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Old Jul 3, 2007, 6:26 AM   #1
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I am looking to do some animal research for behavior of animals on a farm, in an area without any power supply.
I am looking at a camera with motion detection, because of the lack of power supply and because I only want to view film material when action is on.

Ideally it would have the following features:

- SDHC Card
- record 320*240 at 15fps only - to save space
- motion detection, while LCD is switched off

- battery life on motion detection very long, about 6 hours when recording about 2 hours of motion

The Toshiba Camileo looks very interesting, even if it is a Digilife rebrand, but it only comes with 3 hours of normal running time. If the LCD would be switched off when the camera is set on motion detection, and if the motion detection feature actually would work then the camera would be an ideal and cheap tool for doing my research.

If not, does anyone know a camera that would meet the above criteria at less then $400?

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Old Jul 3, 2007, 10:10 AM   #2
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y1R9-ijNqQ

vivitar?

I do not know, but I can imagime the camera has to be in a standby stage, and that runs the battery down slower. so modification to an external battery would be sweet

yes this does video. vivitar website has the info
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I know of no hybrid that meets all those specs. I have a Digilife DDV-5120A, and the motion detection function on it really does work. Not for amall distant subjects, though, because it has to sense enough changes on the sensor between frames in order to trigger the camera.

The 5120a's screen can't be turned off while filming, but you could turn it to the lowest brightness, which presumably would save battery time. You may be able to run power via the USB port, which would give unlimited running time, but I have not tried that.

It may have a 320x240/15 mode, you'd have to check the specs for it on www.ispan.com.tw
It does not accept sdhc cards, but will take a 2Gb card, which isn't bad.

Digilife's DDV-C340 has motion detection, and takes 2-AA batteries, which presents an opportunity to hack it with larger batteries.

In the Hybrid List, any camera with an (x) has a motion detection feature, and there are a few of them.
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Old Jul 3, 2007, 11:13 PM   #4
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I think you should find what you need by doing a web search with these keywords "outdoor game camera". These are just some search results:

http://www.keystonecountrystore.com/Game_Cameras.html

http://www.nativeoutdoors.com/scoutingcameras.html

http://www.chasingame.com/preview2007/preview.htm

All of these cameras do NOT take continuous video. If your main use is to take video clips with motion detector, you should look for a camera with (1) the longest video clip per trigger (2) the largest SD card accepted (2 GB, the ones I looked at; I don't think any camera takes SDHC) (3) longest battery life (or external battery pack)

B&H also sells various models of Bushnell Trail Scout/ Trail Snetry outdoor cameras:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/shop/8...s/sq/desc/pn/1

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Thanks for this posting. I did not know that game cameras do exist.
Since some of them record video, they are probably much better suited, then normal cameras, only that they are very specialised.

I am just looking at my budget and currently my choices are:

1. get a specialised game cam (currently I do not need night vision but the IR options are interesting) - however it appears that the motion detection does not always work well, at least it is specialised to detect further in the distance and often includes heat detection

2. or get a Canon Ixus 70 or 850is which can record time-lapse movies at 1fps -
this way I need to view more material, but at least I get a photo camera as well.


The other camcorders mentioned have motion detection that is probably better for in-door use at a short range, interestingly enough the Vivitar 550 looks also to be a DigiLife OEM as it has exactly the same features as the Toshiba Camileo.

Many thanks for everyone in this thread to help me,
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look at the 'Attack of the show' awhile ago around 2 weeks they showd a time laps model, and yes SOLAR powered. locate the aipteo go- in- hand around page 15
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Hi,

just to let you guys know that the new Canon Cameras have a great time lapse feature, e.g. Powershot SD 850 you can set to record 1/2 or 1fps, however for an unknown reason the engineers decided to stop recording after two hours ... which is silly, so for my purpose I am back looking at the game cameras the the member 'blindsight' suggested and possibly the Vivitar cameras and similar cameras with motion detect feature ...
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