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Offline Pfalzbahn  
#1 Posted : 21 December 2019 01:41:28(UTC)
Pfalzbahn

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Does anybody have a stationary video camera to capture trains running under the layout, like in tunnels or train yards? I am looking for the 'right' camera that allows me to see my shadow station (SBH) under the layout. Obviously such a camera would have to transmit (WiFi) the video to a device with a screen such as an iPhone. I am curious to see your recommendations.

Pfalzbahn
Offline river6109  
#2 Posted : 21 December 2019 13:42:25(UTC)
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Led lights and any cube HD or higher solution camera or 2 all depends how large your fiddle yard is., there are plenty on ebay

John
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Offline DaleSchultz  
#3 Posted : 22 December 2019 22:48:28(UTC)
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not all cube camera transmit in real time.
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Offline Pfalzbahn  
#4 Posted : 22 December 2019 23:43:51(UTC)
Pfalzbahn

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Thanks for your comments.

Here is the problem:
I want a video camera that transmits in real time, covers an area of 3m long and 1m wide, possible at dim light conditions. The camera must transmit
the video via WiFi to my iPhone for instant monitoring.

Unfortunately even places like Amazon don't enable you to filter out the cameras which don't provide the requested conditions. And since there are pages and pages of cameras available it is for me too painful trying to go through them all. And regrettably these days local camera store employees don't know their arm from their elbow!

Pfalzbahn
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Offline river6109  
#5 Posted : 23 December 2019 04:56:30(UTC)
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Pfalzbahn wrote:

Unfortunately even places like Amazon don't enable you to filter out the cameras which don't provide the requested conditions.

it is very annoying when this happens and the search engines like ebay is the same.

John
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Offline clapcott  
#6 Posted : 23 December 2019 06:11:16(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Pfalzbahn Go to Quoted Post
...... Obviously such a camera would have to transmit (WiFi) the video to a device with a screen such as an iPhone......


May I ask you to elaborate on why this is "obvious"

While I might guess there is a distance issue, you do not indicate the distance to scope.
Power, (access to), is also a consideration.

Hiding a wireless transmitter under the layout may also expose you to noise from the surrounding digital track signal and dropout due to scenery being in the way.

The CS3 supports USB cameras (webcams) natively and you can then pick that up from any Ethernet attached device with a browser.
Here again I would generally steer clear of WiFi as IP is loosey and a cable is best

While generally I would not recommend bloating the CS3 with work load that is not directly related to actually running trains, this is a function solution.

Otherwise you could just search for "Baby minders"
Peter
Offline Pfalzbahn  
#7 Posted : 23 December 2019 23:40:13(UTC)
Pfalzbahn

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Yeah, a baby minder would be the perfect solution!
Offline Boxbrownie  
#8 Posted : 29 March 2020 20:58:00(UTC)
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What about using a vehicle reversing camera and monitor, either hard wired or wireless can be bought....cheap to.
Best regards.........David
Offline Pfalzbahn  
#9 Posted : 29 March 2020 23:23:34(UTC)
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Thanks, that's an excellent idea. I am just ordering one from Amazon.
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