OTTO, the Customizable, Open Source, DIY Camera

OTTO - The Customizable, Open Source, DIY CameraEver wonder what goes into making a modern digital camera? Check out the OTTO, an open source,  homegrown camera that allows for extensive customization of both the hardware and software.

Previously, DIY Tripods featured a different open source camera, however, it was analog, using traditional film to capture and store images. The OTTO attacks the problem from a differently, using the Raspberry Pi (also open source) to take digital pictures. This gives end users a lot more options.  Users can post-process images, automatically  adjust shutter speeds, take timed photo sequences, or anything else one can program the ‘Pi to do.

One of the coolest features of the OTTO is its ability to make animated gifs. As seen in the video below, Continue reading

Easily Customized Lego Follow Focus

Lego Follow Focus Today’s build features a Lego follow focus with coarse and fine modes of adjustment.  It can be fitted to many camera lenses, and, since it’s made out of Lego parts, can be easily customized. The thing that stands out about this was the build quality.

From the pictures, we can see that all the joints between the Lego blocks are reinforced. Additionally, joints between sides use axles and axle housings instead of a traditional Lego joints. This means it won’t fall apart in your hands and can probably be carried around in a camera bag without consequences. Check out the videos after the break to see how well the follow focus works and how to build it!

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DIY Slidecam – More Rigid and Adjustable

DIY slidecam

We’ve featured an early revision of this DIY slidecam here before, but RT at MakeMendMakeDo decided that the original camera slider wasn’t good enough and came up with this improved DIY slidecam mount.

The new slider is slightly taller and wider, and there are two beams on the bottom to give it more rigidity.  Additionally, the tripod mount sits higher above the rails to allow for more adjustment.

Hooks have been added to either side of the slider so that it can be pulled with an elastic band, which acts as a shock absorber.  Finally, rubber bumpers were added to keep the mount in place when filming.  Check out the resulting video after the “read more” link.  Really impressive! Continue reading