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KeithLuneau

Ever wonder how a $40 CCD cam would perform?

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I finally got that new camera in the air for a quick flight today. It was kinda windy, and I was testing the new wing too, so I kept the flight kinda short. I wasn't really looking for a good video, so I just recorded with the quick and easy little hand held PVR I've got, the one from Mustek, PVR-A1 I think. It's not the best, likes to corrupt files and rarely produces useable audio, and records at 320x240. It does work good enough for what it's intended for, but for AV, it's a no go... lol Anyway, back to the camera. It's a Supercircuits PC303XS with the standard lens. It's got a 4-chip Sharp chipset. It's a good deal at $39.99 if you ask me. Is it as nice as a KX-141 or the like, I doubt it. Is it a step up from the CMOS cams and worth the $40? DEFINATELY! lol Keep in mind that the video was from that PVR, and then converted to WMV at 512kbps. Even at low resolution the original looks better. I'll be happy to see what it looks like recorded on my laptop at 720x480. The camera seems to handle light pretty well, and adjusts for bright sun and darker ground pretty fast too, not a few seconds later like my old CMOS camera did. Enough rambling on, here's the video... :)

http://kluneau.rchomepage.com/movies/PC303XS.wmv (10.6MB WMV)

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Looked like fun. Shame about the motor interference and a pair of legs would complete the illusion. :)

Terry

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About that noise in the video... If you'll notice, it's showing up with the motor running or not, and comes and goes at times. I'm not sure what's doing it, but it's never showed up not once while testing in the house or at close proximity on the ground. When I set the plane on the runway to take off, it starts, and usually clears up for a few seconds as the plane passes by the receiver, then starts up again. I'm powering the camera and transmitter off the same battery, but nothing else. The noise is there with or without a mic connected. I'm pretty much at a loss for an explanation though. Any ideas?

I've been looking at a 200mW setup (I think it was 200) and will probably go with that and just ditch the little ebay crud. I'm scraping to buy what I've got now though! lol Next month it'll be a new transmitter and receiver though. Hopefully anyway... :)

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Here's another video from today, recorded on with my laptop. I still need to tweak the color and filter settings for the capture software, but it's getting there. :)

By the way, this is the cheap 1.2GHz system sold on eBay and the like, and the farthest point i got in the video is over a road int he field that's just over 1/2 mile from where I took off. The signal was weak and there were dropouts, but that's still not bad if you ask me. I'm using the stock whip on the transmitter and a GP Patch scaled for this frequency on the receiver. At any rate though, I think it's time to move on from the 1.2GHz setup and get myself a good transmitter and receiver. I've been saying that and now I think it's finally time... :)

So here's the video, it's a bit larger than the past ones at 62MB, and encoded in WMV format. Enjoy!

http://www.scale4x4rc.org/keith/102406.wmv (I had to stick this one on my other sites hosting account, my rcgroups account is running low on disk space, this link probably won't last forever!)

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