Using computer monitor to view picture

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Eric J. Comeau, Dec 3, 2003.

  1. I have an Intel videocam for my computer. This camera can be used as a very
    low end digital camera in the field. One feature that it has, I can view
    the picture to be taken on the monitor and click with the mouse on a button
    to take the picture or press the button on the camera.

    Is there any real digital camera out there on the market that I can use like
    that. I want to take some closeup and seeing them on the monitor would make
    things easier. Is this something I have to look for in the cameras or the
    software.

    Thanks
    Eric
     
    Eric J. Comeau, Dec 3, 2003
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    Paul Heslop Guest

    Eric, all digital cameras upload to your pc. From the sound of it you will be
    pleasantly surprised. Most cams nowadays use usb to upload the images to your
    computer to view, alter or simply to store/print out. Some also have a lead
    which allows you to show images on your tv or save them to video tape and some
    can also be used as a webcam... there's just too much to explain everything
    here... and you can spend between the amount you would normally spend for a web
    camera up to the price of a small car... oh yeah, many have the ability to make
    video clips too, some even with sound.
     
    Paul Heslop, Dec 3, 2003
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  3. Is there any real digital camera out there on the market that I can use like
    I know that Canon's old PowerShot A40 came with software that allowed
    the user to control the camera over a USB connection. Their A80 comes
    with the same software, so I'm pretty sure most of their digital
    cameras do as well.

    If all you want to do is upload pics to your computer, than you can do
    that with any digital camera on the market. Buf for direct control, I
    think Canons are the way to go.
     
    Paul Fedorenko, Dec 3, 2003
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    Paul Heslop Guest

    Excellent point... not that I have the foggiest what you're talking about :O)
     
    Paul Heslop, Dec 3, 2003
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    Ray Murphy Guest

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    RM: I've got a low end digital camera here - the Vivitar 3555T. It can
    be used as a webcam if you flick the button on the front, and it then
    produces low grade webcam (moving) images at 320 x 240.
    It can be used to take stills from the PC, but they are in the low-res
    webcam mode, but it ~could~ be used quite easily to take the higher
    quality digital pics by simply holding the camera firm and flicking
    the switch to "camera mode" and it would take pics from the identical
    position in up to 1200 x 1600.

    I would imagine that it would be just as easy to do with any digital
    camera which can be also used as a webcam.

    I suppose ideally it would be nice to have a heavy metal base upon
    which to place the camera for stability so you could rig up micrometer
    control for the movement [with a few thumbscrews].

    Ray
     
    Ray Murphy, Dec 3, 2003
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    Ray Murphy Guest

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    RM: How does that work - is the camera physically moved on a base, or
    is the lens bing moved?

    In any case it sounds like someone needs to invent a base for digital
    cameras so that the low voltage in the USB cable can control a
    stepping-motor to give absolute control.

    The motors could be run on battery power and the relays could be
    operated by miniscule voltage from the USB cable.

    Ray
     
    Ray Murphy, Dec 3, 2003
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    Ray Murphy Guest

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    RM: Interesting. I thought those features would only exist on
    dedicated video cameras.
    RM: I didn't know you could buy such things yet. That's great.
    RM: Come to think of it, a quick turn of a couple of thumb screws
    would be easier anyway :))

    Ray
     
    Ray Murphy, Dec 4, 2003
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