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#### BABAR

##### Builds Rockets for NASA
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I have 21 flights on one, including several with incomplete ‘chute deployments. It took me awhile to figure out how to get a 15 inch ‘chute and an FS Mini in a cloth pouch out of that BT-50 tube reliably. In fact, I have had to replace the body tube once because it’s gotten crumpled from the resulting less-than-soft landings. It’s flown on Q-Jet B4s and C12s, Estes B6s, C5s and C6s.

The camera has been rock solid. Here is a Q-Jet C12-6 flight:

I took advantage of the ability to peel the sticker off the pearlescent tube to transfer it to the replacement plain white BT-50.
Kinda woulda been nice if they had angled the camera out a bit, not wasted 1/4 of FOV with the nose cone. Sometimes I wonder if they actually beta test these things.

#### rklapp

##### NAR# 109557
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Not sure it applies to the Estes cams. I think @georgegassaway was the source (not sure), but i did read somewhere that at least for the Keychain 808 cameras the cameras had no internal overcharging protection, the recommendation was not to leave them plugged in over 2 hours, ideally to unplug them when the “completed charging” signal was given (varies, light stops blinking, starts blinking, or turns off. Read the manuals. Of course the manuals are not in the best English, but since I speak zero Chinese, I am not in a position to complain!)
Good point. The instructions said that the blue light will slowly blink. The blue light wasn't going on when plugged in. When I finally got it to work and plugged in, the blue light wouldn't blink.

It's finally working again. Hopefully, I beat the battery into submission.

#### BEC

##### Well-Known Member
Not overly impressed with the picture quality. If however the flight data is automatically applied, that would be a cool plus.
No, that was overlaid by using a third-party piece of software intended for laying gages over dash-cam video from racetrack usage or some such. See the huge logo that I've not paid to remove in the lower left hand corner. Data, in this case, from a FlightSketch Mini.

#### BABAR

##### Builds Rockets for NASA
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No, that was overlaid by using a third-party piece of software intended for laying gages over dash-cam video from racetrack usage or some such. See the huge logo that I've not paid to remove in the lower left hand corner. Data, in this case, from a FlightSketch Mini.
Bummer. Really would be cool for Estes to integrate that into the camera, but obviously would significantly bump the price. @rklapp ‘s inflight videos are much better quality.

#### BEC

##### Well-Known Member
Yeah, a combination camera/altimeter (with accelerometer) would certainly be a larger, pricier, harder-to-use piece of hardware. As for the quality, having flown several flavors of "808" cameras on planes and rockets over the last 10 years or so, as well as a Mobius, it certainly is not bad, especially considering the tiny, light device that it is.

Thankfully this camera is closer to the Mobius in user interface—not all the complex or hard to remember, unlike 808s and their ilk.

#### rklapp

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I'm still looking for a compact camera under 20g with easy controls (more than one button) and films in 1080p/60fps so I can slow it down without it turning into a slide show. Even Tim's $104 camera films only in 30fps. The search continues... #### Greg Furtman ##### Well-Known Member TRF Supporter I'm still looking for a compact camera under 20g with easy controls (more than one button) and films in 1080p/60fps so I can slow it down without it turning into a slide show. Even Tim's$104 camera films only in 30fps. The search continues...

If you find one please let me know.

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#### neil_w

##### Good at some things
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I do have a 1k resistor inline for the continuity light. Without the cable...
Whoa, those aren't even alkaline batteries... you really like to live on the edge.

Heading over to PMs, don't want to clog this thread with any more of my battery talk.