Laird Telemedia LTM

Laird has introduced a new range of cameras that have uses beyond motor sports. The price starts from 300 dollars and it is meant for use in a wide range of projects, inclusive of instances where disposable cameras are required. They are designed to use on cars, boats and motorcycles. Here, the use of Laird Telemedia LTM has been described based on a field production held recently.

We needed a camera to mount on the Lamborghini Diablo, a Race Car that would be on the road course. Apart from being easy to mount, it had to give broadcast quality at an affordable cost, and hold on at high speeds of over 180 mph. After a good search, we chose the Laird Telemedia LTM.

The Laird Telemedia LTM comes in a travel case that is sturdy, holding all the components safely within foam padding. Its package contains Camera Housing made from aircraft aluminum (Laird Shock Tube), 480 or 380 line cameras of lipstick style, with a 4’ Composite video cable, 12volt Battery pack, Miniature Microphone with a clip mount, Battery Charger, heavy duty strips for Velcro mounting, RCA-BNC adapter and Camera Base plate.

Actually, the Laird Telemedia LTM is itself a steel tube camera of lipstick- style, having the Sony precision CCD as the image pickup device. Your order could be for versions of 480 or 380 line resolution, along with a four feet composite cable. The camera housing is also rugged aircraft aluminum having an optical grade protective plate at the front that is indestructible. This plate angled upwards, prevents sun glare and helps in the upward bouncing of unwanted pests. The power cable is bundled within its 4’ video cable, so that there is only cable projecting behind the camera.

A Velcro set of heavy duty is also included in the kit to mount the camera on the car or wherever else you want to. A camera plate of a small size could be mounted to the object, so that the camera screws directly onto the plate. It is useful for time-lapse, and for mountings where vibration need not be regarded.

A pair of ’O-rings’ added to the outer side of the camera holds the camera firmly before tightening the screws, and also offer better shock protection, so that the a solid image without any rattle is produced. The microphone has a battery of watch-type, with an on-off switch, with nearly ten feet of cable to clip it to the side visor of the driver.

The Laird Telemedia LTM camera units have no record device, and hence the audio and video feeds must be run to a camera or recorder. With very little space for a record device, we used the client’s Sony VX-2000 that was behind the seat of the driver. Thus, the camera was positioned securely. Off in the race track, it performed quite well. The tape check after three hours showed a good image quality. Due to the use of a wide angled lens, we could seed over a quarter mile down the track of the race course, which was over two miles. Reflections off the car’s windshield were also beautiful. Even on turns and rub rails the quality of the picture was solid and outstanding.

Though primarily developed for motor-sports, Laird Telemedia LTM camera is useful for a variety of projects including Hidden camera, sports, time-lapse, extreme sports, science, POV perspective, concerts and many more. The LTM-LCAM380 costs 299 dollars and the LTM-LCAM480 costs 399 dollars.

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