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Old Jun 13, 2004, 3:49 PM   #1
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Hi - I am looking for a camera that is very light - this means it need have no zoom, no flash, nor even an LCD preview screen. BUT it can't be a crappy lo-res CMOS camera either. Anyone know of a decent inexpensive (say 2-3 Mpx) camera? I'm in the UK if that helps :? - Thanks
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Old Jun 14, 2004, 6:09 AM   #2
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Have you looked at the Sony DSC-U20 or U30? They are 2MP, very small, no zoom or viewfinder, just a smal LCD on the back. I have the U20. Takes good pic's and is easy/fun to use.



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Old Jun 18, 2004, 3:03 AM   #3
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Old Jun 19, 2004, 5:45 AM   #4
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Steve - tks for the suggestion. I will check out the U20. One of the reasons that the camera has to be light is that it will for a while be in a radio controlled glider :O

I am pretty confident I can land it and the glider safely but I am also little reluctant to experiment with an expensive camera!

So, Wanted features

Resolution 2Mpx; light weight; lens at one "end" (as this means a more streamlined mounting); suppressing power-saving mode would be useful; good price v resolution

Not really needed

Optical zoom; shutter lag doesn't really matter; flash won't be used ...
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There's a company in Germany that specializes in small cameras.

http://www.spypen.com/index.phtml

Their oboe model looks like it would be just what you are looking for.

http://www.spypen.com/index.phtml?si...ikel=0133&tg=3

I don't know how you will activate the shutter though. I've never heard of anybody doing this, although I have heard of photography from kites:

http://arch.ced.berkeley.edu/kap/
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Old Jun 22, 2004, 1:42 PM   #6
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Thanks Bruce - definitely food for thought there. I had not heard of these cameras before....

R/C mounted photography is growing in popularity - here is one I took a few months back:

http://www.pbase.com/image/17857071

This was with an Aiptek CMOS clone - resolution is relatively poor but you can see the potential...
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That's an interesting hobby. I can see what you are trying to do with the photos, there's a lot of possibilities there, and it looks like a lot of fun.

I don't know which Aiptek you were using. I had an Aiptek Mini Pencam 1.3 which took surprisingly decent landscape photos. It has a glass lens, some of the lesser Aipteks have plastic lenses. The Mini Pencam could be mounted on your plane so that the lens points straight down.

http://www.aiptek.com/products/digital/mini.htm
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