Contemporary KAPpers use cameras ranging from single use film cheapies to Digital SLRs. Use this category to tell us what you use and why or to pose questions on matters photographic.
After my PowerShot S100 died an unfortunate death in a bay where I was trying to KAP, I took the opportunity to buy this camera that I've been eying for some time (with the blessing of my financial manager, aka wife). Compared to the likes of the S100, it is a bit expensive, but I got a used one in very good shape, and I think it is worth the cost. The benefits of it are:
- A large 1-inch type sensor, which has 2.7 times the area of the sensor in the S100 and 4.6 times the area of a typical compact camera sensor. That makes a big difference in real detail resolving power and dynamic range.
- A sharp Zeiss lens with low distortion and other aberrations.
- It is super light at 110 grams.
- It is waterproof and shockproof.
The downsides are:
- No built-in intervalometer or IR triggering. It may be possible to do it over USB, but I have not looked into that. I use a servo, which isn't a big deal to me.
- No 4k video or stabilization, so despite the action-camera looks, it's more suited for stills.
- I mentioned the price already. Of course, that's all relative.
If downsides #1 and 2 are deal breakers, there is a Mk ii version which takes care of both of those things, although it is a little heavier and also more expensive.
I designed an AutoKAP rig around it. Here is a video overview.
I've only had one chance to fly it so far, and the wind wasn't good enough to gain as much altitude as I wanted, but the results so far have met my expectations for image quality. Here are a couple from that session. I'm looking forward to using it more in the future.
Edit: after a search, I see there was some discussion of this camera a few years ago when it first came out, but I don't see any other samples of people actually using it for KAP. Maybe now that it can be had for cheaper, the cost/benefit ratio is more agreeable for other KAPers besides myself.