By Andrew Liszewski
According to Milhouse: “Perfectly level flying is the supreme challenge of the scale model pilot.” But after you’ve mastered those skills, how do you keep your RC hobby interesting? Well by spying of course! And this lightweight aerial camera from Chinavasion looks like
the perfect a highly affordable tool for the job. The camera with mounting bracket weighs just 27 grams, so it shouldn’t affect your plane’s performance or flight time that much, but with a price tag of around $48 just don’t expect to be capturing IMAX caliber footage.
Video is recorded at 640×480 at 25 frames per second, and on a single charge the camera will run continuously for about an hour and a half. Still photos have a bit more resolution at 1280 x 960, and while the lens can be rotated up to 70 degrees, it’s not controlled by a servo so you’ll have to make your adjustments while on the ground. You’ve got 2GBs of built-in memory to play with which should be more than adequate for your average flight, and the camera’s also got a mini-USB port on one end for offloading your videos and photos to a PC.