After years of experimenting with trail cams I was never satisfied with the results. I was particularly interested in what goes on in the dark. The trail cams didn't have the image quality and lighting I was looking for. I abandoned the trail cams for a system I put together myself.
I'm new to this system and still struggling, it's a trial and error process (much error), but I thought I'd share some of my results (so far) with any of you good folks that may be interested.
That's it for now. Hope y'all enjoy.
Last edited by BowNC; 02-13-2010 at 08:54 AM.
Reason: Wrong Photo
Just so it makes some sense, let's start with a trail camera.
Inside many trail cam housings on the market today you'll find a:
PIR Sensor- Detects motion
Programmable controller- fires the camera and allows for different settings.
The housing for the "system" is a home made, plywood, box.
Mounted on the front of the box is the PIR sensor.
Inside the box is a:
Programmable controller (The Time Machine by Bryan Mumford)
Camera (Canon 20D)
Flash (Sunpak auto 544)
Batteries (for the stuff in the box)
Outside the box (in various positions, 'cause I don't really know what I'm doing yet) are two battery powered 320w slave strobes.
Basically, it's just a big wooden trail cam with a better PC, better camera, and more lighting.
Have you checked out any of the home brew trail cam sites because I have seen some with about that quality of picture, most using an external slave flash (viv 2800 and other viv).
Nothing with a Canon 20D but some are using 12.1mp cams (Sony W230).
Do you have a link for "The Time Machine by Bryan Mumford" ?