Mini Spy Camera with Trigger for Photo or Video

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the random rocketer

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May 30, 2013
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Adafruit PRODUCT ID: 320

This Mini Spy Camera is smaller than a thumbnail with a high enough resolution to see people, or ghosts, or whatever it is you're looking for. It's fairly high resolution (720p video and 1280p photo) module, with a driver board that is about 1 square inch in size, with a microSD card holder. The image module is about the size of a cell phone camera - the body being just 6.2mm x 6.2mm - and has a stick-on back so it's easy to mount in a doorbell or behind a teddy bear's eye (might as well be creative). There's a power LED and an 'activity' LED that lets you know what its doing.

We don't have a real datasheet, we think these are just 'guts' of some low cost keychain camera. However, it's not too hard to use. Connect the red wire to 3.7V-5VDC and the black wire to ground. Then use the white wire to control the camera. When touched to ground for under half a second, the camera will take a photo and stick it in a PHOTO folder on the SD card, numbered from PIC000.jpg up to PIC999.jpg. The red LED will blink briefly. When the trigger wire is touched for over a half second, it will start taking a video clip with audio from the mini microphone. The LED will stay on during the entire recording. Touch it again for half a second+ to stop.

Just noticed this on adafruit and thought that maybe this will work for some of us instead of the 808 cameras a lot of us use.


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Just checked that one out - very sweet! At $12.50 each, and give that it is electronically triggered, Ican think of several uses for it. In addition to rocketry (I still wanna clone the Camroc and Cineroc with digital cameras inside), I also plan to take two of them, 3d print a mount for both, and make a digital stereo camera for a bit over $25! Now we just gotta wait for them to come back into stock.