Ultimate camera thread
I’ve been gathering information on what better camera will suit me. I want to do blob tracking for interactive instalations.
A lot of people have diferent recomendations, but I still have doubts. I wish that everyone knowledgeble contributes to this thread. Maybe even take it to Wiki level :)
Let’s see if I can share what I think and doubt. First the pre concieved ideas.
Trying to make a list of Positive characteristics .
USB camera (cheap, good for multitouch surfaces)
IP or LAN camera ( ability to have the camera distant from the computer??)
Firewire ( fast, models with ability to do everything manual, like exposure)
Analog ( ability to have the camera distant from the computer?)
Now some questions:
If an analog camera captures pal, and if i use an external video capture device, wont i get scanlines and wont that dificult tracing?
How far can i get a firewire from the pc?
People recomend Unibrain or imagingsource, but the prices are way high. Can i get anything decent for no more than 300 ?
What should I look out for?
I traded some emails with the people at http://www.1394store.com/eshop/ about their cameras and got this for an anwser:
“…but in general on the non-IR coated lenses you want to avoid bright conditions such as sunlight, halogen and any IR light sources that could damage the CCD sensor. If you have further questions please let us know at”
If I want to do traking I must flood the background with IR light, but that might damage the sensor? I’m confused.
Sorry if this Post isn’t very coherent yet. But i’ll add watever info is relevante to this first post, and try to learn by compilating all the knowledge your are willing to share.