|Fig 1: Acorn 5210MG and 6210MG|
Cellular Trail |Cameras
I often get asked about how I test trail cameras and in particular the cellular versions so here is a brief overview of my test bench setup.
Figure 2 shows the complete assembly of test card, timer, meters and screen monitor.
The test card enables a basic evaluation of the camera's lens performance and focusing.
The laptop screen shows a timer and clock, the former of which is used to test the camera's trigger time and also time longer events such as image/video sequences, network transmissions and time lapse functions et.c
The timer is triggered by a manual slider and paddle ( figure 3 ) which also triggers the camera at exactly the same time. The resulting photograph taken by the camera captures the timer and shows how long in tenths of a second, it took the camera to wake up and fire its shutter. This is the camera's trigger