What I want to do
Establish a set of design specs for a field-deployable time lapse camera, based on real-life use-cases.
My attempt and results
From conversations with @mathew and @gretchengehrke, I"ve taken a first pass at a list of design goals.
- should be waterproof, able to survive inclimate weather.
- should be able to record photos at 10 minute intervals for minimum of 30 days without recharge.
- should be able to have data removed and battery replaced/recharged in the field by a non-technical user.
- should be able to be mounted to a variety of bases, in urban and natural environments.
- should be of a minimum of 8MP resolution.
- should have total BOM cost of less than $100.
- should provide accurate time stamp or ability to determine time/date for every photo
stretch goals (nice but not necessary):
- solar power
- gps geotagging
- camo in natural setting
- camo in urban setting.
- able to preview shot
- able to exchange lenses, using standard M12 lens thread.
Questions and next steps
discuss tweaks or additions here in this thread, to compile into a revised set of specs. Then we can answer the question: is there existing hardware that does this? And if not, we can map out our own plan to make something that does.
Why I'm interested
I've been tinkering with hardware for a trap cam, but I want to make sure development work is heading toward clear goals set by real-world use cases.
@tonyc, @mathew, @warren, @stevie, @donblair: I think an additional stretch goal that would be worthwhile is to be able to control the trap cam with a microcomputer that receives input from a sensor (e.g. so a turbidity spike could turn on the camera).
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