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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:15 am 
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Hi all, ok i read through a lot of this site and a couple of others asked a few questions on the other sites and didn't really get any help, probably just more confused. So as this is the help sub forum i am hoping to get some help as to where to start. I want to build a cam that will take day and night colour images, everything contained within the case. I would appreciate any help thank you Shane.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:05 am 
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This would be a good place to start.http://www.trailcamkits.com IMO..the easiest way to start and learn...with lots of expert help and advise from JDH


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:06 pm 
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In some ways the Sony P32 or P31 cameras are the easiest to hack, using a shutter assembly from Snapshot Sniper. Neither one would need a snorkel and both take AA batteries (rechargable would be best); unfortunately, both require Sony memory cards that are fairly expensive. Nikon L11s take a better photograph and also use AA batteries -- and use SD cards. The hack is pretty easy for a newcomer and the cameras are inexpensive so if you make a mistake you've not lost much.

Watch the videos posted on YouTube by Charles Garrett (Buckshot 164) to for the hacks on those and other cameras. The L11 has an extending lens, so you'd need a snorkel to accommodate that (Buckshot has a video on installing a snorkel). There are a number of folks who will hack the camera for you if you don't feel comfortable doing that yourself.

I really like the Bigfoot control boards, but also have SS II and RCDavis' boards -- they have different features and are different sizes -- to some degree it's just personal preference too. Most of my builds are in Pelican 1040 cases; but again it's somewhat dependent on the size of the control board and how many external batteries you want/need.

You might also take a look these videos on diytrailcams.com -- http://www.diytrailcams.com/post/trailc ... 1273223912 and http://www.diytrailcams.com/post/otterb ... 1276200332. And a warning, once you've built one camera you'll want to build more.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 6:26 pm 
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zaj56 wrote:
This would be a good place to start.http://www.trailcamkits.com IMO..the easiest way to start and learn...with lots of expert help and advise from JDH

That would be my choice.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:13 pm 
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Well thanks very much all 3 of you much appreciated this is exactly what I have been after. I shall keep you updated once I get started. Again thanks.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:31 pm 
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Ok quick question, before I go out and buy one of the 3 above mentioned cameras. I have a Sony P700 in my desk drawer can I use this and is there a hack available for it and if so does somone have a link to the hack please?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:52 pm 
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Let me add a bit more to my previous reply...............

Personally, I think that John's kit cams are the way to go for your first build. Everything is supplied that you will need to complete your first build. Talk to John about what cam he would suggest, he has built and used many different cams over the years. Going the kit way helps you to understand what parts are for what and where they go in the build. The case (waterproof housing that everything goes inside) comes pre-drilled which saves you time and money and eliminates the likelihood of human error in drilling.

After the first build, if you think that this hobby is something that you would like to really get into. Then you can start to invest in tools and various parts and build your first homebrew game camera from scratch.

Two other members on this forum, Ralph Davis at http://rcdavisgamecamerasolutions.weebly.com/
and Gary Kohout at http://www.snapshotsniper.com/
Are two great guys that are suppliers of everything thing else that you will need to continue in this hobby.

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buckhuntertrailcam wrote:
Ok quick question, before I go out and buy one of the 3 above mentioned cameras. I have a Sony P700 in my desk drawer can I use this and is there a hack available for it and if so does somone have a link to the hack please?

John's kits are limited to only a few more commonly used cameras. Such as the Sony P41, S40, S600 and etc. You can contact John or Ralph and maybe they can help you with this hack. I know that Ralph does a lot of tutorials of camera hacks but I'm not sure about that particular camera.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:51 pm 
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Let me add a bit more to my previous reply...............

Personally, I think that John's kit cams are the way to go for your first build. Everything is supplied that you will need to complete your first build. Talk to John about what cam he would suggest, he has built and used many different cams over the years. Going the kit way helps you to understand what parts are for what and where they go in the build. The case (waterproof housing that everything goes inside) comes pre-drilled which saves you time and money and eliminates the likelihood of human error in drilling.

After the first build, if you think that this hobby is something that you would like to really get into. Then you can start to invest in tools and various parts and build your first homebrew game camera from scratch.

Two other members on this forum, Ralph Davis at http://rcdavisgamecamerasolutions.weebly.com/
and Gary Kohout at http://www.snapshotsniper.com/
Are two great guys that are suppliers of everything thing else that you will need to continue in this hobby.

Great info along with Woodys great info also! The only thing I might add is that if you decide not to use the kit...I recommend you use a clear case. This makes it alot easier to mark and drill your holes more accurately. After your holes are drilled you would paint both inside and outside of the case. Please feel free to ask (or pm) any questions you have. There are alot of us who enjoy enabling others to the homebrew addiction....lol


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:13 am 
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Again thanks all for the replies they have helped immensely. I am currently madly watching UTUBE gleaning as much as I can cram in lol.


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