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Video and stills from the same camera?

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Hey guys, I just ordered a FPV setup with a Easystar, 900Mhz vid transmitter, and some other goodies.

I got a KX131 camera to go with it, but I would really like to be able to take decent quality stills as well. 3.1 mega pixels would be satisfactory. ]

There are two problems I would like to solve.

First, I don't want the weight of both devices(video and still) on the aircraft.

Second, I would like to know exactly what I'm taking snapshots of.

If I mount the video and the still camera pointing in the same direction I can have a general idea of what my stills will capture, but I'm interested in a pan tilt setup and it may be somewhat cumbersome to pan/tilt both camera's at the same time.

The ideal solution in my mind is a still camera that is capable of putting out NTSC video over composit cables just like the KX131 can, but also of snapping stills on command and storing them on a SD card or the like.

I know the CMUcam (http://www.cmucam.org/) is capable of this, but both video and still quality are crud.

Poor video quality I can live with because I'm simply using it to fly the aircraft and get it in position for a good photo, but the still capability must be decent.

Any ideas?

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Yes, goes to black for about 1 second. The output has a slight delay too, so you wouldn't want to have only this to fly FPV. I have both a video camera and the still one connected to the transmitter through a remote-controlled switch, and just activate the still one to frame and shoot before returning to the video cam. In flight it's not a problem, but in more critical phases it can be annoying to have that ~300ms lag.

If the video out is used only by the camera operator and not the pilot, no need for the video cam.

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I'd check in-shop (before buying) that it can provide video out at the same time as recording - you may find it can't do both, especially if you're wanting PAL output. You'll also be able to check the 'time to return to video' Kilrah mentions.

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