Know your camera! The kits are designed for 6x6 film TLR format with flash sync connectors. Despite that the design is mostly similar for all TLR cameras, on the inside, the square area for the film is slightly different, in that it depends on the manufacturers. In addition, the back opening for the camera can be from the top or from the bottom. We experimented with different TLRs; it works for all the '-flex' or '-cord' TLRs, from Rollei, Yashica, Minolta, Ikon, Mamiya, Olympus, Flexaret, etc.
We have tested Raspberry Pi B+ and Raspberry Pi 2, with the 5 Megapixels Pi camera module. There is a catch though, the Raspberry Pi needs to be physically modified in order to get inserted at the back of the camera. It needs to be protected against short circuit and thermal overheat, and needs an optical alignment and correction behind the lens.
We are in discussion with different sensor manufacturers to design an affordable system that can be inserted at the back of the camera. That includes the sensor module, the processing unit and additional optional components. The current design is using crop sensors within the range of 10 to 16 Megapixels with 1:1 or 4:3 ratio, compatible with international standards.
The power challenge of needed to run the hardware is solved by the use of internal power banks or batteries that are inserted inside the TLR camera. Custom made power banks enclosures that can also be 3D printed are now available for download.
Build your own power!
The cameras will require WiFi connection to trigger the sensor capture, but the flash connector have been few changes during the time. No worries, there are adaptors available for the common sockets, and pending which system you like to use, there are several cabling connectors available as well. For optical correction to internal camera modules, several lens correctors are available as well.
We are not programmers, neither code masters. However, we know what we need to make it functioning properly, from concept to development of requirements for programers to make the coding part. We like it simple. but effective.
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