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Train-Mounted Camera(s)

jwsmartjwsmart Member Posts: 298
edited April 2012 in Photography/Video
#ILUGNY recently participated in the Lyndhurst LEGO Fun Days in Tarrytown NY.
After being inspired by @DaveE123 and @andyscouse and the rest of #NELUG, I decided to do some on-train filming of my own:

All the youtube footage was captured with the 808 #11 HD Keychain Camera ( . You'll also notice in one of the movies that we had live video being broadcast onto the TV in the room. That was done with this "Security Camera" ( All in all, it was fairly successful. I'm currently shopping around for a replacement for the live camera - the quality was fairly poor, the range was limited, the battery life was terrible, and the field of view was not that great. The keychain camera was awesome, and I'm going to be ordering a few more of those. I'd even like to integrate them into a permanent LEGO based enclosure somehow.

I hope you all enjoyed the footage, and I would strongly encourage anyone who does 9v, RC trains or monorail to pick up one of those 808 #11 keychain cams...


  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ Member Posts: 4,179
    try a gopro camera, theyre awesome.
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    The monorail one made me feel sick!
  • caperberrycaperberry Member Posts: 2,226
    Someone at AFOLCON pointed out that if you have the Smallworks iPhone case which has Lego compatible studs on it, you can mount it on your train.
  • jwsmartjwsmart Member Posts: 298
    @Si_Dorking_Surrey_UK - I looked at a gopro - but they were many times more expensive, and they are physically much larger than the "808 #11". I'd rather spend the difference on more LEGO.

    I'd like to modify mine to fit inside a smaller, brick-built housing, but that's fairly low on the priority list.

    @CCC - Yeah, it's a bit like a slow motion roller coaster.

    @caperberry - we had clearance issues on all sides of the trains - an iPhone would have crashed into many, many objects.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ Member Posts: 4,179
    yeah, fair point they are pricey. TBH I bought mine for mountain biking, for which it is superbly designed, and nothing comes close, but for trains etc it might be overkill. Having said that it's still darned good - much better with being mounted to a mobing object than most 'normal' cameras, ane believe me I've tried a few of em in some crazy configs!
  • jwsmartjwsmart Member Posts: 298
    ^ I'd be surprised if they weren't optimized in some way for high amounts of motion in each frame...

    I'm still looking for a good solution for "live" broadcasting.
  • Bluefox1966Bluefox1966 Member Posts: 360
    Used a gopro on this

    go to 1:27 for the gopro scene.

    Easy yo use and lightweight.
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP Member Posts: 1,917
    ^ The GoPro shots are really cool, the the unit itself is quite expensive. Unless you do some extreme sports and have things to do with the camera other than trains.
  • Bluefox1966Bluefox1966 Member Posts: 360
    ^Agreed, lucky my friend lent me one for the day for free.
  • BustinBustin Member Posts: 286
    Mattel just recently came out with a Hotwheels car that has a camera on it. The camera is quite small and can detach from the car. It is also very cheap.
  • BustinBustin Member Posts: 286
    ^$60 dollars at Toys R Us, It looks about 4 studs wide.
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP Member Posts: 1,917
    But the quality sucks. :(
  • Bluefox1966Bluefox1966 Member Posts: 360
    @LegobrandonCP Bought one of these for £24.00 Mini DVR 808 Car Key Chain Micro Camera #16 Real HD 720P H.264 Pocket Camcorder. From ebay. Great little camera with a fair quality picture used it for the sweeping over the crowd at the beginning of this video you will also need to buy a micro sd card if you don't already have one.
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