Although I am very happy to continue to use CHDK and older Canon Powershots for my infrared photo kite flying, I had a look briefly at other options, primarily cameras with a built-in interval timer capability, as well as suitability to be modified for IR, support for RAW files and relatively light-weight – I don’t have the appetite to fly my Sony a7ii or any other big heavy and expensive SLR.
After a quick search, and reading various user guides, a few interesting suitable cameras turned up. There are more cameras with built-in interval timers, such as the new Nikon A, Fujifilm X100F, older Lumix LX and Olympus tough TG series, but these either have an unsuitable fixed (too wide) lens, are expensive to dangle from a kite or the interval timer will only do a small number of shots with an interval of minutes, rather than the ideal of 3-5 seconds.
The interesting ones that did turn up were the:
- Fujifilm X30, X70, X-E2, X-E2S, X-A3
- Nikon J1, J2 & J3
- Panasonic Lumix DMC GX7, GX8, GX80 & GX85
- Samsung NX500
All nice cameras, and interestingly able to capture full-spectrum and use lens-filters (rather than just a fixed near-IR frequency), but also more expensive than a cheap older Canon A or SX models running CHDK; although a used Samsung NX500, Nikon J1 and Lumix GX7 would be less expensive to purchase used.
UPDATE: Sony Time Lapse App
I originally missed that Sony offer an in-cameraTime-Lapse app for a number of their cameras: Time Lapse App
- NEX-5R, NEX-5T & NEX-6
- a5000, a5100, a6000, a6300 & a6500
- RX100M3, RX100M4, RX10M2, RX1RM2, RX10M3 & RX100M5
This looks like a very comprehensive capability and on an older camera like an NEX-5 or a5000, a quality inexpensive option.
As I find more suitable cameras I will add them to this page: Cameras with Interval Timers