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PixController Universal Camera Controller Board 
Selecting a PIC Chip

Overview Specs Board Dimensions Motion Sensor Camera Port Phone Jack 2.5mm Port

 

What is a PIC Chip?

Answer: The "PIC Chip" is the heart of the Universal board. This is what controls the attached camera to the board. The PIC Chip has special "firmware", or software coded on the chip that will look for motion events from the PIR sensor and trigger your camera. You can think of the Universal board as being a small computer, and the PIC chip as being the processor and software. Anytime you wish to change cameras all you need to do is change PIC chips. Your Universal board can change as your needs do. To replace your PIC chip read this document: Replacing your PIC chip.


Which PIC Chip do I need?

Answer:
Selecting a PIC chip is an easy process. Just look at the chart below and find the camera you wish to connect, and then select the PIC chip option. If you have a camera we do not support please email us and we will see what we can do.

Note: All Universal PIC Chips will control the external light port (night time only). Try the new Video Light for night time digital camera movies!



PIC Chip selection chart

Camera

PIC Chip

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Olympus D-370, D-380
Canon OWL 35mm

Most 35mm cameras
PIC Chip Part Numbers
 RSS-U
 RSS_Fast-U
 RSP3i-U
 RSP4i-U


PIC Chip Settings Manuals
Direct RSS-U User Switch Settings
Direct RSS Fast-U User Switch Settings
Direct RSP3i-U & RSP4i-U User Switch Settings

Camera Modifications
Olympus D-370
/ D-380 (for RSS-U and RSS_Fast-U)
Olympus D-370/D-380 (on/off style) (for RSP3i-U and RSP4i-U)
How to modify the Canon Owl PF and BF 35 mm
How to modify the Olympus Infinity Jr. 35 mm Camera
How to modify the Samsung Maxima 33s 35 mm Camera 

The RSS-U and RSS_Fast-U PIC chips are for "stay-on" cameras like the Olympus D-370, D-380, and most 35mm cameras. A "refresh" pulse from the Universal board will keep the camera from going into an auto shut down mode. Controlling the digitals this way will use more camera battery life, but will allow for faster PIR event to camera shutter times. In most cases battery life for a D-380 will be 5-10 days depending on temperature and the number of photos taken.

The RSP3i and RSP4i PIC chips control the digital cameras in an on/off style. The camera will be kept powered down until a PIR event comes in. This is done by wiring the lens cover slide in a manner which requires you to open the cover slide almost all the way, but about 1/8" from full open in which the camera does not turn on. At this point the camera will be powered on, a photo will be shuttered, and then powered down by the PIC chip. This will extend battery life to the number of photos taken, which can be over a month in some cases. Note, this is for lens slide cover digital cameras only such as the Olympus D-380. The camera is wired to either the Universal camera port or phone port using the Shutter, Power On/Off, Ground/Common for the RSP3i, and the Shutter, Refresh, Power On/Off, Ground/Common for the RSP4i chip.

The advantage of the RSP3i chip is that you only need 3 wires to control the camera, but it will be a little slower than the RSP4i, which is a 4 wire connection to the camera.

Olympus D-390, D-395
Most "Lens Cover Slide" digital cameras.
PIC Chip Part Numbers
 RSP-U
 RSP_V2-U
 RSP3i-U
 RSP4i-U


PIC Chip Settings Manuals

Direct RSP-U User Switch Settings
Direct RSP-V2-U User Switch Settings
Direct RSP3i-U & RSP4i-U User Switch Settings

Camera Modifications
How to modify the Olympus D-390 (RSP3i-U or RSP4i-U)
How to modify the Olympus D-395
(RSP3i-U or RSP4i-U)
How to modify the Olympus D-580 (RSP3i-U or RSP4i-U)
How to modify the Olympus D-390
(RSP-U or RSP_V2-U)

The RSP-U and RSP_V2-U PIC chips work with most lens slide cover digital cameras by turning on and off an external power supply. This differs from the above mentioned RSP3i and RSP4i methods. Here the internal camera batteries are removed. The board will then "charge" the camera every so often to keep the settings. Although this does not require as much camera modifications we recommend using either the RSP3i or RSP4i method of modification.

Although the D-390 and D-395 are rather inexpensive digital cameras they are a little slower than other models and have a poor flash range.
Olympus D520, D560
PIC Chip Part Numbers
 RSS D-520/D-560-U

PIC Chip Settings Manuals
Direct RSS-U User Switch Settings

Camera Modifications
How to modify the Olympus D-520
The RSS D-520/D-560-U PIC chip is the same as the above mentioned RSS-U chip, but it allows more time for the zoom lens to extend when it begins to shutter a photo. This can add a lot of time between the PIR trigger and the time the photo is shuttered.
Sony DSC-P31, P32, P41, P51, P52, P72  PIC Chip Part Numbers
 Sony DSP-PXX-U
 

PIC Chip Settings Manuals

Sony DSC-P3XX-U, Minolta X20-U  User Switch Settings

Camera Modifications
How to modify the Sony DSC-P32
How to modify the Sony DSC-P41
The Sony DSC-PXX-U chip is used for the all of the following Sony DSC models: P31, P32, P41, P51, P52, P72. These digital camera models make excellent trail cameras. They are fast to start up and have a very good flash range.
Sony DSC-U10, U20, U30, U40 PIC Chip Part Numbers
 Sony DSP-U20/U30-U

PIC Chip Settings Manuals
Sony DSC-U20/U30 User DIP Switch Setting

Camera Modifications
How to modify the Sony DSC-U20/U30
The Sony DSP-U20/U30-U chip is used for the all of the following Sony DSC models: U10, U20, U30, U40. These are the smallest digital cameras we support at the moment. They do have very small solder contacts, so you must be skilled in soldering to try this modification. They flash range is lacking a bit, but the power up time is fast enough for good trail camera use.
Minolta DiMage X20
Most "Pulse On/Off" digital cameras.
PIC Chip Part Numbers
 Minolta-U

PIC Chip Settings Manuals

Sony DSC-P3XX-U, Minolta X20-U  User Switch Settings

Camera Modifications
How to modify the Minolta X20
The Minolta-U PIC chip is used for controlling the Minolta DiMage X20 digital camera, but the PIC chip is generic enough to control most digital cameras that have a "pulse on/off" type of switch.
RS-232 cameras such as the Olympus D-360L, D-340R, and many more!
Click here for a list
PIC Chip Part Numbers
 RS-232-U

PIC Chip Settings Manuals

RS-232-U User Switch Settings

(Plug-N-Play board, no camera modifications needed)
The RS-232-U PIC chip will control a vast number of the older style digital cameras. A few years ago quite a number of digital cameras were made with a RS-232 port for downloading photos. This has been replaced by the newer USB port, but a special feature of the RS-232 port was that it allowed camera control features today's USB control does not. The RS-232 PIC chip is a "plug-n-play" type controller. Simply plug in the included cable into your camera and you are ready to go. No camera modification is needed.

We recommend using the Olympus D-360L, which can be found on eBay for an inexpensive price. This digital has a fast start up time and a very good flash range. The included 2.5mm cable can be plugged into the camera without needing the serial cable by configuring the on-board 2.5mm port solder jumpers. 

For a complete list of supported RS-232 cameras click here.
Sony ACC Terminal
compatible cameras
Click here for a list
PIC Chip Part Numbers
 ACC-Terminal-U

PIC Chip Settings Manuals

ACC-Terminal-U User Switch Settings

(Plug-N-Play board, no camera modifications needed)
The ACC-Terminal-U PIC chip will control any Sony digital camera with an ACC Terminal port. TheACC Terminal port was developed by Sony as a remote shutter port, and it has the commands to power up/down the camera, and shutter a photo. The Universal board with this PIC chip will send these command to your camcorder when a PIR event comes in.

The included 2.5mm cable can be plugged into the camcorder  by configuring the on-board 2.5mm port solder jumpers. 

For more information on ACC Terminal cameras and a list of cameras click here.
Sony and Canon LANC compatible Camcorders
Click here for a list
PIC Chip Part Numbers
 LANC-U

PIC Chip Settings Manuals

LANC-U User Switch Settings

(Plug-N-Play board, no camcorder modifications needed)
The LANC-U PIC chip will control any Sony or Canon camcorder with a LANC port. The LANC port was developed by Sony as an editing port, and it has the commands to power up/down the camcorder, and start/stop recording. The Universal board with this PIC chip will send these command to your camcorder when a PIR event comes in.

The included 2.5mm cable can be plugged into the camcorder  by configuring the on-board 2.5mm port solder jumpers. 

For more information on LANC and a list of camcorders click here.

eBay is a good source to find used LANC compatible cameras. A good Hi8mm can be found for under $150.











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