This page describes technologies that can be used for a near-space balloon launch.
- Canon Powershot
The cheapest new Powershot is $150, but these models haven't been ported yet. The cheapest supported Powershot (new) is $270 from Best Buy (which is too much). A more practical option is to find a cheap used Powershot.
Benefits: no microcontroller required, high quality images
- Cheap camcorder
dealextreme.com has cheap digital camcorders (no lcd display or other frills) for $50-$70.
Benefits: no microcontroller required, video Drawbacks: image quality of stills
- Cheap camera, disassembled
We take a cheap camera, like Gus's $25 camera, take it apart, and hook up some simple electronics to take a picture each 5 seconds.