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HelicopterAerial Photography and Video › is there a benefit to using a dslr versus​something like a sony v3 7.2
08-08-2007 03:16 AM  10 years agoPost 1
abwomack

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ready to but a camera and looking for advice, using a trex 600 stock setup

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08-08-2007 04:59 PM  10 years agoPost 2
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YES!

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08-08-2007 05:03 PM  10 years agoPost 3
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i second that...

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08-08-2007 05:18 PM  10 years agoPost 4
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08-08-2007 05:48 PM  10 years agoPost 5
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Yes but you can't beat the advantage of live video out of an advance digital camera.
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08-08-2007 05:55 PM  10 years agoPost 6
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08-08-2007 05:56 PM  10 years agoPost 7
R Hudson

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Professionally I wouldn't want video out of my DSLR.

Nor would I want still images from a video.
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08-08-2007 06:35 PM  10 years agoPost 8
Sig Dawg

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I'm wondering if he means live video out so you can hook directly to a downlink?

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08-08-2007 06:36 PM  10 years agoPost 9
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Yes but you can't beat the advantage of live video out of an advance digital camera.
Ahmet,
If you're referring to the V3 (or any point-and-shoot) as having the capability of giving you a live video feed to your downlink vs. not being able to do that with a DSLR, then I would seriously look into using a small video camera to provide that feed from a DSLR. That's kind of like saying you'd rather drive a vehicle with less features vs. a vehicle with more features only because the less feature vehicle has a nicer steering wheel. Make the nicer steering wheel work with the vehicle which has more features. The benefits of a DSLR far outweigh those of a point-and-shoot when it comes to how you will be using the camera. JMO.


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08-08-2007 09:42 PM  10 years agoPost 10
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A sony V3 is really a crappy camera, I don't understand why we get so many people asking about it. or maybe I do....airfoil. the Canon A640 and Sony H5 are much better cameras in this range. In fact the V3 was discontinued a long time ago and discontinued for a reason.

I would go DSLR, the difference it huge.

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08-08-2007 10:27 PM  10 years agoPost 11
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No doubt that a DSLR is better, but that doesn't mean you cant get great looking profesional shots from a P&S as long as it has good glass like the Canon 620 / 640 and Sony H5. just with the SLR you get much more control over aperture and shutter, exposure, etc. not to mention interchangable lens's.

I use a Canon A620 on my Trex 600 cf with good results, check out http://www.aerialpics.org

But i'm in the process of purchasing a Joker Maxi to put my Nikon DSLR on for when I need more control (also a backup cameraship)

Just my opinion...

Ben.... "what goes up, must come down!"

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08-09-2007 12:14 AM  10 years agoPost 12
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DSLR if you want to make money, P&S if it's for hobby. Also what equipment are you using to lift the camera? If you are using a little T-Rex 450 then you have to use a small P$S since it will not lift a SLR. If you are using a big heli like a gasser, turbine or big electric like a Joker and want proffesional quality images then you have to go SLR. We put a small camera on the eyepiece of the D5 or 20D to get our live feed on the ground. PM me if you have any questions.

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08-09-2007 03:59 AM  10 years agoPost 13
abwomack

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is there any way to focus or zoom a dslr from the ground or do you use a fixed lens and autofocus with no zoom. sorry if this is a silly question. but i am trying to get all the info. Thanks

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08-09-2007 04:40 AM  10 years agoPost 14
R Hudson

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I'm pretty certain that most folks use a W/A zoom at full wide or wide prime lens and don't worry about zooming.

Zoom is accomplished with the aerial platform.

That is in general.

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08-09-2007 05:22 AM  10 years agoPost 15
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"DSLR if you want to make money, P&S if it's for hobby"

That's a big call! I reckon many here using a Canon A640 will dispute that dogma.

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08-09-2007 05:38 AM  10 years agoPost 16
steph280

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I am a beginner just learning about the DSLR. There are so much variables with DSLR that most can not just pick it up and shoot good photos. I am using a Rebel XTi which is considered entry level, and I still haven't mastered half of it's capabilities. In fact when I first started, my wife is able to get better shots with her Canon Powershot S5 (point and shoot) than I can with my Rebel. BTW those face recognization thingy on the S5 is awsome. It's like heads up display on a F16 locking to somebody's face.

So it all comes down to how skillful the photographer is. Just like heli, it's up to the pilot. You can spend thousands on camera/lens and get crappy photos if you don't know what you are doing. When people tell you the learning curve is steeper than learning to fly 3D, you better believe it.

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08-09-2007 02:03 PM  10 years agoPost 17
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That's a good point, Stephen.

I recently upgraded from a Nikon D70s to a D200 and I still had a lot to learn on the D70s. Now I have much more to learn from the D200.

A lot of PAS cameras "appear" better when you take photos because the image is already processed in-camera. They are mostly desiigned to shoot & print.

A DSLR does (in general) less processing of the image and leaves that to post work. Manufacturers assume that photographers will process their own images in Photoshop or something similar to get the end result. However, it also depends on how your DSLR is setup. If setup properly, a DSLR can take fantastic images without a lot of post work.

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08-09-2007 03:26 PM  10 years agoPost 18
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What's the smallest, lightest, digital SLR out there right now?

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08-09-2007 04:05 PM  10 years agoPost 19
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I'm not 100% sure, but I think it's the Nikon D40.

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08-09-2007 04:50 PM  10 years agoPost 20
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DSLR if you want to make money, P&S if it's for hobby.

I am not sure, but I thought DJ used the Canon A640 for alot of his work.

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