This instructable details how to remotely take a photo/video with a Canon camera using an Arduino, a remote control transmitter and receiver.
I have a quadcopter running arducopter 2.8.something. At the time of writing this instructable, remote shutter is not enabled. I read somewhere that they’re working on it for 2.9.
I can’t wait that long. A friend of mine (a research fellow at Monash University School of Geosciences) needs to take detailed photos of coastal rock platforms, and I already said I have the capabilities to do so, but I didn’t. Now I do.
Step 1: Equipment/Materials.
- A Canon camera. Any camera, but it must be a Canon, so we can hack it with CHDK
- Mini USB male connector. I cut the end of the chord for my old mp3 player.
- Arduino. I used a Pro Mini because I need it to be as light as possible, but any Arduino will do.
- Insulated electrical wire. I used pieces that have the female headers on them so they easily connect to the R/C receiver pins.
- Heat shrink
- Soldering iron + solder
- R/C Tx + Rx. I have an 8 channel Flysky 9x pair, but any set with a spare channel will work.