Sunday 24 May 2009

Improving H.EXP 7.0: 7.0+ and 7.1+

The H.EXP 7.0 was designed thinking to put every kind of cameras in, but obviously cameras with light weight and small size makes to wear the helmet more comfortable. Recently I bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC FT1 (TS1 in USA) and I was looking for the best way to carry it on the helmet.

These first photos show the simple 7.0 mounting system: The camera is directly screwed.

But placing or removing the Lumix was too slow to do on the fly. I recommend strongly insert a quick release adapter. So, the camera is ever ready for conventional use (taking photos, reading battery state or changing settings...) or on-board use. I will refer quick release systems with the mark'+' (e.g. 7.0+)

At last, I prepared a set of accesories (U-bar and brackets) for to place the camera upright or in different possitions. They will be called 7.1 and 7.2. The results are very similar in all positions. Differences are the risk to hit the stem and small changes in image composition.

Family. 3 samples FT1 from montonm on Vimeo.
This video is mainly intended to show capabilities of Lumix DMC FT1. It has 3 cuts in lighting conditions that usually hinder recording, and the Lumix passed positively the test.
The system mounting is a variant of 7.1+ with a small U-bar that places the camera in a higher position.

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