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 Post subject: A photographer's webcam?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:55 pm 
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Just wondering if there is such a thing as a webcam that you can control like you would a still or manual video camera? In effect, you could control ISO and/or shutter. I assume aperture would be fixed by the lens.

What I want to do is set up a low light webcam to monitor my geckos in the dark. And I do mean dark. The room lighting will be the random red/green/blue/orange standby LEDs you get on electronic stuff. It is more than enough light for human dark adapted vision to move around easily.

I'm willing to sacrifice framerate to use relatively long exposure for example. For this use I don't care about colour imaging or motion blur.

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Hi popo,

What about something like this? One of the two reviews wasn't complimentary though.

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Thanks for the suggestion, but I forgot to mention I didn't want anything involving extra lighting, even in IR. I don't know what the sensitivity of a gecko is, but they certainly react to red lights.

Since I posted that I have dug up my old webcam. The biggest reason I can't use it is it has 6 bright white LEDs on it and I can't find a way to turn it off. I intend to physically disable them and give that another try. Also the IR filter is on the back of the lens that comes with it, so I can try removing that for extra sensitivity.

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