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Homemade Kite Camera Rig
I picked up this Kodak Playsport as a carry around video camera for the beach as an alternative to the GoPro cams everyone is picking up. It is a HD waterproof, shockproof and have the option of 1080p at 30 frames per second or 720p at 60 frames per second which is great for the action that will most likely be the subject of the videos. The main draw to this camera was the pricepoint for the features. It comes in at just above $1000 which in my opinion is a bargain. Snag from amazon here: http://amzn.to/eX5qCI
So far I've been impressed with the performance. Good for screen grabs to get a decent pic to e-mail straight from the video. Waterproof has done fine just keep an eye out for sand in the seals after every beach trip and blow them out with some end dust to make sure they're not going to fail on you, especially if you will be using it underwater. The only current complaint is the image stabilization. Could be better in my opinion, on a tripod it looks great though.
Anyway, I had an extra point and shoot camera soft case laying around. Cut a hole where the lens is located on the back of it. Sew on some high strength velcro. Wrap it around a strut tightly. Insert the already recording cam and away you go for under $20 for the rig. Let me know if you want some quick pictures of the rig.
This was the first kite cam test. The velcro wasn't originally cut long enough to wrap around the center 16M strut so I had to set it up off center. The first try there was nothing but wingtip in frame. This one turned out ok in the dieing wind. Nothing great yet but a good experiment to get it dialed before the conditions are good. It is a bit pulsy due to the choppy water that day.