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Old 02-15-2004, 02:31 AM
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Default Which Video Camera for my Glider?

I am finishing up a Carl Goldberg Electra Glider and wish to mount a video camera in it's belly. When I went to ebay I found everyone seems to be selling these and each one claims to be the best. I am not wanting to invest alot of money but I am also not interested in wasting it on one that would be worthless. I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction on which video camera to look at and which to stay away from.

Thanking you ahead of time,

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Old 02-23-2004, 02:01 PM
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hello,
a friend of mine bought a wireless camera on ebay a couple of weeks ago. we started playing with it and monuting it on my glider, (a 118'' bird of time) a hobby lobby pigi 3d, and a hobby lobby projeti. the range on the camera is about 1000 feet with unrestricted line of sight between the camera and the receiver. the picture is amazingly good quality, and the camera has no sound (which you really dont need, but it might be cool)
the camera is about a 3/4'' cube, with a 2'' flexible antenna sticking out the top, and a battery connector sticking out the bottom. the camera is powered by a 9v battery, so everything stays really really light.
ok finally... the price, you ask? $30... im serious.
i dont know what this camera is called, but i see them all over ebay. really, they sell them for 99 cents with $28 or $29 shipping!
here is the address for one of the ebay listings, but there are plenty of these little buggers on there!
[link=http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3080078687&category=48632]
to find more, simply search for "wireless video" then sort by lowest priced.
good luck! ~Trevor
Old 02-23-2004, 02:02 PM
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oops... i realized that the link i made in my last post was bad... here is the address...
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=48632
Old 02-23-2004, 10:28 PM
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Default RE: Which Video Camera for my Glider?

I have this camera, and also another with much better resolution, that I bought from the manufacturer directly from HongKong. the price is just a little more but the camera is not a CMOS it is a CCD camera with 480 lines of resolution, and it does not get overwhelmed by to much light, like the little CMOS camera does.

I have one of them in a Pietenpol Aircamper with 88" wingspan, and putting another one into a "Butterfly" kit right now. I still have one or two more of these, saving them for laster date.

Greetings, Rudolf
Old 02-24-2004, 05:18 PM
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So this camera is legit? Why is it so cheap in the ad? I WANT to trust this e-bay ad, but am unsure.
Old 02-26-2004, 07:32 PM
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Default RE: Which Video Camera for my Glider?

i also have bought 2 of these off the internet, at 30.00 you cant loose but as far 1000 feet i dont think so. these cameras have horrible range. if you want serious quality you will have to spend 300.00 and up.

www.wirelesscamera.com
Old 02-27-2004, 03:54 AM
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Default RE: Which Video Camera for my Glider?

i recently took great video from a projeti with this camera. we were, at times, about 1000' away from the receiver, and the only noticable problem was a few lines of "static" in the picture. sure, the above post is somewhat true though... these cameras dont have extremely long range, but for the price, it doesnt get much better. of course if you want to pay 300 bucks... go right ahead. ill stick with the mid-quality, 1000' range camera!
happy flying,
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chaiclis, this ebay auction is legit. the cameras are great for 30 bucks. enjoy!
Old 02-28-2004, 10:55 PM
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Default RE: Which Video Camera for my Glider?

I am using 800mW transmitter and I am sure I can get a lot more
than just 1000 feet range.

Also I am using a CCD camera with 480 lines of resolution and
I get beautiful pictures.

I am still not paying a lot of money for the
whole system : Camera, transmitter and receiver. Video only
or : Camera , Transmitter and receiver Audio and Video.

I have both systems, and if anybody is seriously interested,
I will send you the web-address. I have had
very good dealings with the manufacturer, and they will ship very
prompt from HongKong. They also sell at e-bay, but not this particular camera.

I have no association other than as a costomer with them .

Greetings, Rudolf.
Old 02-28-2004, 11:44 PM
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Default RE: Which Video Camera for my Glider?

Tha Black Widow system is quite impressive www.blackwidowav.tripod.com
Old 03-06-2004, 05:27 PM
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Default RE: Which Video Camera for my Glider?

Smiboja,

Since you are using this on a glider you might want to see this video we shot from a 21 foot radio controlled 'Nimbus' using my Black Widow AV system:

(right click and 'save as') http://yb2normal.com/nimbuscamb.zip



Regards,
Bill
Old 03-08-2004, 06:17 PM
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here's a picture of my the camera on my bird of time glider. i made an EPP foam fairing that just sticks on the top of the wing with double stick tape. the 9v battery is in the cockpit behind the rudder servo.
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Old 03-09-2004, 04:36 PM
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Default RE: Which Video Camera for my Glider?

Gots some pics with that camera?

PS- I got the cheap camera that was talked about and it STILL hasn't arrived! Been almost two weeks now! Starting to get angry...
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Default RE: Which Video Camera for my Glider?

RCRAINMAN, don't get angry, if it is coming from Honkong, it will; take about 3 weeks to get here. it has to pass trough a lot of post offices. and customs. I got a lot from there with no problem.
Greetings, Chaiclis2002
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Default RE: Which Video Camera for my Glider?

OK camera came in tonight. After a quick trip to Radio "Shaq" so I could link this thing up with Dad's ADT handheld color view screen, I was not too impressed with the results. Line of sight is a must and it is extreemly light sensitive. As well, the tuning knob on the receiver is too sensative, its really hard to tune the camera and receiver correctly without over correcting each way while adjusting. Any tips anyone?

The reason it took so long was that it came from Cali. It makes sense now.
Old 03-11-2004, 11:46 AM
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Default RE: Which Video Camera for my Glider?

It sounds, like you got a CMOS camera, and they are easily overwhelmed by to much light. I have not had any trouble tuning the RX.
Try a little more distance, and look for anything that might disturb the signal between the TX and RX. like your body, or metal objects.
When you fly the airplane, make sure the RX is away from buildings, roofs etc.

If you want better quality video ask me, I will send you the address of the manufacturer where you can buy it direct for a lot less money.

Greetings, Rudolf.
Old 03-11-2004, 12:00 PM
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Default RE: Which Video Camera for my Glider?

Here is a picture of the better CCD camera, TX, and RX.

The camera has a 200mW Transmitter attached, and it works very good, but if you want to, you can get the camera without the transmitter and than you can use the 800mW Audio/video transmitter that is also in one of the pictures. I have both of them, and they give a much better picture than anything I have seen on different posts.

The Audio/Video setup seems to be a little more stable. and it does not cost much more, but uses 12 volts, versus 9 volt for the CMOS cameras. Also it is important to supplly a lot of air for cooling the TX.

You have to e-mail them to build the camera special for you without the transmitter.

Greetings, Rudolf.
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