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

Panolapse Review

panolapse review

Recently, Patrick was nice enough to let me try out the full version his Panolapse software for this review.  A free version is available, so you can try it out before making any decisions.  If you’re wondering if it’s even worth a free trial, here’s the demo video they put out on YouTube.  Spoiler, definitely worth a try (IMO).

Check out my full Panolapse Review after the read more, including an animated moon photography montage that I did using it and Cyberlink Powerdirector 12 (my review of 11 – it’s about the same). Continue reading

Automated Camera Mount Aims and Focuses Using Blender

Here is another camera mount that uses LEGOs. Last time we talked about using Lego’s to hold smartphones. Now they are being used as part of a 4-axis automated camera mount. While the device is a little rough around the edges, all it would need is a little polish to make it a really professional looking machine.

If four axes of control weren’t enough, a blender animation is used to simultaneously aim and focus the camera.  This is used to program automatic movement patterns. As you can see from the video after the “read more,” the movement is not perfectly smooth, but for a hobbyist looking for a cheap way to automate camera movements, this could be the way to go. Continue reading