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Gauging interest for mini/hidden action camera


Poll: Gauging interest for mini/hidden action camera
I'd be happy to mod my fullface with kit instructions 5 / 62%
Only be interested in surface mount 0 / 0%
I'll stick to my GoPro 2 / 25%
Possibly... 1 / 12%
8 total votes

Jul 22, 2017, 3:14 PM
Post #1 of 3 (1192 views)
Gauging interest for mini/hidden action camera Can't Post

Hi All. For sometime I've thought about Gopro's et al being a rather bulky solution for skydiving. Requiring cutaways (in the UK), snag free mounts, chin mounts etc.

I've looked into developing a mini action camera, the body of which would be very small (much smaller than session). On my Phantom it's small enough to fit inside the chin vent. The quality would be pretty much that of a GoPro session, using pretty much the same lens and sensor. 1080p 60fps. It would come with an LED record status indicator on a wire to mount in view.

I was intending to go ahead for myself, but if I think there is interest I could develop this into a product. It would be quite costly to set up manufacturing so I wanted to gauge any interest. I think it's a great idea as most of my friends who skydive are not interested in 4k etc, they just want a HD log of the jump, and I think it could be really nice for many people to do away with the lump on top of the helmet.

One complication is on my phantom helmet it could be fitted as is, with a bracket inside the mouth vent. On the G3 it would need a think. The main part of the body is only about 2cmx2cm, and it can be made to any shape, however I can't imagine many people wanting to drill there G3. It could be made into a G3 shaped surface mount but not many obvious places to put it if not behind the G3 mouth guard.

Anyway let me know if you guys like the idea, or if you think it's not worth the bother.


Jul 22, 2017, 3:15 PM
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Re: [VertexSkySports] Gauging interest for mini/hidden action camera [In reply to] Can't Post

I should have added, early days but I'd hope for this to cost less than a session.


Jul 23, 2017, 12:07 AM
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Re: [VertexSkySports] Gauging interest for mini/hidden action camera [In reply to] Can't Post

As an EE: Hardware is hard. Good luck.

Assuming you're basing it on something like the Runcam Split? You could see if you can fit the PCB & battery in the shape of an audible. And pick your Lipo cells carefully :)

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