Point ans Shoor SDK

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  1. Stephen.britz

    Stephen.britz New Member

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    I hope you can point me in the right direction. I have talked to just
    about every major digital camera manufacture and have not come up with a solution to my problem. Canon was where I started because up until now, they actually had a solution I could use. Please let me explain
    what I am trying to do in general terms:

    I work for a very large retail company that visualize a product on a
    computer. This product is flat, and comes in many different sizes. The
    customer would bring this product in and place on a worktop area. A
    camera, or video capture device, would be mounted above the worktop
    about 8' from the ground (So it is impossible for the employee to
    manipulate the device). The employee would go a computer, and through
    the computer be able to zoom, adjust the lighting, focus, capture and
    save the image of the product. Once taken, the employee would make
    changes to display a final form of the end product.

    Canon had a SDK that worked on their S5is model, which would have been perfect. However, they are "end-of-life"ing this camera, and the
    decision from Japan is the SDK will no longer work in Point and Shoot
    camera's in the future. A regular SLR won't work for us, as I can't
    control the zoom, and the cost would be to great (we are talking about
    2,000 image capture devices in total). The resolution would have to be
    greater than a web camera, camcorder or security camera would
    currently allow, so a digital camera is ideal. The specifications for
    a camera would be as follows, I think:

    At least 6 MP

    A/C Adaptor

    Point and Click type camera

    Tethered to a PC through USB or Firewire

    Zoom-able

    Adjustable White Balance

    Shutter release

    Image transfer

    And of course, affordable (under $500 per device)

    Do you have any ideas for me? If you need more information I would
    more than glad to discuss with you.

    Thank You for your time,

    Stephen Britz
     
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    usapatriot Well-Known Member

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    Your requirements are definitely difficult ones, I don't have a solution to your question other than what you have already stated.

    The only thing that I can think of would be a DSLR camera with some sort of remote zoom mechanism attached to the lens. I know it's available in the video camera world but not in the still camera world. Very few non DSLR cameras offer any kind of remote shooting and their usability is very limited as most can only be used as external web cameras.

    I know a web cam is not an ideal solution but this web cam offers a high still picture capture resolution.

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    Re: Point ans Shoot SDK

    Thanks, I'll look into that. I do worry about "fuzzy"-ness and color rendering with this type of device.

    Steve
     
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    Stephen,

    I have a Sony tripod (I'm at work and don't have access to the model number) that can control the zoom and shutter release of some Sony cameras that have an auxiliary port on them. Hope this gives you another option.
     
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    Well here is that tripod:

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    That tripod is discontinued, although you may still be able to find one and it's only compatible with a few older Sony camera's which may be hard to find.

    Sony has a couple newer remote control tripods but they are only compatible with their video cameras.
     
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