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Motion detector cams?

 
kat.hayes
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Oct 01, 2012 08:09 |  #1

I want to get pictures of some mountain lions, bobcats and other creatures that are hanging out in my backyard in the middle of the night.

1 can anyone recommend some water proof motion detector wireless cam for this purpose?

2. I have a bunch of old point and shoot cams. Anyone have any advice on how I might be able to use these? Just looking for any suggestions if you can think of some.

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Oct 01, 2012 13:11 |  #2

What kind of quality are you looking for? Spending limit?


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Oct 01, 2012 17:43 |  #3

I would like good quality, though I think I would like to spend around $200 to see what shows up before spending much more on a cam. Also, I might want to buy a few of them to put in different spots, so probably about $200 or less.

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mike21951
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Oct 02, 2012 06:14 |  #4

You might try a surveillance camera system. Logitech has a system which could work. I use it for the house. It is on all the time but records any detected motion (video but you can extract still frames). $299 for system with one camera and $200 each for add on cameras. It uses your homes electrical wiring as a network so no cables to run. HD but not dslr quality. Here's a link: http://www.logitech.co​m …ty-systems/master-systems (external link)

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Oct 05, 2012 01:03 |  #5

+1 for Mikes suggestion.

You'll want the 750e outdoor system. I have 4. They cost a tad bit more and run on a windows PC. The night vision is pretty good for animals that will come a stand around a bit but anything moving is a blur.

As Mike said, you plug it into your home outlets and video / sound comes through you home wiring, then you'll need and outlet at your PC to plug another box into, then that plugs into a router for its trip online and your PC.

You can view from any PC on the web via website Logitech has. If you needed it a ways out from your home you could run a drop cord. My house is 40+ years old, so I ran a dedicated 110v line.

As for taking photo's its not that great. Just for watching them and recording for watching later, you can't beat it for the price. It will send you text alerts, play desktop alerts, send photos and can be viewed on most smart phones if you have Internet access. The built in mic is great. Every night I come home and put on headphones and have the camera's on a second monitor. I can hear cats walking by and all sorts of crazy things in the woods I sometimes never see.

Your point n shoot would work if they can be fired remotely. I set up the camera outside with flash. Watch with the Logitech and when something gets where it needs to be, I fire the camera with a remote. But this is getting pricey.

The low cost way to get photos of wildlife at night is a trail camera. Here is a cheep one, the price goes up from here.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …65328&Q=&is=REG​&A=details (external link)

Set it and forget it. Go swap the memory card the next day and see what you got. This, even a better one fits your budget.




  
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Oct 05, 2012 01:13 as a reply to  @ Hardrock40's post |  #6

What p&s's do you have? can any of them run CHDK? I would find a used G9 and run CHDK on it... motion detection works very good and has a ton of parameters you can change as far as sensitivity and delay.




  
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Oct 11, 2012 12:33 |  #7

Message me if you are still looking to use point and shoots to make your own. I don't want to post links to other forums without permission but there are outdoor forums that specialize in exactly what you are wanting to do and I have a few myself.


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