Aerial Video with a Keychain Camera and Hubsan X4 Quadcopter

keychain camera hubsan X4 Quadcopter

If you want to take aerial video with your GoPro camera, the DJI Phantom quadcopter, which we’ve featured here, might come to mind.  If you don’t have $500 to spend (or more if you don’t own a GoPro), you might be looking for another cheaper option.

Fortuantely, 501Stratos has found an interesting solution by hooking a sub-$10 keychain camera to the bottom of his little Hubsan X4 warbird quadcopter.  The outer case is stripped off to save weight.

Update 4/22/2014: After a helpful conversation on G+ with Trevor, I realize this camera may actually be the more expensive (around $60) 808 #16 V3 camera (Amazon) with a wide angle “D” lens.  Or maybe another 808 camera with a “D” lens.  For more (much, much more) info on the versions of this keychain camera, check out this article by Chuck Lohr.  Thanks Trevor!

The video, as seen after the “read more,” from this camera is actually pretty good considering the source, but it’s really no competition for a proper aerial filming platform. Continue reading

Winner of Jaunary Quadcopter Contest Announced!

quadcopter, long exposure, and sparklers

Used to make this light graffiti photo as described here

Commenter Charlie A was recently selected to win the DIYTripods Quadcopter (This one from Amazon) contest for January 2014.  Unfortunately, I haven’t heard back from him yet, so Charlie, please reply back to the email or leave a comment!  If I don’t hear back by Wednesday, Feb 5th, I’ll select another winner.*

Charlie got the update from this post, so I definitely hope he enjoys his quad.  He’s promised to send in pictures of it in action around his office, so maybe I’ll get to put up a few!

Hopefully we’ll be able to do some other cool giveaways in the future, so be sure to check back, follow, or whatever.  If you’re wondering what this is all about, I put the sparkler/quadcopter light graffiti video after the “read more” link thing.
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Quadcopter Givewaway January 2014

Since November’s giveaway was so successful, to ring in 2014, DIYTripods is giving away another quadcopter – the Hubsan X4 H107L (Amazon)!  This quadrotor was used recently with spectacular results to produce airborne sparkler light graffiti.  (so it is camera-related if indirectly).


Just go to the giveaway page and follow the directions there to enter for a chance to win.  Thanks for reading, and good luck!