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About Pandoz

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  1. Hey all, I went to read some reviews on all the Aiptek cameras that Mr Rc-Man used in his projects and found a website called 2Fidelity.com. They are a division of Aiptek and sell refurbished Aiptek pencams at $9 apiece. Aiptek's own site (Aiptek.com) sells them for $9.99 apiece. I purchased 2 $9 Aiptek Pencams and to get a normal UPS ground shipping, the price was almost $10. Doing some simple math, I have just ordered 2 video-capable cams for under $30. Maybe it's just me, but this seems amazing! Ryan
  2. Sorry to revive an old topic (2.5 years....yikes). But, this is exactly what I need. I have a Minolta DiMage E201 that I am going to try to electronically trigger. Does anyone know if it is possible to just remove the shutter release button on the DiMage E201 and reveal the contacts under there, or do I need to go through the camera to access a good solder point? EDIT: If you guys don't know about this particular camera, I could take pictures of the inner parts of it to show you incase that would help. If no-one knows for this particular camera, then is it even a good/decent idea to try this on any minolta/any digital camera? Thanks. Ryan
  3. Ok then, I was just confused when the guy said he used certain resistors with his. Thanks a bunch, saved me a lot of time and money Ryan
  4. I don't know why I was trying to make it so complicated. I am a first year student learning to become a computer hardware engineer (so I'm used to digital microchips instead of the entire circuit) and I'm still new to the whole thing. The relay seems more valid after scouring through a bunch of forums. I think my biggest problem now is how much voltage is enough or too much to trigger the shutter. I know I have to use an Multimeter to measure resistance while pushing the buttons to find which are the control points, but I'm not sure how much voltage is needed from the relays to "push the shutter". Sorry for any confusion and if this doesn't make sense just tell me and I will try something else. Thanks for the time, Ryan
  5. Does anyone understand this or make another possible suggestion on how to get my camera to take pictures using the remote control system? (besides using a servo)
  6. Hi everyone, the RC-Cam projects are what really got me interested in remote photography (aerial in particular), in the first place, so I figured this would be the forum to address my problem in. I want to be able to use the remote control system linked below to send the signal to a camera to start recording (just press the shutter button once and then leave the camera alone). The 555 circuit article below is kind of what I want, but I just want it to push the shutter button one time and then stop until I push the button again. I have found various timed circuits, but it seems that they will close the shutter once the time elapses. The camera I'm using takes 60 seconds video clips and so that is why I only need 1 push until I hit it again. If there is an easier way to doing this, please let me know (In digitial circuitry, a simple debouncer component could be used, but I don't know how to make this type of device with analog parts). Here are links to all the parts I will be using if that helps: 555 circuit article: http://www.engadget.com/2004/09/14/how-to-...t-1-the-camera/ 555 component (wiki page): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/555_timer The camera is a Minolta Dimage E201 and my remote control that I will be using (it's a cheap R/C test before I get into real R/C controllers/vehicles) is here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...AMEWN%3AIT&rd=1 Thanks a million for any help. Ryan EDIT: I found this tutorial. This "one shot" sounds sort of like what I need, but it sounds like once I let go of the button on my remote, it would send the reset signal, causing the shutter to close...Here's the link: http://www.uoguelph.ca/~antoon/gadgets/555/555.html
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