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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 7:15 pm 
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OK camtrappers, lets get the show on the road...Heres where you can propose what still camera you feel would make the next great home brew trail camera. State your case by providing the following information about your camera choice:

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and why you think it might be a good candidate

We'll start with still cams, and open up a separate thread for video units shortly.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:57 pm 
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Panasonic Lx series... The Lx3 is getting a little older and cheaper, but the Lx5 is starting to drop in price(about 170$ ave used - 250 to 300$ new) and the Lx7 is even better but prob'ly to expensive. Anyway I propose we look at the Lx5 for the next research camera...it looks like the hack will be fairly easy/simple(similiar to the other pannys we've done) and the features of these cameras are right in the middle between point and shoot and dslr...the pics are phenominal from what I have seen in the reviews and though a little larger than point and shoots and needing a larger snorkel they should still fit into a Pelican 1060 or Otter 3250 along with a slave - though I don't think they will necessarily require a slave. They have a pop up flash but can still be set to auto flash so it they will not be using it all day when unnecessary. The Lx series also support shooting in RAW format. Here is a link to Digital Photography Reviews group test of the Lx5: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/q42010h ... pactgroup/ once there you can find more comparison/tests shots of the cameras in the dropdown menu - this is the Lx5 performance: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/q42010h ... actgroup/8 ...notice the flash range is rated out to 7 meters(lx3 says 8m) also notice it says a 1.4 sec startup so decent speed.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:27 pm 
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I've been looking at this camera for a while now. Very durable, plus fast boot-up performance coupled with a fixed lens. Not happy about the flash placement for build purposes, but an internal baby slave may do the trick.

Seem to be variable on price, but did see an auction go for $140. Does this camera offer anything more than what we already have? Not sure, but thought I'd throw it out there as a candidate.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:39 pm 
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Found another review(seemed to also be a good in depth test) that claims the Lx5 is 2.8 seconds from startup to first pic...so maybe not a speed demon and I am not sure but guess you could fiddle with settings to achieve what Dpreview did when they claimed 1.4 secs.

Yours looks like a promising candidate for sure Paul...different direction in application than what I proposed, but I do like the fixed lens.

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Thanks guys!

I like the idea of the LX5, something in it's class anyway...did some reading etc on it and found a few video reviews. Seesm pretty decent for sure.

I had a good chuckle at this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqqogOb73wc :rofll

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:45 am 
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We'll maybe leave the suggestion thread open for a few more weeks, then start voting...So do your research and get your camera suggestions in!

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Alright, I'll throw something out there. How about this: http://downloads.element14.com/raspberry-pi-camera/

A little more on the camera module: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/201 ... a-released

It is not out yet, but is coming soon.

If you don't know what Rasberry Pi is: http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs

Seems to me, there would be lots of potential here for a teeny, tiny, 5 mp trail camera, with HD video. :tinkin

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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 10:05 pm 
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The raspberry pi sounds mighty interesting. I think a strong case can be made for a very small camera like this -- less detectable, easy to transport, etc. Not a conventional camera either, but with additional possibilities. I'm ready for a piece of raspberry pi right now.


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I second the Codger's comments. Small will be good for areas with lot's of human traffic too where the cams are tiny and can really be camouflaged to blend in with the surroundings. Should be able to fit in a 1010 or a Otter 1000 with batteries for sure...! Thanks to Willy for the URLs and info...

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