking tape. The AC I had was having troubles keeping a charge. Sandra mailed me a new one but I like the smaller letters on the old one. Oh well...
 
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