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Which Camera for skydiving!

Hi All. I will soon be jumping with cameras and as I enjoy photography on the ground, and in the sea I will wish to take this into the sky. Video is good too, but it's possible I'll also add a gopro.

The standard setup for a fun jumper is a GoPro, video mode, and stills taken from this. As photos they are awful. The video is pretty decent.

Tandem videographers seem to use very cheap SLR's mostly with standard kit lenses. May be a good choice but I wonder if I really need such a big, mediocre camera on my head.


I've researched but NO ONE on the net discusses skydiving camera gear :-)

Now at home I have an OMD EM5 with loadsa lenses. I have an outgoing D600 (I keep for good CAF). I am looking at buying either an EM1 or EM5 MkII soon.

The EM1 / EM5 may work well - however the EM5 is not known for good autofocus, when you are in freefall I do not want dials and great screens. It's all operated by a tongue switch... so it needs to be point and shoot perhaps a high aperature and I hopefully get some good in focus shots!

This has led me down the road to think how about an EPL6 or even smaller yet a EPM2 - cheap and I have lenses a plenty - however how would the Autofocus be, and FPS? Its very bright light up there, very fast subjects I cannot hope to frame very well?

Lastly of course I could look at a true mini camera like a powershot S120 or OLDER RX100 (I am not spedning near 1000 for the newer model!).


Input would be appreciated!
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Re: Which Camera for skydiving!

Have a look at the Olympus TG-4. You have to have a "breakaway" mount for helmet mounted kit, so something "TOUGH" has a big advantage.

It will probably handle the altitude changes better as well as any moisture you may pass through.

Please post the pictures, however you get them.

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Re: Which Camera for skydiving!

I don't think I'd want to take an interchangable lens camera at all.
There are loads of compact cameras on the market that produce quite respectable images. I'd want something that packs away neatly to slip in a pocket before landing.
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Re: Which Camera for skydiving!

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Have a look at the Olympus TG-4. You have to have a "breakaway" mount for helmet mounted kit, so something "TOUGH" has a big advantage.
Yeah these are good for all purpose stuff but I want something a little higher quality. The helmet will have the cutaway system rather than the mount! I've lost helmets before, if the camera gets smashed it's not such a concern, there is much more expensive bits in my helmet than the camera!
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I don't think I'd want to take an interchangable lens camera at all.
There are loads of compact cameras on the market that produce quite respectable images. I'd want something that packs away neatly to slip in a pocket before landing.
Well I will consider something like an RX100 - however I'm not sure these compacts have tongue switch capability.

Also if you go too far down that route you might as well use a gopro set to stills mode.

Lenses are a snag risk, hence in the UK we need to have a few hundred jumps first, and the helmet must be able to be cutaway with a pull cord.

We won't stow anything away on landing, it's mounted to the helmet. It's quite possible I'll work as a tander camera person, in which case I will be wearing a large camera AND a video recorder so I'm not to converned about something like an E-PM2!
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Re: Which Camera for skydiving!

Question: On the samyang 7.5mm infinity focus will be sharp from a few feet to infinity. I'm guessing the longer the lens the further the minimum distance for focus would be?

Is there some sort of calculation for this?
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Question: On the samyang 7.5mm infinity focus will be sharp from a few feet to infinity. I'm guessing the longer the lens the further the minimum distance for focus would be?

Is there some sort of calculation for this?
Any wide angle will give you much greater DoF

http://www.dofmaster.com/doftable.html

For the 7.5mm set it on about 1m @ f/8 and virtually everything will be in focus.
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Re: Which Camera for skydiving!

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I don't think I'd want to take an interchangable lens camera at all.
There are loads of compact cameras on the market that produce quite respectable images. I'd want something that packs away neatly to slip in a pocket before landing.
I agree on the compact camera- I do Micro-liting and there is no way I'd take an interchangeable lens body into the sky ! There are so many good compact cameras out there for not a lot of money
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Re: Which Camera for skydiving!

I would have thought a 4K GoPro would be your best option for better quality stills and of course the video will be stellar!
I use my HD only GoPro when I go mountain biking but wouldn't ever grab any stills unless for web use or a report (yes I sometimes use it for work).
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Re: Which Camera for skydiving!

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Well I will consider something like an RX100
If you do, don't get the Mk1. Many examples have serious 'spontaneous start-up' issues that Sony have ignored. In fact I wouldn't get any Sony as their customer support re. the RX100 is appalling!

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Re: Which Camera for skydiving!

The E-Pm2 would do the job as it would be helemt mounted i presume then stick on a 17mm lens put it MF focus aperture priority set at f8 focus at 8 feet and focus will be from 3 feet to infinity use auto ISO and your on your way.

Try out the RX100 too though and see if you can set it up like above.

A viewfinder is not needed of course.

How many jumps have you done?

http://www.dropzone.com/safety/Freef...s_101_721.html

Try here
http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/foru...uest=196060050

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Re: Which Camera for skydiving!

Just remember that although the subjects are moving fast, so are you, so relatively they are standing still in theory.
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