|Remote shutter release for Kodak DC290 digital camera. The unit
connects to the standard Kodak PC serial cable and allows the user to take
photos without shaking or otherwise disturbing the camera.
How to Build One
This is a very simple project. The DC290 has a provision for a remote
shutter. Kodak claimed they were going to release a remote shutter release
product, but to the best of my knowledge, never did so. With some careful
probing and some educated guesses, I figured out how to trigger the camera
You'll need the following materials, all of which should be available from
- Male DB-9 solder cup connector
- Momentary SPST pushbutton switch
- 2.2K ohm resistor
- 9V battery snap
- 9V battery
- Small project case
The circuit is extremely straightforward. Connect the - terminal of the
battery (black on a battery snap) to pin 5 of the DB-9 connector. Connect
one end of the 2.2K resistor to pin 4 of the DB-9 connector. Connect the
other end of the 2.2K resistor to one side of the pushbutton switch.
Connect the + terminal of the battery (red on a battery snap) to the other
side of the pushbutton switch. Refer to the schematic below for details.
Note that the DC290 will only take a picture
when triggered remotely if it is configured properly. Go to CAPTURE mode,
hit MENU, go to PREFERENCES, then CAPTURE, and be sure to set "Remote
Shutter" to "ON". Once you've configured the camera correctly, return to
image capture mode and test out the shutter release. Connect the Kodak
serial cable to the DB-9 jack and to the camera. The camera should take
a picture when you hit the remote shutter release button.
How you package the remote shutter release circuit is up to you. I chose a
plastic project case which is about twice as big as it needs to be. All you
need is something big enough to fit the connector, battery, and the switch.
It seems I'm not the first to figure this out.
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NOTE: This page describes a project which may cause damage to you, your
digital camera, or your ego! THE AUTHOR IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES
CAUSED BY USING THIS INFORMATION. THIS INFORMATION IS PROVIDED WITHOUT
WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. The design has been tested and used by the author,
but you USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.