I bought one of these little multi-function cameras a year or so back and they are a really good introduction to video work, providing you are not expecting too much in the way of quality. £40 or so gets you a unit smaller than a pack of 10 cigarettes with a swivelling lens which allows it to be used in either a horizontal or vertical mode.

It will take stills as well as video, and has a whole load of functions such as motion detect and a passive IR sensor. It writes to a standard SD card, has an internal lipo cell and will accept a 5V input to both charge and power it indefinitely. It also has a remote start/stop or shutter release.

On the down side it has a cheapo fixed-focus lens and the exposure control is a bit fazed by turns into the sun, taking a
The videos above are all of Ashley Farm, taken with the FCO on the Cheap 'n' Cheerful twin boom aileron/elevator model or Pointy Thing, a much more sedate 40" rudder/elevator twin powered glider. Both of these aircraft get bounced around if the air is anything other than pretty calm, but each has made dozens of successful video flights.
The crash video was taken on the fateful first serious trial of the Panasonic camera at Fordingbridge and shows the final seconds of the flight before arrival in the tree.

One issue that I have found with all forward-facing mountings is that of getting the camera to point suffiently downwards so as not to have mainly sky in the shot, particularly when climbing. In this position I find that it's often either all sky or all nose.
Dave Blandford
Dave B's Aerial Photography Site
Pointy Thing
Cheap 'n' Cheerful
Forward View
Cheap 'n' Cheerful
Rear View
second or two to respond so flare an be a problem. The user interface is slim, too. I have not wasted time trying it on stills, but it's great for video. I have never seriously used the internal battery either; I run it from a 5V regulator off the main flight pack.

I have taken loads of videos with it and within the limits outlined above it is fantastic. It was designed specifically for groups such as modellers, and it handles fast changes of direction well. Better than my Panasonic, which cost four times as much. It is possible that this is just a set-up issue with the latter, more experimentation is needed here.
The FlyCamOne V2
Videos - These are all in Flash Format
The FCO comes with a Velcro and foam mounting pad and in each case the camera was fixed to the model by sticking this to a larger piece of cross-grain balsa which was secured by the wing retaining bands. Easy. There is much to be said for the simplicity of this set-up, pity it's not really transferable to a bigger, more expensive camera.
Sky Eye 2
Crash
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