How to Take Pictures



Different methods would provide good results, if:

- The Camera is suitable for the type of plane you will use, as the weight & Size of the camera are key factors
- The plane doesn't have strong vibrations when you take the picture
- You respect the CG (Center of Gravity) position
- Better if can take more than 1 picture at a time

For the above reasons, Digital cameras offer more flexibility.

Just bought one Digital Camera from Digital Dream called "L'espion" (The Spy) as its characteristics fit the above:

  • Weight 40 gr. (1.41 Ounces or 0.088 Pound), with 1 battery type AAA
  • Size 58mm x 39mm x 14mm (2.28" x 1.54" x 0.55")
  • Use 2 Servos, Hitec HS-55 as they are light and good enough for this

As you will notice, the only inconvenient part is that you need to press the On/Off Button to turn the camera ON, and it turns OFF automatically, after 30 seconds of inactivity. This will therefore require 2 Servos to operate:

  1. For the On/Off Button, and to wake up the camera before any shot

  2. For the Shutter Button

Note the Total weight, with a working system below, is 52 gr. (1.83 Ounce or 0.1146 Pounds). When you glue the servos, pay attention not to glue the battery compartment or any other important part.

You just need to associate 2 channels for these 2 buttons and set the servo extensions properly.

Finally, when you take you pictures, it is recommended to cut the motor, and try to be as stable as possible.

Many other cameras to consider from SIPIX and AIPTEK

For more information and lots of Aerial pictures, go to RCAP

Click on each picture, it you want a bigger view

Note: Since this page has been build, many new cameras came to the market. At this time (nov 2002), it seems that the AIPTEK Mini PenCam 1.3Mb is the most commonly used one.