Narrow field of view action cameras

The success of the 90 degree lens on the Firefly 8S and 7S meant that I started to look for other cameras that are also sold with narrower angle lenses. While the firefly “non-distortion” versions seem to be quite popular, and so suggest that this may become a more common option, at this point almost all action cameras have 170º lenses.

The Gitup Git2p also has a 90 degree version, but this camera is the same price as the Firefly 8S and still only has the Novatek 96660 chip, so isn’t capable of native 4k. While it does use the Panasonic MN34120PA sensor (which is reputed to perform well in low light), the newer model (GitUp G3 Duo) now uses the Sony IMX117 sensor, as used in the Firefly 8S.

At the time of writing, there do not appear to be any other “non-distortion” action cameras on the market.

Firefly 7S

The success of the Firefly 8S with 90º lens led me to purchase the earlier version, the 90º Firefly 7S. This camera has the common Novatek 96660 chip (not capable of native 4K) and Sony IMX078 sensor.

Like the Firefly 8S, the lens was very easy to release from its fixed focus. However, the main downside of this camera is that the app (iOS and android versions) does not support the full recording options – it does not allow time-lapse recording, and only allows real-time recording at HD (not the higher resolutions that are available via the on-screen controls. Continue reading

FuriBee Q6

FuriBee is Gearbest’s own brand. The FuriBee Q6 camera is less than £30 and while marketed as 4K comes with the commonly used Allwinner V3 chip (which is capable of native 3K resolutions but only interpolated 4K). This is the same chip as in the ELE Elephone Explorer and the MGCool Explorer Pro (both also marketed as 4K). It uses the Sony IMX179 sensor (the same as the MGCool Explorer Pro), capable of up to 8MP.

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Cyanotype experiments at Grezzo – chemicals in the cantina

Following on from the successful Austinmer cyanotype experiments, I have bought cyanotype chemicals to make my own. I brought the dry chemicals, along with the necessary instruments (scales, measuring cylinder, brown glass bottles, syringes) to Grezzo. I used the cantina (a naturally dark and cool space) as my lab. 

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