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#651825 - 15/12/2005 20:12 Time lapse camera
David Findlay Offline
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Registered: 23/12/2001
Posts: 868
Loc: Woody Point, Qld
I'm looking to build a custom time lapse digicam, with a homebrew timer circuit to trigger it. Could anyone suggest an older consumer digicam that has fast sustained time between shots? I'd like something that I could just keep taking shots once a second till card is full. Then I could just set my custom timer to simulate a trigger press once a second.

I think digicams are a good way to go with this because of the high resolution, you can digitally zoom any section of the animation. Any suggestions? Thanks,

David
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#651826 - 16/12/2005 08:48 Re: Time lapse camera
bigwilly Offline
Weatherzone Mod and Photog

Registered: 25/09/2002
Posts: 6543
Loc: Junee - just north of the 'Bid...
G'day David,
I think the three words working against you will be "older" "consumer" and "fast sustained" (well four words wink ) I'm not sure you'll find a decent older camera that will be able to write to a card fast enough.
I deffinately think that digi is the way to go (could you imagine all the scanning for film?)
ANyway I wish you luck with you're endevours! It'll be interesting to see how you go.

:cheers: Will

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#651827 - 16/12/2005 12:18 Re: Time lapse camera
David Findlay Offline
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Registered: 23/12/2001
Posts: 868
Loc: Woody Point, Qld
Thanks, I've actually come up with an alternate plan now, I'm going to fiddle with using the USB capture software and see if that works better. Thanks,

David
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#651828 - 17/12/2005 16:42 Re: Time lapse camera
Gordon Offline
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Registered: 01/02/2005
Posts: 397
Loc: Loomberah 685m ASL
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Originally posted by David Findlay:
Thanks, I've actually come up with an alternate plan now, I'm going to fiddle with using the USB capture software and see if that works better.
Nikon Capture works fairly well for USB control of my D70... the only problem is you have to have the computer within 5m of the camera, which isnt always convenient for long time-series when the laptop battery life is under an hour. I have to be careful to allow enough time for image writing between frames, otherwise some get dropped, but it keeps chugging away despite that, just with slightly variable times between frames.

Gordon
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#651829 - 14/01/2006 13:20 Re: Time lapse camera
Gordon Offline
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Registered: 01/02/2005
Posts: 397
Loc: Loomberah 685m ASL
David, you might like to have a look at these:

http://www.gentles.ltd.uk/gentled/Latest-News/index.htm

I've just ordered one so I can automate my camera for time-lapse sequences without needing the laptop to control the camera. Its a great price compared to genuine Nikon intervalometers.

Gordon
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#651830 - 14/01/2006 16:11 Re: Time lapse camera
thomo Offline
Weatherzone Addict

Registered: 06/12/2005
Posts: 2639
Loc: West End, Townsville, QLD
I just use a web cam, and Image Salsa to capture a image every 5 seconds. Then use Movie Salas to put the captured images together to make a movie.

http://www.imagesalsa.com/
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#651831 - 14/01/2006 16:43 Re: Time lapse camera
Bono01 Offline
Member

Registered: 05/03/2004
Posts: 866
Loc: Sydney
Quote:
Originally posted by Gordon:
Quote:
Originally posted by David Findlay:
[b] Thanks, I've actually come up with an alternate plan now, I'm going to fiddle with using the USB capture software and see if that works better.
Nikon Capture works fairly well for USB control of my D70... the only problem is you have to have the computer within 5m of the camera, which isnt always convenient for long time-series when the laptop battery life is under an hour. I have to be careful to allow enough time for image writing between frames, otherwise some get dropped, but it keeps chugging away despite that, just with slightly variable times between frames.

Gordon [/b]
How did you rig that up ?

Cheers
Bono

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#651832 - 14/01/2006 16:47 Re: Time lapse camera
Gordon Offline
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Registered: 01/02/2005
Posts: 397
Loc: Loomberah 685m ASL
Just plug it in wink USB cable between camera and laptop. 5m is the limit to the USB cable length

Gordon
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