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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 2:59 pm 
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Ok, lets get this started. This list is meant to provide information on DSLR cameras that members have used for camera trapping. I'll start with the Canon cameras that I have built traps around. Maybe we can get Willy to sticky this and I will keep the original post updated as members add input. I will add the Nikon list over the weekend.

Also, I started a repository of DSLR camera manuals at http://www.trlcam.com/CameraManuals If you have a manual or any other DSLR related document to add email it to me and I will put it in the folder.

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Rebel XTi
Also called EOS 400D or EOS Kiss Digital X in Japan is one of the more popular cameras to be used as a camera trap. It has a APS-C sensor listed at 10.1 megapixels. Choice of lenses is excellent. The kit lens was an 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 II EF-S mount. Canon DIGIC II processor. Memory is Compact Flash. This camera has an excellent sleep mode. It is very quick to wake up. Battery life for a stock battery is two to three weeks depending on temperature and number of shutter activations. Shutter control is a 2.5mm three pin female. It is a common stereo connector.

Rebel XSi
Also called EOS 450D or EOS Kiss X2 in Japan. This is another good choice for camera trapping. It has a APS-C sensor listed at 12.2 megapixels. Choice of lenses is excellent. The kit lens was an 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 II EF-S mount. Canon DIGIC III processor. Memory is SD or SDHC. This camera has an excellent sleep mode. It is very quick to wake up. Battery life for a stock battery is two to three weeks depending on temperature and number of shutter activations. Shutter control is a 2.5mm three pin female. It is a common stereo connector.

Rebel T1i
Also called EOS 500D or EOS Kiss X3 in Japan. This is another good choice for camera trapping. It has a APS-C sensor listed at 15.1 megapixels. Choice of lenses is excellent. The kit lens was an 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 II EF-S mount. Canon DIGIC 4 processor. Memory is SD or SDHC. This camera has an excellent sleep mode. It is very quick to wake up. Battery life for a stock battery is two to three weeks depending on temperature and number of shutter activations. Shutter control is a 2.5mm three pin female. It is a common stereo connector.

Rebel T2i
Also called EOS 550D or EOS Kiss X4 in Japan. This is another good choice for camera trapping. It has a APS-C sensor listed at 17.9 megapixels. Choice of lenses is excellent. The kit lens was an 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 II EF-S mount. Canon DIGIC 4 processor. Memory is SD or SDHC. This camera has an excellent sleep mode. It is very quick to wake up. Battery life for a stock battery is two to three weeks depending on temperature and number of shutter activations. Shutter control is a 2.5mm three pin female. It is a common stereo connector.

Rebel T3i
Also called EOS 600D or EOS Kiss X5 in Japan. This is another good choice for camera trapping. It has a APS-C sensor listed at 14.9 megapixels. Choice of lenses is excellent. The kit lens was an 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 II EF-S mount. Canon DIGIC 4 processor. Memory is SD or SDHC. This camera has an excellent sleep mode. It is very quick to wake up. Battery life for a stock battery is two to three weeks depending on temperature and number of shutter activations. Shutter control is a 2.5mm three pin female. It is a common stereo connector.

Rebel T4i
Also called EOS 650D or EOS Kiss X6i in Japan. This is another good choice for camera trapping. It has a APS-C sensor listed at 18.0 megapixels. Choice of lenses is excellent. The kit lens was an 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 II EF-S mount. Canon DIGIC 5 processor. Memory is SD or SDHC. This camera has an excellent sleep mode. It is very quick to wake up. Battery life for a stock battery is two to three weeks depending on temperature and number of shutter activations. Shutter control is a 2.5mm three pin female. It is a common stereo connector.

Rebel SL1
Also called EOS 100D or EOS Kiss X7 in Japan. This is another good choice for camera trapping. It has a APS-C sensor listed at 18.0 megapixels. Choice of lenses is excellent. The kit lens was an 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 II EF-S mount. Canon DIGIC 5 processor. Memory is SD or SDHC. This camera has an excellent sleep mode. It is very quick to wake up. Battery life for a stock battery is two to three weeks depending on temperature and number of shutter activations. Shutter control is a 2.5mm three pin female. It is a common stereo connector. I had this camera behind the house for a couple months. See the Camtrapper thread here: viewtopic.php?f=113&t=8038

All the Rebel camera use the same remote shutter connector. The three pins are ground, metering and shutter. With the Rebel series you can just run the shutter pin to ground and the camera will take a picture. I like to set up the controller to apply a ground to the metering pin for about 250ms before activation the shutter. This gives the camera a chance to wake up and if you are using a flash it has a chance to come out of the standby mode.

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5D Mark II
The 5D works well for a camera trap. It has a full frame sensor and a good selection of EF lenses. The full frame sensor is listed at 21.1 megapixels and uses a DIGIC 4 processor. Memory is handled by a single type 1 or type 2 compact flash card. It has a good sleep mode although the battery life is not as good as the Rebel series. The remote shutter connector is a proprietary Canon 3 pin or N3 connector.

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Do we add input in posts?

Xti: Only issue with this cam is it's getting old and it's rated for 50k shutter clicks, so many that are out there are going to be at the end of their lifespan--one of mine had the shutter go out a few clicks after the only cougar shot I've ever gotten.

Xsi/T1i: these cameras don't play well with fast, high capacity sd cards. I would not recommend these for camera trapping if you are doing long sets or anticipate getting >500 shots in a set.

T2i vs. T3i: the T2i is actually slightly narrower in size, for me this lets me squeeze it into a 6x6x4" junction box for a housing, as long as I have a low profile jack for the shutter release.

50D/7D: these cameras are substantially larger than the rebels. The height in particular makes them require a substantially larger housing. The advertised flash sync. speed is 1/250s on the X0D or 7D cameras, while it's 1/200s on the Rebels. However, I've found the Rebels sync fine at 1/250s. The advanced autofocus and higher frame rate in the X0D/7D may not be that helpful for most camera trappers.

Nikon D3200: Haven't taken it for a spin yet, but noticing it has weak support for tethered shooting compared to other cameras. Also the proprietary shutter release plug is quite bulky, so you can't take advantage of the camera's small size when housing it (need ~1.5" extra on the side to fit the plug). For example, it won't fit in a vertically oriented Pelican 1150, at least with the plug that I got. Gotta be the best sensor for the money though...

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JonnyA wrote:
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It would almost be easier if we had a thread for each camera model. Let's see what the boss wants to do.

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Good stuff there Jeff…it's been needed…don't forget the Sony DSLRs as they are plug and play too..!!

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I use canon 40D on my 4 trap and a canon 400D, the Canon 40D is relatively cheap on Ebay


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