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Can I connect digital camera to laptop & see image on laptop

by cnetcamera / July 20, 2005 1:34 AM PDT

Does anyone know if it is possible to connect a digital camera to a laptop and see on the laptop what the camera is seeing, and then capture that image to the laptop.

I need to mount the camera on top of a 30 to 40 foot pole, see what the camera is seeing and capture a few shots. I then must move everything to several other locations to shoot a few more shots.

I am on a very limited budget and need to do this (if possible) inexpensively.

I presently have a laptop running Windows ME and an Olympus Camedia D-540 Zoom camera.
I am not overly computer literate or real camera knowledgeable.

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

Thank in advance Bill F.

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I'm not sure what your question is. Can YOUR camera be
by Kiddpeat / July 20, 2005 3:31 AM PDT

connected to your laptop, and be remotely controlled? I don't know, but I doubt it. You should check your manual.

Can A camera be connected to a computer, and be remotely controlled? Yes. I'm pretty sure the Canon 20D can do this, but it's been awhile since I played with that part of the software. There are also other cameras which can do this, but they're probably all on the expensive side.

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Our remote cameras.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 20, 2005 4:46 AM PDT

We have a few solutions.

1. Simple analog video cameras. You put one up on the pole and use something like those VIDEO SENDER UNITS to the laptop with it's video digitizer and capture the video or image there.

Cheap. Outside of the laptop, this starts out in the 200 buck range depending on your shopping acumen, locale and if you are capable of doing your own wiring, etc.

2. Next up, look at those nifty WIFI CAMERAs. A new panasonic has pan and tilt and is WIFI down to your laptop. Pretty snazzy.

Cheers.

Bob

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Remote Capture
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / July 20, 2005 10:20 AM PDT

This is usually referenced as ''Remote Capture''.

I don't know of any database that shows which cameras have this feature.

The camera has to have the capability and you also need software.

If you do a google search, you can find Remote Capture applications. And they are specific to certain model cameras.

Canon cameras are more likely to have Remote Capture, but finding which models are Remote Capture capable may be difficult.

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