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Wild Life Cam?
« on: 26 / December / 2012, 13:48:14 »
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A friend is thinking of getting a Wild Life Cam http://www.trailcampro.com/

Did some searching  using keywords Wild Life Cam and looked at features.

Finally thought this is possible use for CHDK and searched the forum but did not find anyone telling how to do this.

Would seem with all the additional features CHDK has a Wild Life Cam would be possible.

Has anyone done this or something similar?

Gene

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Re: Wild Life Cam?
« Reply #1 on: 26 / December / 2012, 14:52:17 »
Hej,
You can detect animals with CHDK and motion detection, but you'll have to build the IR lights yourself and open you cam to remove the IR filter which is covering your sensor, for shooting at night, I suppose.

With daylight, no problem, see my post just under this one. You'll be limited by the battery life if you don't wanna adapt something like another power source. So well, depends what you can do yourself and if you wanna let it near your house in the morning or the afternoon or do more serious stuff.
The canon cameras are not waterproof either, except D10 but... you know.


Re: Wild Life Cam?
« Reply #3 on: 29 / December / 2012, 15:55:59 »
yvesson,

"With daylight, no problem, see my post just under this one."  Tried http://viny80100.homelinux.com/galeriecat.php but did not find your post.  Maybe because it was not in English?

Do you have an English post of what you have done?

Thanks

Gene



Re: Wild Life Cam?
« Reply #4 on: 29 / December / 2012, 16:03:37 »
waterwingz,

Thanks for the links, I would have never found these posts because I was searching only the titles and "A few questions regarding hardware, more than software, Time Lapse Camera Box, and 15 Month Construction Time Lapse?" would have never registered as being relevant.

Gene

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Re: Wild Life Cam?
« Reply #5 on: 29 / December / 2012, 17:46:49 »
yvesson,

"With daylight, no problem, see my post just under this one."  Tried http://viny80100.homelinux.com/galeriecat.php but did not find your post.  Maybe because it was not in English?

Do you have an English post of what you have done?

Thanks

Gene

Hej,
I meant on the forum, "creative uses of CHDK", the bird MD thread.

Re: Wild Life Cam?
« Reply #6 on: 29 / December / 2012, 19:55:15 »
Also just FYI there is a whole group of folks that build trail cams around certain Sony models and possibly other brands.  My relative builds them.  The advantage with them is that the camera is off, and the control board powers the camera on and takes a picture when motion is detected.  I think certain Sony models are used because they have a very fast startup time from Off to Ready.  Here is one link I found that is something similar to what the guy I know has created:

http://jayscottoutdoors.blogspot.com/2010/07/building-trail-camera.html

I don't know much about the whole deal other than it exists and I have seen the results first hand and they work pretty well.

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Re: Wild Life Cam?
« Reply #7 on: 29 / December / 2012, 21:47:08 »
Some good ideas I might use there. I particularly like the "pipe (pass) through" idea. Why didn't I think of that.

Next one I make is going to use 20mm pvc domestic water pipe  "pipe thru" and a cliplock box from the local supermarket, with bungee chord through the pipe. The glass in question looks like a 49mm or so daylight filter a couple of dollars/pounds/euros from ebay (to which you can screw  a polariser for daytime work if you want).

Expanding foam filler also makes a good easily workable, sand-able,  fillable and paint-able texture, cover with sand, bark, twigs, moss or whatever looks natural while still tacky (beware though, it is hellish to get off your clothing, so take care). 



 



Re: Wild Life Cam?
« Reply #8 on: 04 / January / 2013, 12:51:50 »
oronocova,

Thanks for the link http://jayscottoutdoors.blogspot.com/2010/07/building-trail-camera.html

Agree with ahull that Jay Scott has some good ideas!

Hope this will generate some interest and someone will figure out how to use Canon instead of Sony cameras because really like the additional features of CHDK.

Gene

Re: Wild Life Cam?
« Reply #9 on: 04 / January / 2013, 13:14:32 »
yvesson,

"...creative uses of CHDK, the bird MD thread."  Am guessing you mean "Motion detection birds shots"
http://chdk.setepontos.com/index.php?topic=1038.75

your last post for this thread "another blue tit, changed...so it looks more natural." 

Hard to tell what camera you used.  A540 or SX10IS or another?

If A540 do you still use auto macro mode, Tv locked F2.6 and ISO100 like you did 2008?

Earlier post you mention "...with SX10IS, don't need motion detection to get closer (but still hard to get close enough, impossible to get the same quality as macro mode of A540, think about it)"

From checking your comments "A540 did better than SX10 Is, again." have you determined why this is?

Thanks again for all your help!

Gene



 

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