After a lot of research on small cameras for my multicopter, I went for the Pentax Q. Affordable, compact, Pal video output, built in-stabilizer and only 250 grams total. I managed to find a nice wide angle lens from Sunex and everything seemed to be perfect.
However, after a few aerial video sessions, it became more and more visible that something was not quite what I expected from 1920×1080 video. There was something lost in the details.
Today I did a test to compare image grabs from:
- The Nikon1 full HD video
- Pentax Q full HD video
- Pentax Q still image.
I used the same lens – Pentax 110 18mm f2.8.
If you look towards the midde of the circle and toggle between the images in the gallery, you see a slight pixellation on the Q, whereas the Nikon and the still looks detailed as expected. No matter the lens, the Pentax Q video lacks behind the Nikon and probably other cameras as the Go Pro.
This means I’m not yet settled with a small video solution for my hexacopter. Currently the only wide angle for the Nikon is the $500 6.7-13mm. It’s a bit steep, so I’m likely to put my attention towards the Go Pro Hero 3, wich has ABOVE full HD resolution.