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Raspberry Pi Running Inside A Canon Battery Pack

Raspberry Pi just doesn’t know how to not stay in news. This story comes from an unusual space — using Raspberry Pi to turn a DSLR into a fully functioning PC. Photographer David Hunt has succeeded in cramming the Raspberry Pi in a broken Canon 5D Mark II battery grip.

David took a broken battery grip for Canon 5D Mark II and made a few modifications to fit the Raspberry Pi into it. He also created few holes in the case so that he can access the USB, network and video port. He used the  Canon 7.2v 1800mAh battery to power the device. Once every component was in place, this is how the entire PC looks like.

Raspberry Pi Canon

David is now able to pull images from the camera and transmit them via either Wifi or ethernet. Check out the video below to see Raspberry Pi at work:

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He is still working on the project and sees great possibilities here. Dave points out the possibilities he sees here:

  • Wireless tethered shooting – attach a Wifi dongle to the USB port, so I can transmit pictures to a PC or tablet PC as I’m shooting.
  • Attach a USB memory key or hard drive so I can back up the images on the camera.
  • Remote control the camera using a PC, tablet PC or smartphone (from anywhere in the world).
  • Intervalometer – take a picture every few seconds for those high-speed sunset sequences, including exposure adjustment as you go.
  • On-the-fly image conversion for faster previews on remote display device (iPad, etc).
  • Add a small LCD display to give status, allow user input via buttons, etc.
  • Trigger camera via shutter release port, also allows waking up of sleeping camera, which cant be done via USB.
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Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

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