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Merry Christmas Jon, Nice video, amazing how the fog "grows".
Funny how you and Paul were experimenting with a fin camera all
that time ago, I first saw one on A380 and thought it was a great
idea. Just shows that there is so much ingenuity in this group.
Some of the camera modules in the cellular phones these days are
so small, yet wide angle and great stabilisation so would make
good fin cameras.
Santa brought me a Go Pro so will join the fun in the new year
and see what results I get.
On 27/12/2021 13:19, Jon Finley wrote:
little Q history for ya'll.
don't remember the exact year but approximately twenty years ago
Paul Fisher and I were messing with video cameras on our Q's.
These were the latest and greatest "spy cams" that were super
small, wired, and had amazing resolution - 240x160, if memory
serves. I made a custom vertical fin "cap" that contained the
camera and was aerodynamic. The cable ran from the tail all the
way to the cockpit and was taped to the outside skin. It was
connected to a camcorder inside the cockpit for recording. The
results were AMAZING!!! Oh… wait… I WANTED them to be amazing -
they were actually quite horrible. Awful resolution that lacked
color, were like looking thru a straw, and had no image
stabilization... But we celebrated anyway - it was all we had!
In an effort to achieve better results, I flew with a small
camcorder attached to the tail a few times. That wasn't any
better. It had to be powered on and recording started while on
the ground. I can't remember how I attached it or exactly what
the results were but it was unworkable so abandoned that idea.
current ability to bolt on a relatively small camera and achieve
pretty great results is not lost on me!
an aside, I'm now recording at 5k (5120 x 2880) and it still
isn't good enough!!
And... yes... I find myself giving more and more of these 'back in
the old days' speeches. I'm not exactly sure why that is
Somewhere in the Southwest flying an RV-4