filed under: digital cameras hacks
[Kusnick] is into using digital camera rigs for book scanning. The problem is that keeping the batteries charged is a pain, but there’s no external AC adapter jack which would allow him to use the mains. His solution was to build his own adapter to replace the batteries.
There are some fancy book scanning setups that allow you to just flip through the pages, but it’s much simpler to build a rig that uses two cameras. [Kusnick's] setup is the latter, which means he’s found two inexpensive cameras that don’t need to be mobile. The first attempt at making an adapter featured a block of acrylic with the positive and negative contacts connected to a shielded cord which he then hooked to an external supply. The camera would come on and then turn off citing that the cameras were “for use with compatible battery only”. Turns out there’s some type of verification circuit built into the proprietary batteries. But the solution to that came quite easily; remove the circuit board from the battery and insert it in the adapter to trick the camera.
[Thanks Daniel]tagged: ac, adapter, battery, book scanner
One might say that the solution is to have spare batteries. But practice has taught me that stopping the work to change one or both batteries is time consuming, due the necessity to remove the cameras from the rig and to set them up again.
Another thing to think about is the cost of spare batteries. In some cases a battery may cost almost the half price of the camera!
So I’m going to tell you about my experiences with two models of camera: the Olympus T100 and the Sony DSC-W320. I think that a similar trick is applicable to different cameras, what is important here is the principle involved, but each case must be carefully studied.
I started with two Sony DSC-W320 for bookscanning. After hundreds of pages I realized that I really need an external power supply… but without an external power connector, what to do? There wasn’t even a power supply available for this camera..
Well the obvious solution was to make one trying to match the cameras’ voltage and amperage needs. This is not a big deal to who is familiar with electronics (I’m just a weekend mad scientist). Anyway I’ll post the instructions to build a “stereo power supply” in a later post.
The real deal here is how to connect a cable inside the camera. The contacts are located deep inside; you can barely see them, much less connect the wires.
This is what a DSC-320 battery looks like.
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