When deciding what kind of camera to use for the time lapse there seemed to be problems with both options.
Option #1 Digital Camera
Pros – Picture Quality
Cons – More power consumption, size, and can it be permanently powered on?
Option #1 Webcam
Pros – Little Power consumption, size, it can be on for long periods
Cons – Picture Quality
One of my concerns with using a Canon camera for the time lapse project is how to turn it on and off remotely to get around having it powered on all of the time. On forums people said that it is not good to have the camera permanently powered on. After searching around and not finding an answer I sent Canon Support an email asking if it was possible to power the camera on and off from the computer that the camera is connected too, or could it be powered on long term with no damage. Here is the important part of their response –
“Although there is no way of powering the camera on or off remotely, you can have it powered on using an AC adapter for as long as you need to use it. There should be no damage when using the camera with the adapter.”
Great news!! This greatly simplifies the scripts that will need to be written to take the pictures. All the script needs to do now is take the picture, instead of turning the camera on, take the picture, and then turn the camera off.