How To Build A Raspberry PI Action Cam

Apr 25, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

How To Build A Raspberry PI Action Cam

Apr 25, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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You know how action camera like the GoPro or Yi Camera are never quite what you wanted? Connor Yamada experimented with a GoPro but wanted to build a camera that would be a tight fit for his needs –  a cheaper, open-source, and biking-centric action camera. (And to also have Long battery life; Wireless communication and a Simple, durable enclosure)

While the project is not completely off the shelf one, Connor made sure that anybody with access to a 3D printer and soldering iron, can build this project.

The camera is based on the Raspberry Pi Model A+ connected to a 5MP PI Camera and gets wireless access via an Edimax nano adapter. For power Connor added a small 2000mAh battery and a Lipo Charger board.

The casing is printed with a 3D printer and Connors tutorial has both the STL files and a full construction tutorial.

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It took quite a bit of test prints to get the casing right, but at the end it is a beautiful case which gives access to the camera’s main features: an On/Off rocker switch, two start/stop button and a charging port.

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There is no word on the output of the connorCam [I temporarily named it so], but we know that the camera module itself is capable of outputting full HD at 30FPS.\, so I assume the connorCam outputs a similar format. You can see some sample video files here.

Connor testifies that:

This was, by far, the most involved 3D printing project I have undertaken since getting one. A project such as this really highlights the many ways in which 3D printing can revolutionize product development for individuals and small companies.

It was also project that required a great deal of customization to be well executed. Taking all of the components and putting them in a project box would have given me no control over the form factor, a critical part of the design. Being able to put so much effort into designing the case was a great experience and taught me a lot about a process I was just recently exposed to.

One thing I always struggle with is when to quit. I have a hard time breaking out of the process of constantly re-evaluating my work. But here is where I stop, for now. I am happy with the design and what I have learned, but I also know there are many revisions yet to be made. #

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As of now, this project is about $90-$100 so it may not be competitive to some cameras like the $85 Xiaomi Yi. Nonetheless, I would love to see where the community can take this project

[Raspberry Pi Action Camera via hackaday]

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    Jeff Soto

    You guys have any good info on DIY motorized timelapse sliders?