Low Cost Site Survey: FlyCamOne2 + Remote Control Plane

An aerial view of a site is often essential for 3d model construction, camera tracking footage or just for general survey purposes. Remote surveying is often expensive (see 25,000 Euro Microdrone) but with a little imagination you could achieve similar results with a couple of $99 FlyCamOne 2’s and a GPS attached to a remote control helicopter or plane.

The FlyCamOne records video at 640×480 resolution and stills at 1280×1024 – high enough to build a 3d model from. Aikonaazi’s video below provides an insight to the possibilities with a flight around Portland Bill lighthouse:

Chrisbofh has used the FlyCam in a test flight over over Chesil Beach on the 21st – still images are captured every 4 seconds:

See also Chris’s brushless easy star flying up to 1000ft over Weymouth:

If we weren’t Central London based we would be out now buying a remote control plane and a couple of FlyCamOne2’s, who said geography cant be fun…

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  1. James Robertson - July 10, 2008

    What about Balloon Aerial photography , don’t know if there restrictions about this kind of thing London?

    Check out this link:


  2. Andy - July 10, 2008

    We did look at using balloons a while ago.. but there are restrictions – in the end we hired a large crane for a job we did…

  3. Ciaran - July 14, 2008

    Surely 640×480, not 640×180?

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