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JH313 11-13-2012 05:56 PM

Looking to Enter Aerial Photography
I was looking to start taking aerial photographs and videos and was thinking about the new Hero 3 by GoPro. My questions are:
1. Would this camera be a good idea?
2. I am rebuilding an avistar, thinking of putting a mount their under fuse, would a plane this big mind the little extra weight?
3. If I were to put a mount on a parkflyer (soarstar or radian type of plane), would the extra weight matter.
4. Is there a better camera option out there?

***I am aware of how controversial this issue is. I will NOT be flying FPV, the plane would never leave my sight, I will not fly higher than allowed (or I normally do). Just looking to see what the world looks like from out there.***
Thank you!

Tobtech 11-19-2012 03:02 PM

RE: Looking to Enter Aerial Photography
I don't have much experience with using a cam on a plane yet but I have used a GoPro quite a bit. The Avistar would handle the GoPro with no problems. I am not sure about the park flyers, I am getting ready to start experiementing with this myself. As far as Gopro being the best, I don't think they are the best, the are the most well known because they were the first consumer grade camera of that type and they continue with heavy marketing. Look at Replay and Contour as well, they are very good and a little smaller and make an educated choice.

Bozarth 12-02-2012 03:47 PM

RE: Looking to Enter Aerial Photography
I have used the following for inflight video (just got into the idea this past month):

BulletHD Pro
JVC Axxion
Sony Action Cam

The Sony is far superior in video quality, the smallest, and the very easy to work. Far more streamlined compared to a GoPro. I have the GoPro2 but haven't used it yet. I have mounted the Sony on a .60 sized stick, a Skyraider Mach II, and an indoor epp foamy (without the waterproof case). Zero issues with any.

Here are my videos:




Bozarth 12-02-2012 03:49 PM

RE: Looking to Enter Aerial Photography

JumpinGeo 05-30-2013 01:33 PM

RE: Looking to Enter Aerial Photography
Hi BozarthLiked these videos with the Super Stunts and the Sony Action Cam. I noticed that the Sony seemed to be moving around ever so slightly. Like 1 or 2 inches. Especially when you were coming in for a landing. Can you tell me how you mounted the camera to the plane? Any special mount?Thanks for responding. Please post more videos and great music too. I am assuming that you landed and changed the position of the camera to film towards the rear of the plane. Or did you have some sort of a motorized head to swivel the Camera?Oh...What program are you using to edit your video?Whew ... Such questions!!! But thank you for answering them.Bill

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