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2001\07\19@035046 by mike oneil

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Has anyone managed to control a digital camara (Kodak DC280 in
particular) with a PIC? I've been unable to find information on the
serial port (rs232 not usb) of the Kodak, the type of commands available
and their format. My idea is to make a controller that can wake the
camera up from standby, take a photo then shutdown the camara until the
next shot. The shots would be timed at say 2 or 3 per day over a period
of a couple of weeks.
If anyone has any pointers to Kodak DC280 interface information I'd be
gratefull.
Thanks,
Mike O'Neil

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2001\07\19@043838 by Paunonen Tommi

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On Thu, 19 Jul 2001, mike oneil wrote:

> Has anyone managed to control a digital camara (Kodak DC280 in
> particular) with a PIC? I've been unable to find information on the
> serial port (rs232 not usb) of the Kodak, the type of commands available
> and their format. My idea is to make a controller that can wake the
> camera up from standby, take a photo then shutdown the camara until the
> next shot. The shots would be timed at say 2 or 3 per day over a period
> of a couple of weeks.
> If anyone has any pointers to Kodak DC280 interface information I'd be
> gratefull.
> Thanks,
> Mike O'Neil

Maybe "Digital Cameras on Fujitsu chipset"...

http://www.average.org/digicam/

I don't know if Kodak is using Fujitsu chipset (Kodak was not listed in
combatible cameras section), but maybe this helps someone.


And on the same page there is url for Kodak dc20 - maybe the right for
you...

http://www.planet-interkom.de/oliver.hartmann/dc20secr.htm


Has anybody made a remote shutter release for Nikon, maybe IR-remote
release (I am still trying to find spare time to make one).


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2001\07\19@053425 by steve

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> If anyone has any pointers to
> Kodak DC280 interface information I'd be gratefull.

It's on the Kodak website. IIRC, you have to join the developers
program which is simply filling out the form and waiting for the junk
mail to start coming.
It's a nice, straight forward protocol that looks like the embedded
guys came up with it rather than the PC folks.

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2001\07\19@054053 by mike

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On Thu, 19 Jul 2001 09:48:01 +0200, you wrote:

>Has anyone managed to control a digital camara (Kodak DC280 in
>particular) with a PIC? I've been unable to find information on the
>serial port (rs232 not usb) of the Kodak, the type of commands available
>and their format. My idea is to make a controller that can wake the
>camera up from standby, take a photo then shutdown the camara until the
>next shot. The shots would be timed at say 2 or 3 per day over a period
>of a couple of weeks.
>If anyone has any pointers to Kodak DC280 interface information I'd be
>gratefull.
>Thanks,
>Mike O'Neil
Kodak is about the only DC maker that DOES document their interfaces -
you have to register as a developer to get the info, but last time I
looked it's free to do this (they even sent me a T Shirt!). Look for DRG (Developer Resource Group ? ) - I think Kodak's DC
division has a seperate website from the rest of Kodak.

I don't know if it would be possible to wake the camera from standby
via the serial port.

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2001\07\19@114749 by Linux HA
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mike oneil wrote:

> Has anyone managed to control a digital camara (Kodak DC280 in
> particular) with a PIC? I've been unable to find information on the
> serial port (rs232 not usb) of the Kodak, the type of commands available
> and their format. My idea is to make a controller that can wake the
> camera up from standby, take a photo then shutdown the camara until the
> next shot. The shots would be timed at say 2 or 3 per day over a period
> of a couple of weeks.
> If anyone has any pointers to Kodak DC280 interface information I'd be
> gratefull.
> Thanks,
> Mike O'Neil


It's an Olympus camera (best I could do):

http://www.edcheung.com/awards/pic2k/c0700cw1.htm

See the base address and search around for further info.

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2001\07\19@165626 by Ian Hynes

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> mike oneil wrote:
>
> > Has anyone managed to control a digital camara (Kodak DC280 in
> > particular) with a PIC? I've been unable to find information on the
> > serial port (rs232 not usb) of the Kodak, the type of commands available
> > and their format. My idea is to make a controller that can wake the
> > camera up from standby, take a photo then shutdown the camara until the
> > next shot. The shots would be timed at say 2 or 3 per day over a period
> > of a couple of weeks.
> > If anyone has any pointers to Kodak DC280 interface information I'd be
> > gratefull.
> > Thanks,
> > Mike O'Neil
>
Hey Mike,
I think there's some digital cam info - kodak + others - at :-

http://www.average.org/digicam/
www.lightner.net/lightner/bruce/photopc/ppc_use.html
www.planet-interkom.de/oliver.hartmann/dc20secr.htm
http://techref.massmind.org/cameras.htm

Hartmann's page is pretty good. I've been thinking about doing a
project like that - DC50+pic+LCD readout. Haven't done anything so far
- any ideas would be most appreciated, though.
Ian.

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2001\07\20@055721 by Jason Harper

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mike oneil <Michael.O'RemoveMENeilTakeThisOuTspamCERN.CH> wrote:

> Has anyone managed to control a digital camara (Kodak DC280 in
> particular) with a PIC? I've been unable to find information on the
> serial port (rs232 not usb) of the Kodak, the type of commands available
> and their format.

You've been given some good info specific to your camera, but I'd like to
point out a good general source for digital camera protocol info: the
source code of gPhoto (http://www.gphoto.org), a digital camera utility for
Linux which supports hundreds of cameras.  This may not be appropriate for
all projects, as gPhoto is under the GPL and I have no idea what the
implications are of having GPL'ed code embedded in a hardware device.
       Jason Harper

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2001\07\20@141543 by miked

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I've done some basic stuff with the DC50 using both PIC and Basic STAMP.
I got the developers docs.
The DC20-120 all basiclly use the same commands. The DC20/25 use
8bitEP. The rest are 8bitNP. I think the DC240/80 use similar commands.
The 220/26x/290 use digital scripting instead. Newer stuff is USB only.
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2001\07\23@035913 by mike oneil

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> > If anyone has any pointers to Kodak DC280 interface information I'd be
> > gratefull.
> > Thanks,
> > Mike O'Neil
>

Thank's to all who responded to my request!

The full protocol (for the DC280 and other Kodaks) is downloadable from
Kodak after joining the developers program.
It doesn't seem too complicated, although there does not seem to be any
way of waking the camera up from the 'off' state other than manualy
switching on. There is however a 'sleep' mode which I'll need to test
for current consumption.

Mike

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2001\07\24@134135 by miked

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Don't know about the DC280, but on the DC40-120 when you send a
command in sleep mode they wake up and respond with data that indicates
that is was woke up and you must resend data. I just used the watchdog to
periodically send a command to keep the DC50 awake. I also set it to
maximum time till sleep(4 min) in the init routine.
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