How can I wire buttons to cameras for art installation?

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How can I wire buttons to cameras for art installation?

Postby LucksFortune » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:53 pm

I'm building an art installation and part of the design is a big button that people can press to record their session in the booth. I'm planning on using small, cheap cameras, and the booth has wooden walls, so I can mount pretty much anything. It's very important that the only time the camera records is when someone presses the button (consent is sexy amirite?). Any suggestions/advice?

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Re: How can I wire buttons to cameras for art installation?

Postby BBadger » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:05 pm

You should figure out what cheap camera you intend on using first.

Then you can worry about taking it apart and wiring the shutter or record button to a larger external switch.

I'll add to that: for the button itself, you should probably purchase an arcade push-button (e.g. these or these). They're made for pressing in abusive environments and are easy to mount into panels.
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Re: How can I wire buttons to cameras for art installation?

Postby some seeing eye » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:14 pm

I would search for DIY video photo booth. One approach is to build the whole thing with Raspberry Pi parts. You can read a mechanical button with debounce code.
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Re: How can I wire buttons to cameras for art installation?

Postby LucksFortune » Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:46 pm

Oh wow thanks! That's super helpful! I never even considered a DIY photo booth and those buttons are a good call too. Looks like I get to teach myself some raspberry pi now :)

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Re: How can I wire buttons to cameras for art installation?

Postby PanMan » Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:43 pm

What do you want to make happen with the pic/video afterwards?
I have made a few installations that included a camera, but it mostly depends on what you want to do next.
If you "only" want to take and save the pics/video, its probably easiest (and best for image quality) to use a standalone camera and fake a remote control. There are simple arduino scripts that can fake a camera remote (over IR), and for many camera's you can also create a cable with a button to set it to record.
If you want to do more with the images, you either want to go with a raspberry, but they have less picture quality than a simple standalone cam (as they use cheap webcam sensors). Or you can control some camera's over USB from a computer or raspberry.
Send me a message if you have specific questions I can help with.


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