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SnapPiCam: a Raspberry Pi Point & Shoot

by mathew | February 12, 2014 01:00 12 Feb 01:00 | #10029 | #10029

What I want to do

I discovered the SnapPiCam, a project to make a point and shoot Raspberry Pi camera, through Adafruit. I ordered the parts used by the project team, and am going to make my own with some modifications. Specifically, I want to make it work without the touch screen, which is the most expensive part, and see what other parts can be stripped/redesigned in from the project.

Why I'm interested

I want a point and shoot Raspberry Pi Infragram cam, and I want to continue exploring the feasibility of making our Point and Shoot Kickstarter Reward with a Pi inside.


Did you ever get anywhere with this? I've been trying to find a way to use a PiCam in a KAP rig but it was always too difficult to control in the field (where chances are, SSH command line wouldnt be an option...) My idea was to build an touchscreen controllable RPi cam setup following the tutorial on Adafruit ( , so I could start the camera and the timelapse settings on the go. Unfortunately the Adafruit tutorial assumes you will be connected to WiFi and saving the photos in Dropbox. Its supposed to allow for a "standalone mode" but I can't seem to get it to work. Has anybody else figured out how to control a PiCam in the field without simply powering it on and praying that the python auto-timelapse works?

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I bought the Adafruit equipment but haven't put it together. check out my auto-timelapse instructions via bash script.

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