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 Post subject: New Camtraptions PIR v.3
PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:01 am 
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Hello,
Seems like Camtraptions announced a new version of their PIR sensor today. It now has a built-in radio trigger.

https://store.camtraptions.com/collecti ... 5707872339

    * A new integrated transmitter can wirelessly trigger cameras and wake flashes. The transmitter is compatible with existing Camtraptions Wireless Receivers.
    * A new sensitivity algorithm, refined and improved over 18 months of field trials, delivers increased sensitivity, faster response time and fewer false detections.
    * A total of 160 different programs for still and video shooting now provide more options than ever before. New programs include a keep awake feature to prevent equipment sleeping and an option to wake flashes wirelessly before triggering the camera. These new programs expand the range of cameras and flashes that can be used effectively in a camera set-up. Want to use a Sony or Fujifilm camera with wireless Nikon flashes – no problem!




It is not clear to me if it can wake flashes in addition to trig a camera or it is either or.

The documentation says:

    If you want to use wireless flashes as well then you will need a separate wireless transmitter attached to your camera's hot shoe so that the flash burst will be synced with the shutter. The channel of the flash transmitter and receivers should different to the PIR sensor.


Promising with an improved sensitivity algorithm!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:11 am 
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You beat me to it. I’d just received the email and was about to post the news.

Sounds like a good idea but... the transmitter will be slaving off the pir battery so it may reduce the battery life of the unit a bit. What I’m not seeing is any details as to whether that is material or not.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:49 am 
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Ah, that is a good point!
Version 2 has been criticized for being power hungry...


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I heard good things about v.2 from my friend who had one. I was trying to figure out whether an external device can trigger both the camera and the flash without having sync. issues -- it'd be cool to be able to have a wireless trigger that didn't require putting a radio remote and power source for it inside the camera housing. I used to go that route but it takes a bunch of extra space.

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I doubt it would be possible to trigger both camera and flash from the sensor in synchrony as I guess the reaction time for the camera would be much longer.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:06 am 
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as i only have the triggersmart AIR atm ive pre ordered one

will update my findings when it arrives


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Lars Holst Hansen wrote:
I doubt it would be possible to trigger both camera and flash from the sensor in synchrony as I guess the reaction time for the camera would be much longer.


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I suspect you will need to use the PIR to the shutter release and then a different on hot shoe to fire synced flash. Though it might be worth double checking with the maker.


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As this video from Camtraptions shows, an additional radio trigger is needed to trigger both the camera and flashes from the PIR sensor.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:12 am 
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the PIR arrived yesterday
i'll test it over the christmas holiday


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Mambo wrote:
the PIR arrived yesterday
i'll test it over the christmas holiday


It would be great to understand how long the batteries in that unit last in practice.


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