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Mini-Me-Zee
2009.11.08, 09:24 AM
I am looking to buy a micro DVD camcorder (with sound) to film some videos from my Mini Z. I have researched them on the internet, and there are quite a few of them out there. But the picture quality is somewhat lacking at close-up distances (within a foot or so). There is the "chewing gum camcorder", the Muvi Camcorder, the GoPro (best quality, but looks to be too big and heavy for a Z), the 5in1 DVR, and so on.

If any of you have one that you would recommend, where the video quality is good even within one foot, please chime in.

Thanks!

Draconious
2009.11.08, 10:15 AM
http://www.hobby-lobby.com/flycamone3.htm

It can be used as a camcorder as is.. with a removable LCD to make it lighter...

It can also be used as a wireless camera with an addon...

it can also be used as a pilot/driver view device with a wirless goggle set...

Built in servos also control the camera angle and rotation :)

Mini-Me-Zee
2009.11.08, 02:47 PM
Hey Drac,

I haven't seen that one before. Do you have it, or have you ever tried it? I did not see any specs on weight.

Draconious
2009.11.08, 07:02 PM
It just came out recently, if I had the cash I would buy one, since the version 1 and 2 where pretty decent, at least the videos I saw form them were...

I doubt it weighs much more than a chunk of plastic, they intend it to be sold for RC Planes... so low weight is a high selling point.

ub0211042
2009.11.08, 09:14 PM
http://www.kyosho.com/jpn/fun/special/dri_con2_2009/index.html

how bout this? on board drive experience...:D

ub0211042
2009.11.08, 09:15 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8ZYKMSMTrs

here's the vid...

ScoobyPete
2009.11.09, 05:24 AM
I've just purchased one of these:

search Wireless Mini Camera USB DVR PC Video Security System on fleabay

http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/worldzon/CP11.jpg




Its a wireless camera wich pluggs in to your usb. Theres a lipo battery powering the camera so its ideal for putting on the cars.
It's not turned up yet so I cant say what its like, but for the price its worth a try. I'll post sopme more info as soon as it turns up and ive had a chance to try it out.

Mini-Me-Zee
2009.11.09, 05:33 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8ZYKMSMTrs

here's the vid...

Yes, I've seen that one before. Very cool! But, I wonder if it will be offered for sale in the U.S., and for how much...

Krade,

That looks pretty cool. So, does the camera mount to the car, while the receiver stays in the USB port during recording? I am looking forward to your update...

ScoobyPete
2009.11.09, 08:16 PM
Well it arrived today and after a bit of hassel over installing it and finaly got it working :)
1st impressions are thats its not too bad, the pic quality isn't Hideff but it seems aceptable about the same as a midrange camera on a phone. its better than the old RF version you can get.

I haven't had a chance to test it on the car as its 1am here :) but I have grabbed a screen shot from it, bear in mind the lightings pretty poor in my room. I'll test it out in the daylight attached to the car later on.

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x34/Krade_2007/cam.jpg

Mini-Me-Zee
2009.11.09, 08:53 PM
Hey Krade,

You're right, the screen shot looks pretty good. But I do have one objection...it is covering what may very well be a hot blonde wearing....skin tight leather??

Anyway, I look forward to more reports, and an explanation of how it is hooked up.

Skv012a
2009.11.09, 09:25 PM
So is it just a recording camera or wireless active one? Also, whats the power source and range if it is wireless?

ScoobyPete
2009.11.10, 07:04 AM
its a wireless camera with the usb plugging into the laptop, the camera has a range of 100m and the power source is a lipo battery built in the camera. The software allows for upto 4 cameras to be connected to the usb so you can have 4 cars racing with cameras at a time.



Heres a pic of the camera on a car I was rushing so its just stuck on with good Ole Bluetac :)

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x34/Krade_2007/camtest2-1.jpg

Heres a short clip which I am really plesased with the quality of the pic :)

Sorry for the half screen thing but I just whipped it thru a cheap editing thingy.

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x34/Krade_2007/th_camtest.jpg (http://s180.photobucket.com/albums/x34/Krade_2007/?action=view&current=camtest.flv)



Overall I think that for the price the quality and ease of use is well worth the money compared to some of the more expensive systems around :)

I'll give iot a proper test at our meet on Sunday and see how it goes :)

Hey Krade,
But I do have one objection...it is covering what may very well be a hot blonde wearing....skin tight leather??


thats Yvonne Strahovski from the TV show Chuck
http://danbrusca.co.uk/blogimages/081229ddd.jpg

Mini-Me-Zee
2009.11.14, 10:15 PM
Hi I will recomend this Sony DCR-DVD300 DVD-R/-RW.
A first look at the Sony DCR-DVD300 mini DVD camcorder reveals a stylish, well-designed camera with good ergonomic features and simple, straightforward controls. It is not a small camera. In the hand, the camera has a solid feel, and the controls are all easy to reach. The large 3.5-inch, bright LCD monitor adds to the overall aura of quality that the camera emits.
Recording times for the smaller 1.4GB DVD-R and DVD-RW discs vary, but usually comes in at around 20 minutes per mini DVD in HQ mode; an LP mode is available that stretches the record time to about an hour. The camera also records still images as JPEGs to disc as well. At the maximum resolution (1172x768) and quality setting, you can record about 2,000 images. 8cm DVD-R discs are $8, DVD-RW are $12 from Sony (one of each is included). We expect to see more competitive brands of blank media to be available, but right now, the smaller 8cm discs are not nearly as common as the full-sized discs.

Please read my original post...I wanted to film FROM my Mini-Z. That is to say, using an on-board camcorder.

Mini-Me-Zee
2009.11.16, 08:44 PM
I found a post on a different RC forum where an RC jet pilot placed this item on his plane for its maiden flight. Quality was very good. I will give this a try. If anyone is interested, here is the link to the camera:

http://dreamworksrc.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=63&products_id=1355

EasyRider
2009.12.06, 01:35 PM
Last night at Fast Pace Racing we were messing around and mounted a camera to Tjay's MR03 while he did a few laps. Here's the link.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mXoESC5_F0

ScoobyPete
2009.12.06, 02:55 PM
I found a post on a different RC forum where an RC jet pilot placed this item on his plane for its maiden flight. Quality was very good. I will give this a try. If anyone is interested, here is the link to the camera:

http://dreamworksrc.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=63&products_id=1355

That has a very similar spec to one that I found, http://www.geekalerts.com/small-dv-camera/
This was used for the BBC Programme James May's Toys where they recreated Brooklands race track for slot cars and these were the camera's they used. Although there's no shots of the camera mounted on the car, the production company told me they fixed them with Velcro.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwI6RsDPfBU



Last night at Fast Pace Racing we were messing around and mounted a camera to Tjay's MR03 while he did a few laps. Here's the link.
http://www.youtube.com/user/EZRider063#p/u/7/_mXoESC5_F0

Thats really good, what camera was that? Any Link?

EasyRider
2009.12.06, 07:18 PM
Thanks,
All we used was my new 16G Ipod Nano. Thanks to Peter (the owner of Fast Pace Racing) for providing the 430 Lexus body. We cut a slit on the roof of the body to lower the center of gravity to prevent the car from excessive traction rolls. We used Tjay's MR03 with him behind the wheel since he is probably the only driver I trust. LOL
Peter plans on editing the raw videos so he can put togeter a really cool video. I'll post a picture of our set up when I stop by the track again to take that photo.

Mini-Me-Zee
2009.12.06, 11:45 PM
Last night at Fast Pace Racing we were messing around and mounted a camera to Tjay's MR03 while he did a few laps. Here's the link.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mXoESC5_F0

Great quality vid! Which camera was used??

Ronac
2009.12.06, 11:48 PM
We just tried this today by taping a GoPro Hero camera on top of the body. It was pretty hard to take sweepers without flipping over.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXcktBLzq3Q

EasyRider
2009.12.07, 12:40 AM
Great quality vid! Which camera was used??

Thanks, We used my 16G Ipod Nano. http://www.apple.com/ipodnano/
It worked pretty good. Had a few rolls, love taps and even a T-bone from the other racers and still remained attached to the body. I played with the raw video a little in hopes Peter will use it for FPR's website.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjQyw82EhOo

Mini-Me-Zee
2009.12.08, 07:20 PM
We just tried this today by taping a GoPro Hero camera on top of the body. It was pretty hard to take sweepers without flipping over.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXcktBLzq3Q

That's also a great video! I thought the GoPro was too big for the Mini Z. I am wrong! You did not seem to slow down too much for the curves...