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This is one more project in the long list of projects that may not actually meet a need but was fun to build.

The "requirement" that this solution meets is to provide a wireless Point of View camera that can be used to photograph dioramas, model railroad layouts, or for Line of Sight previews when playing a tabletop game such as Flames of War.

The solution is a 3D Printed case that encloses a Raspberry Pi Zero that is attached to a Pi Camera. The Pi Camera is in a mount that can slide up and down a track to match a PoV elevation. The Pi supports a wireless dongle that can either attach to a network or provide one of its own (Adhoc or Otherwise). Power is supplied by a portable mini charger.

There are examples of each possible usage above. The first photo is showing a PoV looking down an N-Scale Drawbridge, the second two are showing a picture being taken of a small diorama, and the third is a representation of what a Flames of War usage might entail.

Models are here.

Step 1: The Bits

See annotations on the image

Note on the camera.

By default the Pi Camera is fixed focus...but only by virtue of one little drop of glue. Removing that allows the camera to be focused to a much shorter focal length than default. You do risk ruining the camera so be careful! Here is a video instruction.

There is also a variable focus camera module available here but I have not tried one though I do have one on order. I am assuming that it will work and hoping that the board is the same form factor as the Pi Camera. If not I will include a mount for this camera in V2 of the models.

<p>I may actually have a need for that! If i can do the ible with a USB-Camera (i see no problem there) one could use it as long-range remote camera for archery:</p><p>Place it close to the target facing the taget with zoom (Needs a bit of distance like 1m for material safety) and access the stream with a tablet at the shooting line. I think the access can be done with VLC so an intentional delay can also be introduced...</p>
<p>Interesting idea. My one concern would be the power needed to drive the USB camera as they often require a hub and its power supply. You will want to research that carefully as my experience has been negative. Obviously if you do find one that works you have all the capabilities of the Raspberry at your beck and call. </p>
The Logitech B525 is powered easyly by the USB of the Raspi itself...

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