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Thread: Camera case for GoPro and Dx201 for Zephyr wing

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    Camera case for GoPro and Dx201 for Zephyr wing

    I am working on a camera case that houses a GoPro and Dx201 Pixim camera. I got a first prototype that shows what it's about:

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    1.) Case houses a GoPro and Dx201 with minimal increase in size
    2.) Light Delrin construction. Total weight of case is 67g. That's 33% lighter than the stock GoPro case by itself (which you still need to mount).
    3.) Case includes mounting struts (see pics)
    4.) Both cameras easily clear the wing LE. No wing in the recorded pic.
    5.) Case does not need to be mounted right on the LE -- it can be back a few inches. This protects the cameras during landing and dramatically helps with CG optimization.
    6.) Both cams sit in the center of the wing, helps keep CG in the center.

    If anyone would be interested in this assembly for their GoPro & Dx201, let me know. If there's enough interest, I'll make a batch of these.

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    As i posted on RCGoups (hit me plz that i still post there ):

    I would put the Pixim at the other side that both lenses are much nearer together to get a look from more middle side of the plane. Also i would try to get the original lens cover of the GoPro attached to have some protection there. I think moste important stuff on a GoPro Housing is the protection of the lense in case of a crash.

    Something like this example:

    http://www.globe-flight.de/Pan-Tilt-...Pro-FPV-Kamera

    Greetings, Royalfm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Royalfm View Post
    As i posted on RCGoups (hit me plz that i still post there ):

    I would put the Pixim at the other side that both lenses are much nearer together to get a look from more middle side of the plane. Also i would try to get the original lens cover of the GoPro attached to have some protection there. I think moste important stuff on a GoPro Housing is the protection of the lense in case of a crash.

    Something like this example:

    http://www.globe-flight.de/Pan-Tilt-...Pro-FPV-Kamera

    Greetings, Royalfm
    Thanks for your feedback. I just ordered the original case's lens replacement set of 2 and will add mounting holes into the Delrin. Good idea!

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    Man you're good - always great quality once you put your mind to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SENTRY View Post
    Man you're good - always great quality once you put your mind to it.
    Thank you!

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    What if you want the Gopro to look more down than the flight cam or vice versa? How are others aiming their cameras?

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    Close, but no sigar!

    I tried that and the surface area is just too large. Better is to kill two birds with one stone and use a 4mm lens on the GoPro to get rid of the fish eye effect which allows you to place the Pixim camera in front of it on the side without it being in view. Below is my EzPod with the GoPro and the Pixim which has this configuration. Held on with three 8x5mm neo magnets it fits nicely on my Ez and EzWalker (what's that you might wonder? Study the last picture!).







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    Sander -- nice pod design!! Did you try the two cams next to each other on your zephyr? Did you finish yours yet? I tried to maiden mine yesterday, but hit the ground after the throw and broke the prop. Re the cam pod -- I use my GoPro for other things like Kitesurfing and don't want to swap the lense (yet). I will give this another try.

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    I've been flying my Zeph for a while now, not my favorite plane, but it has its advantages. No troubles with launching or anything on my end (1.9kg AUW), just toss it with a bit of up elevator and hit the elevator stick for 1/2 throttle for a smooth climbout, then neutral the elevator trim and I'm up in the air and cruising ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by timnilson View Post
    I use my GoPro for other things like Kitesurfing and don't want to swap the lense (yet).
    That's why I have several GoPro cameras, as I kitesurf and kitebuggy as well
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