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Old 05-11-2007, 02:38 PM
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I've been practicing lately flying my Draganfly with a 4oz weight strapped to the bottom so I can get enough flying confidence to finally take some aerial photos with a small digital camera. This is the main reason I bought my Draganfly in the first place! (Thank you Clement7 for the payload information.)

I scraped the excellent www.dpreview.com site's database to find out what are the lightest cameras of all time:
            Mega    Empty  with    
 Resolution pixels  weight batt.  Camera
 1280x960   1.2      85      ?    Casio Exilim EX-S1
 1280x960   1.2      85      ?    Casio Exilim EX-M1
 1600x1200  1.9      79    100    Casio Exilim EX-S20
 1600x1200  1.9      80      ?    Casio Exilim EX-M20
 1600x1200  1.9      88    106    Casio Exilim EX-S2
 1600x1200  1.9      90    108    Casio Exilim EX-M2
 2048x1536  3.1      72    110    Casio Exilim EX-S3
 2048x1536  3.1      98    115    Pentax Optio S
 2304x1728  4.0      98    115    Pentax Optio S4
 2592x1944  5.0      98    114    Samsung Digimax A503
 2816x2112  5.9     100    120    Pentax Optio S6
 3072x2304  7.1     100    120    Pentax Optio S7
 2816x2112  5.9     110      ?    Olympus FE-190
 3072x2304  7.1     103    118    Olympus Stylus 710
 2592x1944  5.0     105    120    Canon PowerShot SD30 ELPH
 3072x2304  7.1     105    120    Canon PowerShot SD40 ELPH
(4 oz is 113.4 grams.)

The old Casio Exilim cameras, while light, seem to take crappy fuzzy camcordery photos from what I've seen.

I think cre8web uses an Olympus FE-190 and Clement7 uses the Pentax Optio S7.

The Canon PowerShot ELPH cameras have a fabulous custom timer-shot feature that will avoid my having to wire up my own circuit to repeatedly trigger the shutter. From what I've read, the Canon's custom timer feature instructs the camera to wait up to 10 seconds, then take up to 10 photos at 2 second intervals. Perfect for getting the Draganfly up into the air and taking a bunch of shots.

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Default RE: Best camera for aerial still photos?

I bought two Casio Exlim cameras (one of them is ex-z9).
I would not recommend it!!!
they are unreliable & tend to jam & brake + the ex-z9 many times when I wanted to take a picture the camera took so long to focus i missed the shot.

the other one was a different exlim but it broke in regular use & was not worth while fixing, it is in the garbage now so that is why i don't have the model number.
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From my experience the DF even with Ti activated is very hard to control at more than 60 feet high even with a 3 Onz payload.
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I have also used Casio Exlim, but for me it worked fine

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