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Old Apr 22, 2003, 5:42 AM   #1
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I am searhing for a digital camera, which i can operate completely remote ( by using a laptop), I want to operate the camera from my laptop, and see live pictures also, the reason is that i want to install the camera in an area that is harmfull for humans. I've searched around the net and for the moment, the only one i've found is the Nikon D1 and D100, are there other solutions and or cheaper cameras...
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I believe most cameras will let you do that especially the well known brands through the camera's USB port:
http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/v...&highlight=usb

Nikonview too will let you control some Coolpixes... 8) 8) 8)
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For cheaper cameras, take a look at Casio. .http://www.dicasoft.de/ctrlwin.htm has the software and documentation. Watch out for the 3000 - it resets the zoom to wide angle after every USB download.
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Old Apr 22, 2003, 9:08 AM   #4
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BillDrew, thanks for your reply, but this not the solution i am searching for, serial is to slow, because i want to see also live images on my laptop, at the moment i have got a serial solution with a sony, and i am looking for something else.

NHL, that NikonView, do you have got more info on that, because, the ony thing i find, is that it is used for transfering pics from the camera/smartcard to the pc, but nothing about control
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You're right it looks like the Nikon Capture is not supported on the Coolpixes (only batch transfer, ie no camera control), but only on their dSLRs...
http://www.stevesforums.com/phpBB2/v...hlight=network

The Canon are your best bet then with their RemoteCapture (page 92 of the ZoomBrowser EX software guide in the previous URL)
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2001_reviews/g2_pg7.html
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Old Apr 22, 2003, 6:45 PM   #6
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BillDrew, thanks for your reply, but this not the solution i am searching for, serial is to slow, because i want to see also live images on my laptop, at the moment i have got a serial solution with a sony, and i am looking for something else.
DiCaCtrl controls the camera through the serial port, but downloads via the USB. That still might be slow for your application - it is a few seconds before the transfer is done..
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Old Apr 23, 2003, 1:29 AM   #7
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Bill, perhaps it can work, if the DiCaCtrl thus not transfer the whole picture through USB, but only a thumbnail with continuios refreshment, or something like that, i need something rather live (2 a 3 fps) so i can see what is hapenning and know when to shoot.

NHL, i have to dig into that Canon, since the Coolpix do not work, and the Nikon SLR's are a little bit out of budget at the moment.
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It won't run at 2-3 fps, more like a few seconds per frame. DiCaCtrl does transfer the entire image though.

If you need 2-3 fps, you will likely need a firewire/USB2 connection. Neither of those come in cheap cameras.

Would a "thumbnail" or low res image be good enough to figure out when to "see what is hapenning and know when to shoot."? The TV output from many cameras might serve that purpose.

What resolution do you need for your image? If it is low, extracting a frame from a video camera might be the way to go.
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I had the possibility to experiment with a canon S40 and, it thus what i was searching for, the preview is rather small, as Bill stated i will need firewire or USB2 for that, Normally next week i have got a Casio to experiment with, thanks guys...you were a great help.
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Please visit http://www.akond.net for the information on inPhoto Olympus and inPhoto Canon camera control software. Both work as TWAIN drivers and provide full camera control from PC.
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