No, when facing away from the sun there is no "prop shadow", and it does only show when facing the sun at a certain angle of the sun, like nothing if sun is very high or very low in the sky, but in between. So the actual question was about a lens hood. I have seen a few for this camera on ebay, but not seen a review on here, so I am making a test hood to try next time the sun appears...... very cloudy today
Yes, I do tilt it down (if I remember when facing the sun) but sometimes I don't notice the flicker on the ST16 and only see it after I download the video to my PC. Anyway, thanks for the tips, and I will be testing out my featherweight hood soon.
The suface area of the hood was catching way too much prop thrust and caused the tilt motor to struggle as seen in this vid.
I didn't touch the tilt slider at all - tilt movement is from prop thrust.
Here's a couple of pics of the thin cardboard prototype. I won't be spending any more time on this as aiming the camera down a bit is alot easier and no undue stress on the tilt motor.
It's nigh on impossible to completely eliminate the possibility of prop shadow when facing the sun and the trouble is that you seldom know you have got it until you watch the video after downloading it to your PC...by that time it's too late. A good way of minimizing the possibility of prop shadow, then, is to follow the rule of thirds: Have the camera tilted down so that there is noticeably more ground in your shot than sky. It doesn't have to be exactly a third sky and two thirds ground...but you get the idea.Yes, I do tilt it down (if I remember when facing the sun) but sometimes I don't notice the flicker on the ST16 and only see it after I download the video to my PC. Anyway, thanks for the tips, and I will be testing out my featherweight hood soon.