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Old 11-12-2004, 05:30 AM
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Hello I have been considering for quite some time about putting a cheap digital camera in my piper cub. It is a clipped wing with a saito 70 in it. I am looking for something that I can take pictures with and then download to my laptop after I land. This setup must be small and lightweight so as not to significantly affect flight performance since it is a clipped wing it already has higher wingloading than a full length winged cub. Your advice and suggestions on equipment, installation, and use would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-19-2004, 11:03 AM
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Default RE: Inexpensive and lightweight camera ideas please

WalMart sometimes has inexpensive digital cameras in the 5 oz. range. I'm sure others have experience with these.
I use a reall small Aiptek Mini Pencam in my little Beaver. Weighs 2.5 oz. Beaver weighs 18 oz. with camera.
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Those tiny little keychain cameras on ebay are supposed to go to sleep after one minute but they don't completely shut off like some do. You can't get much smaller or lighter than that and although the photos aren't super detailed, 640X480 is still good enough res to post on the net.
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You'd be surprised how little even a large camera slung outside the cabin affects the trim on a large plane.
I've flown 14 oz cameras taped to the wing on large electrics with no noticeable problems.
A good digital camera with 3M of picture weighs very little, and they're small, getting smaller.
No need to compromise with the 640x480 format.
My Casio Exilim 3.2M has 2048x1536,.. Images are superb!
Weighs a little more than 4 oz.
This one is scaled to 50% original size..
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What makes a good AP plane?
Anything.
From a YardStik to a Kadet
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