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PixController Universal Camera Controller Board 
RSP3i and RSP4i Wiring Methods for Digital Cameras

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

Introduction

The PixController Universal board supports "hardwired" cameras (digital and 35mm). A list of supported cameras and PIC control chips can be found by clicking here. "Hardwired" means you have to modify the camera in order the be remote controlled by the PixController Universal board. This is not a hard process to do in most cases, and we include step-by-step examples on how to do this. 

The RSP3i and RSP4i wiring methods are similar to the RSP method, but this method uses the internal batteries of the camera, and not an external battery supply. The term RSP3i means the "RSP" method with 3 wire internally wired battery, and RPS4i means the "RSP" method with 4 wire internally wired battery.

Caution! Please keep in mind that if you modify a camera for use with the PixController Universal board, or any other PixController board we are not responsible for any damage to your camera. This can be a delicate process, and if you do not have any experience in working with small electronic devices, and you are not comfortable with soldering please get some help when taking on a project like this. In most cases you will also void the warranty of your camera. If you do not feel comfortable modifying a digital camera we suggest you look at our RS-232 Universal controller, which will no require you to modify the camera.

RSP3i & RSP4i Hardwire Methods

RSP3i and RSP4i Method
"Lens Cover Slide - Power On/Off" - The below shown digital camera is the popular Olympus D-380 digital camera. This is a good example of a "Lens Cover Slide Power On/Off" digital camera. To turn the camera on/off you open/close the lens cover slide. The PixController Universal will simulate this action when you wire to the appropriate contacts inside the camera. If you have a camera that is not on our list then please choose the RSP3i-U or RSP4i-U PIC chip. This PIC chip is basically a generic control chip for this type of digital camera.

With this method you will wire the Lens Cover Slide switch (power on/off), shutter, refresh (auto focus), common or camera ground to the PixController Universal board. The phone style connector on the Universal board has all of these contacts. 

The RSP4i method can be a faster method to trigger the camera upon a PIR event. It will put the camera into a more ready state to shutter a photo, but the disadvantages are that it requires 4 wires and not 3.

RSP3i wiring
Wire only Shutter, Power On/Off, and Common/Ground

RSP4i wiring
Wire Shutter, Refresh, Power On/Off, and Common/Ground


RSP3i and RSP4i method connected to the Universal boards Camera Port



RSP3i and RSP4i method connected to the Universal boards Phone Jack Port


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