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Dear Chieh:
Is there any way to get a 2.5mm bayonette input plug into a point-and-shoot digital camera? It seems only higher-end pro cameras have remote control jacks. I want to operate a $100-200 point-and-shoot camera with a Conceptus bite switch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Scott Bruce
Wed, 22 Mar 2006 13:28:45 -0800

Yes, Scott, you'll have to modify your digital camera by wiring a 2.5mm jack to the shutter button. Chapter 1 in the "Hacking Digital Cameras" book covers that and more. You are in luck, because Wiley (the publisher) has made chapter 1 free to download; you'll find it on this web site.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 22 Mar 2006 14:26:30 -0800

Thanks, Chieh.

Scott Bruce
Thu, 23 Mar 2006 12:30:59 -0800

I know of a website that sells point and shoot cameras with a 2.5mm switch installed for skydivers. SkyElph. You might want to check them out.

Jack Bengal
Thu, 21 Jun 2007 15:12:56 -0700

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Weblog: Camera Hacker
Excerpt: I need a 3/32 submini phone jack wired to at least two digital cameras within a few days (by this Saturday). I have no experience working with electronics. Can you recommend somebody in the Boston area for the job? The cameras are a Kodak C310 and a Kodak C315. The jacks will be fitted with the 2.5m . . .
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Weblog: Camera Hacker
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Weblog: Camera Hacker
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