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MnMoose

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Hello guys, Its been a while since ive had a chance to get on the forums! As some of you may recall I was working on a P32/AIO build. I finished that a few months ago and the camera has been working great. Thanks for the help from many of you here! 

My next project I would like to work on is designing a camera to get away from the dependence on point and shoot cameras. It seems like they are getting somewhat rare and expensive. Also the cost seems to be still a little high. I came up with the following things that I would like to do with the build. Let me know what you guys are thinking. 

1 - No point and shoot camera, move to a CMOS or CCD sensor to save cost and size. 
2 - Solar capabilities. 
3 - low current draw
4 - reasonable trigger speed. 
5 - reasonable range
6 - Surface Mount components where applicable. 

I know that this build may seem a little bit extensive and difficult to do, but I am an Electronic Design Engineer so I have some resources/training at my disposal. I also understand that it may take considerable time to create and may not have the same picture quality that some of the home brews you guys make. 

Thoughts, comments, suggestions and questions are all welcome! 

Thanks guys
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I'm interested, I've looked at a bunch of the board cameras and wonder the same thing.
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coyote08

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I'm not trying to steer you away from what you want to do, but not sure you reason on cost.  I'm working on one that I'll have about $180ish into the build.  It will do day time videos or pics, and night time pics.  Videos are 1080HD, and pics are 16MP.  I don't think you can buy a commercial camera with the 1080HD or 16MP for that price, let alone the night time quality pictures.  

That being said, what you want to do sounds interesting.  Look around this forum, Hagshouse.com and camtrapper.  I thought some others had looked into the sensors you're talking about. The ones I thought I remember reading about said they were having issues with speed of the camera.  I dont think quality was the same as point and shoots, but I know you weren't as concerned with that.  There are several things on hags recently about solar.  From what I've read, if you want to solar charge NIMH, you want to keep the mah from the solar panel at or below C/10 of the battery mah.  For lithiums, there is a circuit TP4056 that will stop charging batteries at 4.2V.  Theres alot more to read about charging though, just giving you real basic info on it.  I'm real interested in the solar too. 

Sounds like with your background, you should be able to come up with something.  Not sure if you're still in school, but sounds like a school project for a class maybe.  

Keep us posted on what your able to find, and as always, ask away with questions.  I haven't made it to the other forums yet, but not a bad idea to ask on multiple forums as not everyone visits all the forums.  

PS. Lets see your first build!
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MnMoose

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I will try to get pictures of my first build tonight. It is in my apartment getting the batteries charged. 

As far as quality goes, I dont need anything like 16MP pictures, and I wasn't planning on doing video at all. I just want to make a simple camera to take pictures. I will look around and see if anyone has a sensor that they have used and if they like it. 

I can also contact some of the suppliers and see what they have to say about it. 
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Is this something like youre wanting to do?

http://www.diytrailcams.com/post/ultra-compact-trail-cam-7207215?highlight=sensor&pid=1285451731
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MnMoose

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Yeah kinda! That sounds just like what I wanted to do
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MnMoose

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Does anyone k ow if this went anywhere?
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