Sony QX10 mod for remote wire shutter trigger

The Sony QX10 is a nice lightweight 18 MegaPix camera for very little money (mine cost less than 100$ online, shipping included). It looks like a good one for aerial mapping missions. Unfortunately, it does not support USB cable remote triggering (unlike the much more expensive models in the QX family). Also, a smartphone app allows to trigger the camera via Wifi but that does not allow a direct shutter trigger control via Pixhawk, which was the purpose for getting this camera. Therefore I decided to modify my QX10 to see how trigger wires could be directly hacked on it...

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Comment by Hugues on February 21, 2016 at 2:09am

Thx Ale, yes probably. However it is always risky to open up your camera...

Glenn, this camera is not very fast between shots. I tested one shot per second without problem. It might also vary according to your SD card writing speed.

Comment by Glenn M on February 21, 2016 at 2:10am

1 shot per second is fast enough for mapping. I wonder how many shots at 1 per sec before the buffer fills and it has to slow down, or whether it can keep shooting at that speed.

Comment by Damian on February 21, 2016 at 8:25am

I do not see the Sony QX10 cheaper anywhere than £150, what is about $200 

Where do you get it for less than $100???


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Comment by Hugues on February 21, 2016 at 8:28am
Comment by Martin on February 21, 2016 at 8:40am

I looked into the camera. The price is great, but it has a few shortcomings - no shutter priority, a rather small sensor, no raw output.

Comment by Paul Meier on February 21, 2016 at 9:11am

@Martin: you will not get a better deal on pixel per gram......

Comment by Cala on February 21, 2016 at 4:21pm

Thank's Martin and Hugues

Comment by Martin on February 22, 2016 at 6:59am

@Paul Meier, I understand that it's a great deal, but I only fly airplanes. I've only ever used shutter priority when taking photos. Do you have any experience with the camera?

Comment by Simon Wood on February 23, 2016 at 6:37pm

I spent a while on this camera last year and overall was impressed for the price. As yet no wired control is known about, although the firmware uploader (over USB) knows a few tricks so it could be that there's a possibility.

The RemoteAPI (thanks to Sony for making that public) is supported by a few Open-Source projects, there's a security/development level baked in which is known to enable a few (minor) extra functions:

https://github.com/Bloodevil/sony_camera_api/issues/9

If anyone wants to break open the firmware, there is a tool for decrypting the firmware update packages. Originally written for the Nex/Alpha.

http://www.personal-view.com/faqs/sony-hack/fwencryption

http://www.personal-view.com/faqs/sony-hack/hack-development

There's also a possibility for buidling a ESP8266 (or the like) project to connect over WiFi and trigger the shutter and other functions.

Comment by Romain Grave on February 25, 2016 at 2:00am

If you want more shots per seconds the QX100 is great! I never had the courage to mod mine but after that I think I'll give it a try. thanks!

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