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I'm in need of a camera that fits the following criteria. As most people dont care about these needs it is very difficult for me to determine which cameras will fit them..

I have an industrial setting where the goal is to have a camera will take pictures of products for quality assurance on a regular basis. Every 10 minutes or so a tech will place a product in front of the camera, press some button (on the camera or in some software) and then the photo will transfer to the system. (Ill write the transfer software, that isnt an issue.).

Needs:.

" Can take photos while plugged into power, preferably without batteries.

" Can take photos while plugged into a computer, preferably transferring them automatically" Has a resolution of 5MP+ so that product defects can be examined in the photo.

Not Needs:" Size / Weight  it will be bolted down so it cant walk away.

" Zoom  It can be positioned at the correct location above the desk to always take correct photos" Battery Life  Always plugged into the wall" Frames / Sec rate  Stills only and can be several seconds between shots" Movies  Not going to use.

Thanks for any suggestions!-Will..

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A simple solution would be to use a new product called an Eye-Fi card (see http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/forum.asp?forum=1000) which is a Wi-Fi unit built into an SD card..

From what I have read when the shot is taken the latest image will pop up in the folder you have set up on the computer..

If you need to remotely trigger the camera from a computer or other hardware then you could use one of the Canon PowerShot range that has remote triggering software. Some other manufacturers have similar software but I have not used it..

I have adapted a Fuji S6500 for this purpose with the USB switched via the parallel port of a computer and the shutter release actuated via a solenoid (without having to delve into the camera internals). It takes between 6 and 10 seconds to display the shot at the computer but it works!.

I have done some considerable work on this for other cameras that involves getting into the camera hardware and directly connecting to the shutter release but this is probably not necessary for your application..

If you wish to know more please reply..

Cheers..

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Woil wrote:.

I'm in need of a camera that fits the following criteria. As mostpeople dont care about these needs it is very difficult for me todetermine which cameras will fit them..

I have an industrial setting where the goal is to have a camera willtake pictures of products for quality assurance on a regular basis.Every 10 minutes or so a tech will place a product in front of thecamera, press some button (on the camera or in some software) andthen the photo will transfer to the system. (Ill write the transfersoftware, that isnt an issue.).

Needs:.

" Can take photos while plugged into power, preferably without batteries" Can take photos while plugged into a computer, preferablytransferring them automatically" Has a resolution of 5MP+ so that product defects can be examined inthe photo.

Not Needs:" Size / Weight  it will be bolted down so it cant walk away" Zoom  It can be positioned at the correct location above the deskto always take correct photos" Battery Life  Always plugged into the wall" Frames / Sec rate  Stills only and can be several seconds betweenshots" Movies  Not going to use.

Thanks for any suggestions!-Will.

This sounds like you need a machine vision camera such as:.

Http://www.cohu-cameras.com/products/vidcams/7900.html.

There are a lot of cameras like this from Cohu, Pulnix, Cooke and others. They are intended for industrial use and play nicely with software. The only annoying thing is that they cost a lot more than 8MP point & shoot cameras, presumably because the market isn't as big..

Leonard Migliore..

Comment #2

No, machine vision cameras are too expensive for what you want do and, from my experience are either tricky to interface, don't meet their specifications or have finicky software development tools..

But they are fast, power hungry and so they run hot!.

They use sensors no different to medium to top end consumer DSLR cameras..

So, stick with a medium range P&S - you don't need a DSLR unless your lighting conditions are poor or your sample is not stationary when you take the shot..

Cheers..

Comment #3

Woil wrote:.

I'm in need of a camera that fits the following criteria. As mostpeople dont care about these needs it is very difficult for me todetermine which cameras will fit them..

I have an industrial setting where the goal is to have a camera willtake pictures of products for quality assurance on a regular basis.Every 10 minutes or so a tech will place a product in front of thecamera, press some button (on the camera or in some software) andthen the photo will transfer to the system..

This is a much more common requirement than you might think. Different setting, yes, but remote capture is widely available....

(Ill write the transfersoftware, that isnt an issue.).

... and can be done with bundled software..

Needs:.

" Can take photos while plugged into power, preferably without batteries" Can take photos while plugged into a computer, preferablytransferring them automatically" Has a resolution of 5MP+ so that product defects can be examined inthe photo.

My 400D can do all of those things. (I can't check the point about operating with no batteries because I don't have the mains adapter, it's an optional extra that I haven't yet purchased.).

Some of Canon's compacts also support remote capture but I don't have a list of which ones..

It would be worth looking at DSLR Remote Pro:.

Http://www.breezesys.com/DSLRRemotePro/index.htm.

- but in your case the extra sophistication, compared with the bundled software, possibly isn't needed...

Comment #4

Steve Balcombe wrote:.

Some of Canon's compacts also support remote capture but I don't havea list of which ones..

List at the bottom of this page:.

Http://www.breezesys.com/PSRemote/features.htm#ps.

But here's something which might be even more useful to you - higher up the same page is this:.

Interface with other applications.

PSRemote also includes a DLL and a sample program (complete with C++ source code) which allows other applications to release the camera's shutter and adjust the shutter speed and aperture./..

Comment #5

The mug shot camera in our jail fits your requirements exactly. It is AC powered, transfers directly to the booking system software, is semi-fixed in place, and the shutter is controlled through the software..

The original camera in this setup was a Kodak 2mp cheapie, but it worked well. The current placeholder is a Canon G5. Great pics (all things considered) and no user intervention required to operate the camera itself..

One difference is that the mug shot camera can be removed from the bracket and used handheld, for things like tattoo photographs. I don't think it has ever been used for that purpose, but it can be done. All this requires is a longer USB cable..

Crime Scene PhotographyA small gallery of personal work: http://picasaweb.google.com/PID885..

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