I needed something to make a time lapse movie of a construction. The basic requirements were:
- good quality pictures
- interval between pictures not less than 15 minutes
- taking pictures only during working hours
- ability to upload the pictures to web
- weatherproof design
- remote management
I had done one time lapse project with a GoPro Hero2 and Arduino, but there were two bad things – the GoPro has a really wide angle lens, and its picture quality in dark is quite bad.
After looking around in my workshop, I found an old Nikon D40, a RaspberryPi, a cheap Tenda router and a 3G USB modem. So I came up with the following:
- The camera will be controlled by a RaspberryPi running gphoto2
- Taken pictures will be uploaded to Google Plus and my desktop computer by Eye-Fi SD card
- To power the camera, it’s good to use a battery dummy. They can be purchased cheaply from Ebay
- For weatherproof housing it’s ideal to use waterproof cases from Explorercases. I chose model 2214
- With the help of a mobile broadband and dynamic DNS, I’ll be able control the whole setup and change camera settings from anywhere
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