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Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 04 10:20 pm    Post subject: WEB cams  Reply with quote    

Has anyone had experience with one? I fancy experimenting, and possible publishing a 'project' with my experiences. Has anyone used one or got any tips. Please keep them clean.

mrutty



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 04 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yeah. Designed a CCTV system with one of the 700 ones that has built in webserver. Played with USB and serial. What are you looking at doing???

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 04 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just a cheap and simple chicken-cam. I have broadband and an old PC so all I need is a decent cheap cam.

mrutty



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 04 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=2817635664&action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=51682

Cheap, not bad, does the job. You may have to play around with a webserver if you want a connection out to some web pages, but that's not difficult. At the price easy to test on MSN and start to play.

jema
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 04 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not looked at web cams in a while but I recall hearing that slightely dearer ones have a different and far better type of sensor?

jema

mrutty



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 04 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Totally true, they also normally some with a built in Unix based webserver which can be directly NATed to the 'Net'. However you're looking at around 500 for the good stuff. To play with I would go cheap and cheerful until I knew what I really wanted and then upgrade.

Quality of image is going to be questionable at the high res end and refresh is likely to be slow. Focus will be manual and len will be cheap. But at 15 you can learn, take it apart and play, use it as a paper weight, etc

jema
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 04 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I thought there was a very happy medium, and you got a hell of a lot more at the 25-30 level?

jema

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 04 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Since he's planning - as far as I know - to put it in the chicken house - I think 15 is the way to go for now! If we can find a way to keep feathers out so it can be used in the future maybe I'll let him have up to 30 though.

Actually I rather like the idea of being able to keep an eye on my ladies from work.

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