Camera Selection

##What kind of camera works best for balloon/kite mapping?## Technically, any camera will work for [balloon and kite mapping](/tool/balloon-mapping), but compact cameras in the "point-and-shoot" class are the right size & weight for balloons and kites, and are cheap. You can check if your camera is listed (or add it) in our camera review. Phones with good cameras can also work, although in turbulent conditions there may be some motion blur problems. It is also recommended to use a camera that can use rechargeable AA batteries and not the Lithium one, because you want to be able to change batteries when its runs out of power. Most cheap consumer cameras have good enough resolution, though >2 megapixels, and closer to 8-12 is best. It's best to choose a lighter camera (< 1/4 pound or 150 grams). An older, used camera is a good option, as it is possible to lose or damage cameras if something goes wrong. Quick answer: many PLOTS mappers have been using the **Canon A495**, which has the following properties: * can be bought for < $60 new * uses AA batteries * 10 megapixels * can be used with continuous mode (see below) or CHDK * durable and reasonably light (~250g) ### Continuous Mode You will need a camera that can do continuous shooting (or "continuous drive"), or you will have to add an external shutter trigger ([see the camera trigger page]( ### Continuous Shooting Consumer Cameras See if your camera is on this list of continuous drive cameras at Digital Photography Review. For timelapse apps on smartphones, see [Timelapse Apps](/timelapse-apps). ## Questions [questions:camera-selection]...

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soniakakkad122 "Such a wonderful article this is. This article is significant and important for us. Much obliged to you for offering this sort of instructive artic..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
dusjagr "We are getting amazingly good results using the miSphere 360 camera. due to the gyroscope and other sensor, post-processing using their standard so..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
rd786 " " | Read more » about 6 years ago
daisywatson "Thanks Warren :) " | Read more » about 6 years ago
warren "There are some options here! #fisheye Hope that helps! " | Read more » about 6 years ago
daisywatson "I love GoPro, and I am following up to the question as I do want to know for some alternatives to it for aerial mapping. I have already been readin..." | Read more » about 6 years ago
warren "Just noting that @csik has had trouble with some of these types of cameras recently: I chocked it up to not being familiar with the cameras but fo..." | Read more » about 6 years ago
haneetsinghp "I Liked recently launched Eken H6S 4K Action camera, on YTECHB " | Read more » over 6 years ago
warren "Hi Chris - yeah i would be surprised if it's actually different, these almost all seem like the same hardware in different cases. I have found some..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
cfastie "Here is a strange development. This action camera has a 1MP sensor. It is a 1/4" sensor which has an area of 10 square mm. The native image size is..." | Read more » over 6 years ago
cfastie "The prices at Aliexpress seemed to be the about the same as at Amazon. Some of the product descriptions at Aliexpress named the sensor. For exampl..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
hank "I suggest you try instead of Amazon -- why pay double or more money for stuff when you can buy it direct from China? They are an um..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
cfastie "A good starting point for evaluating these sub $60 action cameras is the sensor. Many if not all of these cameras use sensors that do not have as m..." | Read more » almost 7 years ago
warren "These or similar cameras are as low as $40 now! Via @azaelb at" | Read more » almost 7 years ago
warren "Just noting this post by @SeanKMcGinnis on using #raspberry-pi-cameras --" | Read more » almost 7 years ago
warren "Of course, it'd be great to see an even cheaper #raspberry-pi -based alternative too! " | Read more » almost 7 years ago