There are many photo’s and videos around the internet showing the beauty and awe of near space. The sheer contrast of the earth below with a dark black emptiness of space above.

Being my first launch, I want to ensure that I too get to celebrate a successful mission. Nothing helps show others what can be achieved then some great photo’s or video.

However I certainly don’t want to place super expensive camera equipment with the risk of never recovering it into my first launch. So I have attempted to keep it relatively inexpensive but still with some good quality.

I have seen a lot of success with Go pros and also moded Canon camera’s. So I have gone down that path.

First up take a look at the CHDK Wiki who list several models of camera that can be modified to function to your requirements. They also provide all the instruction needed to complete the mod.

Canon IXY 70
Canon IXY 70

I purchased a cheap Canon IXY digital camera and just had to place some software on an SD card that when loaded by the camera allowed it to automatically start taking a sill shot every few seconds. The CHDK code allows for many other features as well.


I also acquired a SJCam SJ4000 as it looked like a cheap Go Pro alternative. It supports HD video and will also can take a still every 5 – 10 seconds. I haven’t decided yet, but may use this as the main still taking camera.

GoPro Hero2
GoPro Hero2

With the amount of Go Pros
heading into near space, I thought I may as well go the distance and risk it for some decent video footage. So I stalked Ebay for a 2nd hand Go Pro
Hero 2. This will be used to shoot constant video for the flight.

There are many things to consider to ensure I get some great photo’s and one of them is to ensure I have enough storage for the flight, so I have picked up a 32 GB SD card as this is supposedly the maximum for this camera.

I need to ensure I set the camera for a good quality shot, but I must not fill the card to quickly. I estimate I need to shoot for at least 2 hours. This also indicates that the battery must last the duration of the flight, so some battery expansion will be required.

So many need one of these

Many things to consider