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All,

I am looking for a super high def stills camera that has time lapse. Happy for it to be featureless in every other respect and needs to be as small as possible.

My plan is to mount the camera under the helicopter and have it on 2 second time lapse pointing directly down (so will be set to infinite focus 99% of the time.

What would you suggest as a dedicated stills camera for this use.

Many Thanks

SW :D

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Simon,

Your options are very versatile- just go for a normal spec compact SLR and buy a cheap intervalometer like this one. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ramozz-interval ... rvalometer

The programmable options on this, are easy, and you can programme delay, timing, number of shots, shutter open time, etc... and any combintation of these features (should it be necessary)

I used in on one of my flights- programmed the camera to wait 20minutes until i took off, then it proceeded to take a photo every second. This one on amazon is for a Canon- works well with my G10- but others are available for different makes/models. Its very light, and compact- so the drone would have no issues lifting it.

I took this 'legendary' photo using this technique-

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Thanks Gordon. My knowledge of what is around stills wise is very low.

Do you have an online example of the higest def capable from your camera (and what it is your using) if you would :-) I need convincing that it would be high enough for the detail required.

It's not for the drone ;-) It's for the Helicopter. :-)

SW :D

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Simon,

I'm currently using a Canon G10, but at 14.7MP this probably won't be as good as you need. Considering my camera is 5 years old, there are plenty of newer higher spec models about, better CCD sensors and lenses.

Here is a link to a full resolution image from my camera though- http://gordondunn.co.uk/pmc/IMG_9613.JPG

I've been looking at a few replacement options, and have been impressed by the image quality of a fellow contributor on 'Flickr' - Patrick Mason- using a Canon EOS-1D X. I know they're expensive, but the image quality is suberb!!!! Just take a look at this for an example-

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3910/151 ... 344f_o.jpg

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Original Flickr link at- https://www.flickr.com/photos/7162217@N ... 61594@N04/

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Simon, I have all the gear for this Canon 5d Mk3, and the timer thingy. Plus wide & long lenses inc 15mm Fisheye.

Happy to shoot /advisefor fun anytime. As long as its secure, (it costs £3k + with lens so I want to make sure it won't fall off)

or can look into a semi-compact thats high res. (think their about £500)

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  • 2 months later...

I too can vouch for the 5D.I use mine for time lapse of construction projects. I also use a Brinno they are almost bomb proof. They are a fixed lens camera just for time lapse, there are a few options from Fish eye to a zoom. I have the wide angle, it's less than the fish eye but has less to no distortion. They are also about £2800 cheaper than the 5D.

If you want a go let me know Will bring it when I come down to see you.

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