Any really good miniature cameras?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Peter, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. Peter

    Peter Guest

    I know this is a contradiction in terms :)

    I am trying to do the best possible quality movie out of a light
    aircraft. Currently I am *not* mounting the camera outside the
    cockpit, which brings its own problems with reflections etc, but I
    would like a better quality camera than I am currently using.

    The one I have is said to be the best of the little ones

    and it's not bad at all and way better than any webcam I tried for
    this job previously: (45MB

    but you can see for example a lot of distortion.

    Also, this video is about half the resolution of the original full-PAL
    data, and it is very obvious looking at the original that the
    recording is nowhere near the 576 line PAL vertical resolution.

    I am using a 40-quid video-USB2 converter (one of the many using that
    common Philips frame grabber chip) whose quality is actually superb
    because I have checked it by feeding in composite video from my Sony
    HC1 camcorder. So the digitiser is not the problem.

    This HQ1 camera was about 175 quid; I am prepared to pay a lot more
    but what is out there which is better?

    Obviously I could just mount my Sony camcorder in there ;) but it is
    too big, would need a special power supply made up, and I don't think
    it can record for say a few hours without the tape running (it auto
    shuts down) and with the tape running you get just 60 mins. I
    sometimes do long movies and then cut nearly all of it out.

    The finishing work is being done in Premiere Elements - a bug ridden
    piece of beta version-zero junk which rarely runs for more than 20
    mins without a crash, but I don't see this is relevant because I can
    view the data during recording. The recording is done on a WinXP
    tablet computer using XP's MovieMaker, using the highest available
    Peter, Sep 8, 2008
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  2. Peter

    Smarty Guest


    I wanted to first respond to your very blunt and very accurate observation
    which stated: "The finishing work is being done in Premiere Elements - a bug
    ridden piece of beta version-zero junk which rarely runs for more than 20
    mins without a crash". I share your opinion, and have found Adobe video
    products in recent years to be mostly garbage, full of bugs, and slow as
    molasses. My early ownership of Adobe Premiere on both Macs and PCs was much
    better, but their more recent products have been very disappointing in my
    own experience as well.

    I want also to mention that the recent crop of AVCHD high def camcorders
    will record for several hours with the optional larger battery and larger SD
    card, offering you solid state immunity to vibration and other airborne
    problems, give you long record time with no need for an outboard power
    supply at all, take extremely high quality video, and occupy relatively
    little space or weight. In the U.S., the Canon HF100, for example, can be
    had for a bit over $600, and will do nearly 3 hours on a single battery
    charge, and record 2 to 3 hours on a single 16GB SD card depending on which
    recording mode you chose. Weighing only 13 ounces and measuring only 70 by
    70 by 130 mm approx (3 inch by 3 inch by 5 inches approx), this is a very
    compact, light method to get excellent video.

    Smarty, Sep 9, 2008
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