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.

Nice landing…

On the other hand, you could simply buy one with a camera already built in, as is the case with the “C” version.  It’s about the same price, but if you already have a little quadcopter, the keychain camera gives you the option.  Also, I suppose the DIY version could be pointed down, if that suits the situation.

Below is a sample video of the H107 C flying around.  Like the DIY version, the video’s not great, but you could probably pull a few decent still frames out of it.

If you haven’t been convinced that you need to get one of these little quadcopters, be sure to check out this post.  In it I create some spectacular light graffiti using a H107 L model with a sparkler attached to the bottom!

2 thoughts on “Aerial Video with a Keychain Camera and Hubsan X4 Quadcopter

  1. willettfx says:

    My Quad is a RC EYE One Xtreme $130
    PYLE-SPORTS PSCHD30 Action Camera (Red) Records 720p got this under $40 but can get a Mobius ActionCam Full HD Sports Camera 1080P $75

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