NEX for Aerial photography

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macsoft4 Regular Member • Posts: 159
NEX for Aerial photography

Hi!

I'm in the market for a Quad RC flying machine to use for shooting video with my NEX 7.

What is the best option that can steadily fly my NEX 7 and not burn a hole in my wallet?

I see lots of DYI solutions, but i would like to go for a ready to fly one.

thanks

Sony Alpha NEX-7
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GaryR60 Contributing Member • Posts: 656
Re: NEX for Aerial photography

One that holds up well in a crash.  

macsoft4 wrote:

Hi!

I'm in the market for a Quad RC flying machine to use for shooting video with my NEX 7.

What is the best option that can steadily fly my NEX 7 and not burn a hole in my wallet?

I see lots of DYI solutions, but i would like to go for a ready to fly one.

thanks

DtEW Senior Member • Posts: 2,167
Re: NEX for Aerial photography

GaryR60 wrote:

One that holds up well in a crash.  

macsoft4 wrote:

Hi!

I'm in the market for a Quad RC flying machine to use for shooting video with my NEX 7.

What is the best option that can steadily fly my NEX 7 and not burn a hole in my wallet?

I see lots of DYI solutions, but i would like to go for a ready to fly one.

thanks

Given how much some quad (and hex) copters cost, the NEX-7 might be one of the cheaper components to be wrecked in such a misfortune.

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macsoft4 OP Regular Member • Posts: 159
Re: NEX for Aerial photography

True. they are expensive.

That is why I wanna do my research before I open my wallet.

But they do offer a magnificent point of view for some video shots.

Will be cool to try aerial photography too.

DtEW Senior Member • Posts: 2,167
Re: NEX for Aerial photography

I had a well-heeled friend (a lawyer shooting a Phase One digital back) ask the very same question in reference to a hexcopter.  He was intrigued by the size of my 5N, which I showed could be used with a small, stabilized lens (SEL35F18) without my EVF.

(A fast lens with optical stabilization are probably given pluses.)

I am uncertain if PDAF would be any advantage in this application... but if so, the NEX5R might be worth considering.

The ultimate size/weight combo would be the SEL20F28/SEL16F28 (the latter will have soft corners that might not be relevant for video, but it needs to be noted that the wingsuit guys who flew through the building in Rio used the SEL16F28 w/NEX-5 on a helmet mount) as they are the lightest lenses for E-mount, with an aluminum mount (everything else is brass)... plus a tiny body such as either the 3N or the old C3.  But you give up ISO100 and other features.

The 7 is of course the most massive E-mount body, but that's not to say it's a huge difference.  But if you want wide-angle, the corner color-shifting might be harder to process out for video.  (Somebody else will have to chime in about that.)

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kiwicrispin Junior Member • Posts: 36
Re: NEX for Aerial photography

With NEX-7 Video capture reliability being pretty bad in terms of the overheating issue, I wouldn't go to all the trouble of building/buying this to use it with a NEX camera with video in mind (and I own a NEX-7)......

macsoft4 OP Regular Member • Posts: 159
Re: NEX for Aerial photography

Well I shoot video a lot with my NEX 7 and never once saw the overheating message.

Also.. you have 4 to 6 powerful "fans" lifting the device.. you don't get better cooling system than that

DtEW Senior Member • Posts: 2,167
Re: NEX for Aerial photography

You know, I totally missed the fact that your original post was asking about a recommendation for a flying machineinstead of a photographic setup for such a flying machine.  Oops.

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macsoft4 OP Regular Member • Posts: 159
Re: NEX for Aerial photography

LOOL my bad.. the title is misleading

Pal2012 Regular Member • Posts: 368
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fquails Regular Member • Posts: 170
Re: NEX for Aerial photography

Post this question on Helifreak.com....there is a section there for Aerial Photography.

That site helped me earn my wings in RC helis....

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originalsauce Forum Member • Posts: 69
Re: NEX for Aerial photography

does anyone else have problems using an ipad to post replies? Just lost everything I previously wrote.

I dnot own or have first hand experience with a rc drone but I did a fair bit of research into ready to fly ones as I was interested in getting one.

The two I solutions that I came up with included both drones from DJI.

1) DJI Phantom with a GoPro (£800)

2) DJI s800 (£6000)

both products you can get cheaper but these are bundle prices and extra things I wanted. E.g video output through goggles. The return of the drone to 'home' when connection was lost or battery was low was a plus for me.

The one area I spent some time reading up on was how to reduce jello. E.g getting a prop balancer and balancing out the propellers reduced it quite a bit. Certainly for the Phantom which was the initial setup I wanted.

macsoft4 OP Regular Member • Posts: 159
Re: NEX for Aerial photography

Thanks for the link, But the idea is that it can carry a NEX 7

Pal2012 Regular Member • Posts: 368
Re: NEX for Aerial photography

macsoft4 wrote:

Thanks for the link, But the idea is that it can carry a NEX 7

Yeah, I know but for its low low cost and all that it does, I thought it might be worth considering for you.

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kazkioken Contributing Member • Posts: 541
Re: NEX for Aerial photography

You want to do plenty of research.  But basically this is a pivotal moment in aerial photography with lots of brushless gimbals coming out on the market now and soon.

Visit http://www.rc-drones.com for some quads, hex's and octo's that can carry a NEX.  I prefer to use the RX100 because of it's onboard stabilization and it has slightly cleaner video than my NEX5n or 7.

Here is a great thread with all the brushless gimbals that will be coming out soon:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1865315

You will need a quad or hex that can carry the weight of a midsized camera + the gimbal.  A Phantom won't do it you need something with more power and carry capacity.

Also keep an eye out on http://www.tppacks.com the site will get updated soon and they will sell a brushless gimbal for the RX100 and NEX cameras along with the quads, Y6's, etc.

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DtEW Senior Member • Posts: 2,167
Re: NEX for Aerial photography

Pivotal, you say?

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kazkioken Contributing Member • Posts: 541
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In terms of the OP's ask for low cost...the cheapest would probably be a used DJI f550 hex (or new or kit) with one if the 2 axis servo gimbals - moving up to brushless would cost bit more
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