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What USB camera setup is working for you ?

Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 4:16 pm
by jojo_angelov
Hey guys. So I posted about a possible future updated version of the Rpi camera but as that will be happening, I might have to revert to a different camera after a while. Don't get me wrong, the PI camera has exceeded my expectations but I am still looking for something better and just as stable as the RPI camera.

Here is my situation: I need a camera that can run indefinitely and take images every 45 seconds to a minute.

I had originally ordered the Logitech C920 and I spent about a week trying to keep it stable and running without problems(I updated everything, and tried different image taking software), but with no luck as it will always "die" after some minutes(hour at most) and dissapear from my usb list or if it is, I won't have access to it and the only way to restart it is to unplug it and plug it, which I cannot do remotely.

So my question to you:
What kind of camera setup do you have and is it stable in the sense of taking images very frequently without dying or suddenly erroring out ?

Re: What USB camera setup is working for you ?

Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 5:29 pm
by shuckle
Ps3 eye is stable, but hardly better thanrpi camera.

Re: What USB camera setup is working for you ?

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:04 am
by ragnarjensen
I'm running "motion" with an old Logitech QuickCam Pro 5000. It's been running for 165 days since the last reboot.
Not the same picture quality as the RPi camera, but at least it's stable.
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Ragnar

Re: What USB camera setup is working for you ?

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:23 am
by jojo_angelov
Thank you guys for your replies. Yeah I am kind of looking for something of better quality than the RPi, even though it is a great tech.

Re: What USB camera setup is working for you ?

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:30 am
by shuckle
It will not be easy to find better usb camera. Rpi camera uses 5M when taking stills, which you are doing.

Re: What USB camera setup is working for you ?

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:36 am
by AndyD
jojo_angelov wrote:...I am kind of looking for something of better quality than the RPi...
Jojo, what feature of the Raspberry Pi camera is not meeting your objectives? Are you looking for a better lens? Better low light ability? More pixels?

Re: What USB camera setup is working for you ?

Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:10 pm
by jojo_angelov
I am simply looking for a better lense. Something that can take decent low light images and have a wider lense.

Re: What USB camera setup is working for you ?

Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:24 pm
by Forrrge
if you're after a wider view, you can add a lens attachment, here's a link from someone who did just that

http://www.raspberrypi-spy.co.uk/2013/0 ... ra-module/

Re: What USB camera setup is working for you ?

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:25 pm
by pluggy
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Microsoft-Lif ... 5aef7135c5

2 of 'em on same Pi, no hub just the 2 cameras taking up the two USBs, Arduino connected via GPIO, running this http://pluggy.me.uk/homeserver/ for over 12 months.

Nothing magical resolution wise but the piccys are as clear as a bell.

The two pictures at the bottom are software stretched to 800x600 from the native 640*480.

The lighting is a total of 5 white LEDS running from the GPIO on the Pi . The cameras are quite wide view as standard.

Re: What USB camera setup is working for you ?

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:07 am
by jojo_angelov
pluggy wrote:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Microsoft-Lif ... 5aef7135c5

2 of 'em on same Pi, no hub just the 2 cameras taking up the two USBs, Arduino connected via GPIO, running this http://pluggy.me.uk/homeserver/ for over 12 months.

Nothing magical resolution wise but the piccys are as clear as a bell.

The two pictures at the bottom are software stretched to 800x600 from the native 640*480.

The lighting is a total of 5 white LEDS running from the GPIO on the Pi . The cameras are quite wide view as standard.

Thank you for the post. I am looking for something a little better.
I cannot believe that nobody has any working cameras that are of good quality.