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How would I make a timer for a camera that doesn't have one? Answered

So I can take a picture of myself without needing super stretchy arms.

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Re-design (author)2010-01-18

Here's a great article about building the timer.  It is setup for a camera that takes an external timer, release or intervaleometer.

You will have to figure out how to make a release work with your camera unless you want to open it up and tie into the switch contacts.

I personally would try a small solenoid attached above the shutter button and pressing on a spring that then pressed on the button.  It should press on the button for about a second to allow the camera to focus and take the picture.

You could do this with a servo or motor and gears but then you'll have to design a way for the circuit to reverse itself.

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Re-design (author)Re-design2010-01-18

Here's a good article that includes mounting a servo to press the button on a camera.

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Jayefuu (author)2010-01-18

What camera is it? Some will allow you to trigger the shutter, would mean you wouldn't need the servo.

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Kryptonite (author)Jayefuu2010-01-18

No it doesn't allow that, I already checked.

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