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Old 12-01-2003, 11:25 AM
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I purchased a High resolution Panasonic GP-CX171 camera.

The camera has a hard time if the sun is in or near the shot. If the sun is in the field of view, say at the top center of the frame, there will be a wide white band and everything to the right of it is badly color distorted.

I thought you would see some washout and maybe a big star where the sun would be, not a thick white line and the distorted half of frame.

Is this normal for all cameras? Would a B&W camera be better if the sun is going to get in the frame on a regual basis?

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Old 12-01-2003, 05:25 PM
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It’s probably just a normal CCD streak, even high end camcorders and digi-cams do it when looking at the sun. Usually they just have some vertical lines, do you have a picture we could look at? That’s one of the few things cmos does better, black dot in the center of the sun and no streaks.
http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-...?msg_id=003slq

I haven’t flown with one yet, but a circular polarizing filter or UV filter adapted from a camcorder and a sunshade may help some. A black and white camera should behave the same if it has a CCD.
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Old 12-01-2003, 07:17 PM
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At this time I have no way of posting pictures. I was pretty bummed out to see this. I think the less expensive camera that ybnormal sells is just as good.
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Old 12-28-2003, 01:28 PM
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The best cameras that I have found are from KT&C. They have digital signal processing and very sharp pictures. The prices are good as well ranging from about $100.00 to $200.00 for the smaller cameras. The one for 115.00 is very good, much better than the Panasonic 171 at $220. with a lens and 12 volt board.
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Old 12-28-2003, 02:57 PM
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If you are open to 12v cameras, then check out Supercircuits. They have a very liberal return policy if you discover a camera does not satisfy your needs, and their prices are very competitive.

I own a couple board cameras and 'lipstick' cameras from them.

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I have the camera that comes with their 900mhz system. Supposed to be something like 460 lines of res. Camera works great. The video system not so great for some reason.
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If you are open to 12v cameras, then check out Supercircuits. They have a very liberal return policy if you discover a camera does not satisfy your needs, and their prices are very competitive.

I own a couple board cameras and 'lipstick' cameras from them.

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