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 Post subject: Sony RX0 Camera Trap
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:42 pm 
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Here is a trap built around the Sony RX0. The RX0 has been a popular trap camera since it's release last year. https://www.sony.com/electronics/cyber- ... 0-dsc-rx0g

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The housing is a Pelican 1120. Power to the camera and controller is provided by one NP-F850 rechargeable li-ion battery. This should be enough power to fill the 128gb micro SD card with video. The controller is connected to an internal PIR sensor and is configurable for video length, day only, night only, 24/7 operation and PIR sensitivity. The controller also has a wireless receiver to be used with TRLcam remote PIR or active IR motion sensors. Another feature of this controller is timelapse. The camera will capture images at a preset interval. The Interval is set by a row of switches and can be set from 30 seconds to 63.5 minutes in 30 second increments. (No smart phone or external computer required for setup.)

On the front of the housing are two external microphones connected to the RX0 provide audio. Also on the front is a clear window that contains the light sensor and a bright LED used when the controller is in the setup mode. The LED is triggered by the internal PIR sensor and used to set the sensitivity and determine the PIR detection area.

On the rear of the housing are four weatherproof connectors. Each connector has the same functions. Each can be used to trigger a external LED flood, a remote PIR sensor, a remote active IR sensor, a TRLcam long range remote to trigger the trap from a mile or more away.

Mounting is provided by a RAM Mount 1.5" ball connected to a 3/8" plate on the bottom of the housing.

I'll post some images and video in a week or so.

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 Post subject: Re: Sony RX0 Camera Trap
PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:36 pm 
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You make some great looking builds! I'm not familiar with the RX0 at all, are there benefits to using it VS something like a GoPro? Definitely like the external mics. Good sound quality adds so much more depth to the video.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:11 am 
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The first few generations of GoPro had a 30 pin bus connector on the rear of the housing that was used to connect an external battery, rear LCD monitor, etc. The bus connector also had pins for power on and start/stop video/stills. The Hero 4 was the last GoPro to have that connector. Although, with the 3+ Black they eliminated the remote start pin and the only usable pin was the remote on-off pin. So, a simple script had to be written and stored on the root of the micro SD card that tells the camera what to do when the power pin was pulled to ground. With the script you tell the camera to shoot one image and turn off or shoot two images and 30 seconds of video then shut down. With the script you can make it do whatever you want.

So, to use the later GoPro versions for remote operation you had to solder directly to the internal boards. The RX0 uses the Sony multi control port. Same as all the later generation Sony cameras. So, remote control is easy. Other advantages include a 3.5mm microphone jack, Multi jack, micro SD card and HDMI port all on the rear of the camera. Plus the RX0 has a 1" sensor. The same sensor as the RX100 series of Sony compact point and shoot cameras. The latest GoPro has an ISO range of 100-1600. The RX0 ISO range is 125-25600 due to the large sensor and pixel size. The RX0 lens made by Zeiss and is 35mm equivalent with no "fish eye" distortion common to action cameras.

But the price is also about double the GoPro.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:31 pm 
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The camera has been out for 45 hours and took 379 fifteen second videos (94.5 minutes), 132 jpg images and 132 raw images. About 44gb used on the card and the battery was down 20%.

All 379 videos were about the same.







The controller was set to take a picture every 20 minutes, 24/7. The dark images was taken at 11:41pm.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:03 pm 
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That was a great response, pictures and videos look great and audio sounds fantastic. You build a hell of a camera trap!


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Beautiful build. Do you have any night video clips taken at high ISO --that would be interesting to see since most of us haven;t seen that yet.


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No night videos. Not much bird traffic at night.

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One more video from this trap.


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One more video. A compilation of 15 second clips. 1080P at 60fps.


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