Motion Activated Camera

Posted on Feb 6, 2014

A relatively simple attachment to my Canon SLR to create a motion activated camera using Arduino. A lot of this was based on and inspired by the intervalometer project at The Honey Jar. I made some changes to his circuit to use a 4N35 optocoupler instead of reed relays. Here is what you will need: The motion detector is really sensitive so I cut a small hole in the box to try and and reduce its field of view.

Motion Activated Camera
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This might not be as much of a problem at night, but during the day it would constantly give false positives. /* Motion Activated Camera Dan Bridges 2009 For schematics and more documentation see: */ boolean focus = false; int shutterPin = 2; int focusPin = 3; int PIRPin = 4; int shutterPressDelay = 200; int focusPressDelay = 200; int interPictureDelay = 500; void setup(){ pinMode(shutterPin, OUTPUT); pinMode(focusPin, OUTPUT); } void loop(){ if (digitalRead(PIRPin) { takePicture(); delay(interPictureDelay); } } void takePicture() { //If you want the camera to focus first set //the focus variable to true. if (focus) { digitalWrite(focusPin, HIGH); delay(focusPressDelay); digitalWrite(focusPin, LOW); delay(250); } digitalWrite(shutterPin, HIGH); delay(shutterPressDelay); digitalWrite(shutterPin, LOW); } The same circuit (minus the PIR detector) can also be used as a standard intervalometer. At some point IG ‚¬ ll probably add a potentiometer and a LCD screen to allow for custom time intervals on the go.

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