I have a model airplane that I can put a camera facing straight down to take pictures of terrain.
I used a $70 Cannon Powershot with CHDK and some (most) of the images were blurry.
I need a camera that will take good (crisp) still pictures of terrain from about 100 to 120 meters away in various light conditions, but always during the day time. Keep in mind this will be from a moving platform. Canon brand would be my preference because of CHDK, but I am willing to branch out to another brand.
- Hackable (I would like to extend the SD card about six inches from where the camera sits so it is easily removable, as the camera itself is kind of buried in the bottom of the plane)
- I need to be able to trigger the shutter electronically (CHDK does this for me now)
- External battery capable (I would like the battery about 6 inches from the camera so it is easy to replace)
- Auto focus
- Cost less than a jet ski (hopefully by a lot :-)
Does not need:
- Video recording
- LCD display
- Zoom (I think I don't need this)
- Fancy image editing onboard (I just want to take pictures, pull out the SD card or Compact Flash, stuff it in my computer, and go from there)
- Any other fancy wiz-bang things that will not help me get good images of terrain (this camera is going to be embedded in the plane, not to be removed if I can help it)
I don't know anything about photography yet and would like to get started. I think I might be able to dampen vibrations a bit with something in the fuselage holding the camera better.
What model/brand/class/features should I include in my search for an appropriate camera for this task? Are there specific things I should exclude from my search?
This picture is blurry. The vehicle is a van if you can't tell. So I guess I need a better pixel count and a faster shutter speed?
This picture is less blurry, but still not great.