Canon Powershot camera control project

Sandro Benigno from DIY Drones released camera control code for Arducam project. The goal of the project is to control Powershot camera mounted on UAV while feeding camera’s video output back to operator. Telemetry from UAV will also be sent back mixed in video using MAX7456 OSD ( on-screen display ) generator IC. Needless to say, I’m very interested in camera control side of this project.

The capabilities of the code can be seen in a video above. From my experience, Powershot cameras use identical control commands for different models so this code would work with other cameras with no or very minimal changes. For example, I tested it on my A640 and it works just fine. On the other hand, not every Powershot camera can be controlled over USB; suitable model numbers can be deduced from this gphoto list.

The project-related discussion is hosted on DIY Drones.

Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition.

I just came back from Sparkfun autonomous vehicle competition and here’s some pictures:

The fastest on land

The fastest on land

This rover made first place on land. For some reason land and air vehicles were competing in the same category so this giy got second place. This was the only rover able to finish the track. It did it 3 times with good results. Here is the builder’s log:

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