geoffwba
Has anyone fitted a small video camera for 00 gauge to show a driver's eye view ?  I've seen many Youtube videos but have no idea what cameras are being used.  Any recommendations would be appreciated.
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Robin Sundt Echini
Hi Geoff, I use a minature "Milaloko" camera with one lens from my glasses strapped in front to make it focus closer.
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If you check on Amazon, there are lots of minature cameras - mainly for covert home security ( they tend to be called "Spy Cameras"). Not sure how close they can focus but they are certainly small enough.
Some of the results from my camera are on the Competition site and the signals area.
Regards
Robin
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Briperran
Robin i assume what you are saying from your answer is look for a camera that has focusing if possible/

Brian
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Robin Sundt Echini
Hi Brian,
I doubt that you will get a variable focus camera that small. As most of the ones that I have seen are "Spy" or "Covert" cameras, they will almost certainly be fixed focus. Mine focuses down to about 6in but I reduced that to about 4in by putting one of my reading glasses lenses in front of it. It means that when putting the camera in a truck behind the engine, the engine is still slightly out of focus but the trackside is fine and clear.
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john whiteside
Hi 
I have one fitted in to the cab of a DMU, uses the DCC track feed to power it and has a antenna and a base station, capable of connecting to multiple cameras, which plugs in to a  PC monitor for the display which when connected to my lap top allows me to record the images.
Im not sure of the name but i got it from James at DCC Train Automation.
John.  
John Whiteside
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Jaz Avalley JazAvalley

I knowDavid Todd has one, he used it at my home, the results were quite good, but i never uploaded as it captured some details as it ran around that I did not want to upload. 

The effects are really good, and his so he said was not expensive.

Jaz Avalley

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Bunkerbarge
When I have done this I put the camera, borrowed from a friend, onto a flat which was pushed by the loco so it had a clear view of the track.  Be warned though when you see your track from a driver's point of view what you thought was nice neatly laid straight track suddenly looks awful!
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Julian

I knowDavid Todd has one, he used it at my home, the results were quite good, but i never uploaded as it captured some details as it ran around that I did not want to upload. 

The effects are really good, and his so he said was not expensive.


That camera is inside a Hornby Railroad R6422 Closed Van, although it is now sold enclosed in a printed truck and it contains the camera + PCB removed from a Key Fob Camera.  It is advertised at £99, last time I looked.  It has a slightly Fish-eye lens and produces really good images, plus sound.  It is reasonably simple to operate, with a pin-in-the-hole system, but you do have to read the instructions, as it is "procedural" details can be read here,   http://www.branor.co.uk/images/CamTruck%20instructions%20CTHDW3D.pdf 

It records everything from clicking the "on" switch to clicking again to stop, so needs some editing software, but downloads simply, through USB cable.  It does have a slight  problem with the Lithium battery, in that it discharges very quickly, if not used for a few days, which is strange, given the type, but it does.  It also dies completely, if stored for any length of time.  {I didn't experience that same poor discharge rate on any Lithium batteries for R/C aeroplanes, so that's a bit of a puzzle.}  It can be replaced, but it's a bit fiddly and the same problem returned.  I will have to investigate another type of battery to replace the ones in the truck, if I'm ever going to use it again and it may be easier to source another Key Fob camera.

Quality of picture, handling of light and lens range can be seen in this boring clip.



Julian
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geoffwba
Hi 
I have one fitted in to the cab of a DMU, uses the DCC track feed to power it and has a antenna and a base station, capable of connecting to multiple cameras, which plugs in to a  PC monitor for the display which when connected to my lap top allows me to record the images.
Im not sure of the name but i got it from James at DCC Train Automation.
John.  

Can you remember how long ago you purchased it? I can't see anything listed on DCC train automation website.
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Robin Sundt Echini
Just acquired a NIYPS Mini Camera from Amazon to try to record the automatic signals that I have just completed on the layout (see the topic Automatic signals in Signals and Signalling). The camera won't focus clearly much below a foot and had to be mounted at an angle as the internals are not oriented to be parallel to the box - but it is very small and could be mounted on a truck with a dummy carriage side, which ended up completely out of focus.

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The results were a bit disappointing not least because there is a bit too much cellar and not enough layout because the layout has grown into parts of the cellar used for storage. However, this is an example of what the camera can do showing the signals driven by the engines and the way that the points are set.



If anyone finds a better camera solution that is currently available, I would be very interested to see it.
Keep safe and keep modelling!
Robin



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