Onboard Video Cameras

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Dave Pritts

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I see a lot of YouTube videos of flights but not much about what cameras they're using. Most units I find mentioned in posts are long since gone, out of stock, or prohibitively expensive. I'm looking for something at around a $100. Anyone here flying a currently available camera on 2.6" or 3" vehicles.? rocketlabdelta Cognita per experientiam Check out this fairly recent thread for some ideas: Onboard video, what’s the latest and greatest? RunCam makes some FPV focused stuff that could also be used in rocketry. Something like the RunCam Orange 5 might work for you and is$100.

There are several options if you want to spend more but the thought of smashing up an expensive camera on a rough landing doesn't sit well with me.

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Roger Smith
Don't get too caught up with 1080 vs 4K. It is the size of the pizza that is important, not how many times you slice it. A larger sensor with a better lense will generally produce better image quality.

Having said that, I am really pleased with the video quality from such small cameras. They have done some amazing things with the electronics to make up for the small size. I am not going to trade in my DSLR for an 808 mini camera, but I am also not going to tape my DSLR to the side of a Big Bertha!

Dave Pritts

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I agree. A 5d strapped to the side of the 3 or 4" air frame will take more impulse than I am certified for(or can afford).

Happy flying

Roger Smith

I agree. A 5d strapped to the side of the 3 or 4" air frame will take more impulse than I am certified for(or can afford).

Happy flying
I recall an article in one of the magazines about twenty years ago describing how someone mounted several (four, six, eight?) SLRs in a rocket to get a panaramic photo near apogee.

It was a big rocket with a big motor.

JDcluster

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It was his Level 3 project Minds Eye ( I believe)
was the name of the rocket. I can't remember the flyer's name though... He was in one of the LDRS videos.

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I recall an article in one of the magazines about twenty years ago describing how someone mounted several (four, six, eight?) SLRs in a rocket to get a panaramic photo near apogee.

It was a big rocket with a big motor.

ether

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Roger Smith
Or maybe I read about it on the website that I manage.

Gee. I remembered incorrectly. The rocket carried just three SLRs ... plus eight Point And Shoot cameras!

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plugger

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I was hoping to fly a Runcam Split 3 Nano on Sunday but the weather was uncooperative. Makes sense I guess. Anyway, it also starts recording immediately upon power up and does 1080p60 and costs ~\$70. Here's a thread on the split cams that I started some time ago.