wireless remote for canon powershot SX30 IS

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wireless remote for canon powershot SX30 IS
« on: 24 / April / 2011, 19:31:54 »
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Hi everybody,

i'm new on this forum, and my english is rather bad, so please forgive me if some sentences aren't verry correct  :-[

I'm thinking about buying a canon powershot SX30 IS, but I want it to have a wireless remote control. Is there an easy way to do so? I was thinking about something with bluetooth? The only problem is I can't write scripts, and barely understand them. I thought about it like this: first you hook up a BLUETOOTH adapter to your camera with USB, then (if possible) I would use my phone to send it somehow a bluetooth signal (I fear i might need an app or something, correct me if i'm wrong) therefore you have to pair your camera's bluetooth to your phone, and i think that's it. The phone is android 2.2 (if this matters).

is this possible? And if so, isn't it too difficult.
and is there an easier way to do so with a canon infra red remote (i would prefer this)

regards.

Re: wireless remote for canon powershot SX30 IS
« Reply #1 on: 24 / April / 2011, 22:26:33 »
You would be better off reading the CHDK Wiki page below and first start with a simple cable remote. Once you understand the camera operation then build a wireless remote.

http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/USB_Remote_Cable

Re: wireless remote for canon powershot SX30 IS
« Reply #2 on: 25 / April / 2011, 03:07:01 »
I've already read that, but i need a verry long cable. Teherefore i fear that the resistance of the longer cable will be too high. And after a while a wireless remote will be needed for sports.
I also read on a forum that someone bought a electronic dog leash, and converted it to fit a camera. But there is no explenation to be seen.

Greets

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Re: wireless remote for canon powershot SX30 IS
« Reply #3 on: 25 / April / 2011, 04:29:55 »
Take a look at Cris Benton's Flickr page on hi pole aerial photography gear here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kap_cris/4833201960/#in/set-72157624591116314
It has pointers to the remote doorbell project he used to build his wireless remote.
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Re: wireless remote for canon powershot SX30 IS
« Reply #4 on: 25 / April / 2011, 05:28:14 »
thanks for your replies.
@ zeno, my knowledge of electricity is limmited to the knowledge that it might hurt so forgive me if i'm wrong.
if I understand this well, i have to buy a wireless doorbell, the door push button is used as is, as remote. the actuall bell has to be rebuild (probably like this) you break it open, and replace the sound thingy by a cable which is a USB connector on my camera. if i push the door bell, there should go of a picture. Am i correct or is this wrong. and another question how much voltage can het SX30 handle without burning it??

Greets.

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Re: wireless remote for canon powershot SX30 IS
« Reply #5 on: 25 / April / 2011, 05:56:45 »
@speedlite

to make a wireless remote yourself will require some soldering as well as some knowledge of electronics. In essence all a remote has to do is to supply a pulse of 5v across the power pins of the camera's USB port. The wireless doorbell method replaces the bell ringing part of the receiver with a simple switch that supplies the 5 volts.

If you don't want to build it yourself you could buy one of these http://www.canoremote.de/ which uses a simple Apple remote and lets you do things like zoom as well as click the shutter. You could also check out these http://www.flickr.com/photos/fvdk3d/4823557573/#in/set-72157624151791739

Note that you can use a fairly long cable (at least 10 metres - 33') if you don't want to go wireless.
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Re: wireless remote for canon powershot SX30 IS
« Reply #6 on: 25 / April / 2011, 06:15:12 »
« Last Edit: 25 / April / 2011, 06:39:59 by thepanoguy »

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Re: wireless remote for canon powershot SX30 IS
« Reply #7 on: 26 / April / 2011, 04:15:36 »
I used a cheap 40D wireless remote from eBay to make a very compact control for my S3. In this case, the inbuilt 3V battery was enough to operate the camera. You do need to know what you're doing though - one wrong connection and the remote can be history.


Re: wireless remote for canon powershot SX30 IS
« Reply #8 on: 26 / April / 2011, 10:12:29 »
Another approach is to use a PICAXE chip.

The project on the following sites contains a three button infrared control with hardware circuits and software that may adapted to a USB remote:
 
http://galia.fc.uaslp.mx/~cantocar/microcontroladores/PICAXE/SILICON_CHIP_ONLINE___PICAX.HTM

http://www.picaxeforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=16123

PICAXE main page:

http://www.picaxeforum.co.uk/index.php

I have no programming experience. From what I have read on this forum and the CHDK Wiki, it would be possible to use one output of the PICAXE to take a photo, and the two other outputs to tell a script to zoom a lens forward or backwards or other scripting possibilities.

Re: wireless remote for canon powershot SX30 IS
« Reply #9 on: 26 / April / 2011, 14:58:02 »
thanks for all your replies. If i understand it all, then every remote connected with a AV plugin to your camera can be used. If I would by the SX30-IS and use a remote, should i then write a script, or is it included in the downloadable file in the map scripts: remote.bat

rem http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/USB_Remote_Cable
rem Simple USB Remote Shoot script
rem Usage: Select "Enable Remote" in "Remote parameters" and start this script.
@title Remote button

while 1
    wait_click 1
    if is_key "remote" then shoot
wend

end

can this script zoom in and zoom out, or do i have to alter something, ifso where can i find it.
Greets.

 

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