CF U1-DSLR camera control project.

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    I got my first U1 coming. $35. It's a mk1
    Came with both batteries, but no SSD or caddy.
    Scored an 80gb MSATA for $18.
    Got a WWAN board for another $10. Plan on adding a M-PCIE to SD adapter on it.
    According to model number it already has GPS in it.

    Not sure if I will go with Win7 or Linux.
    I am building it for use as a DSLR camera remote control. Going to use liveview for previewing shots.
    U1 tethered via usb cable.
    Nikon has the Camera Control Pro 2 software which seems nice enough. I would get total control of the camera on the U1.
    I stumbled across a Linux program called Darktable which might do what I need.
    Linux would run very nice on this U1.


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    Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 software remotely controls most functions of Nikon digital SLRs from a computer that is connected via USB cable or though wired or wireless LAN using a wireless transmitter. Advanced functions of the D3 and D300 cameras such as the Viewer for preview and selection of images prior to transfer, LiveView function and Picture Control System are also supported, along with the workflow of Nikon’s exclusive photofinishing software Capture NX (optional) and the browser and viewer software View NX.
    Take Control of Your Photography – Remotely

    Using the USB or FireWire cable that are included with your camera, or the optional Wi-Fi adapters for select models, Nikon Camera Control Pro enables you to capture unique images no matter what the subject.

    LiveView Support
    Live previews direct from the camera are supported on the D3, D700, D300, and D90 when this feature is enabled. See what you are about to shoot!

    Improved Graphic User Interface
    Camera Control Pro 2 provides a simulated camera LCD panel on the computer screen which performs the same function as the cameras display. It has been modified to be consistent with those used in the latest cameras for smoother operation.

    Picture Control Utility
    In certain Nikon digital SLRs such as the D3, D700, D300 and D90, customized image adjustment — including tone compensation curve data — can be saved to tailor the camera’s behavior to the photographer’s vision, improving efficiency when using multiple cameras at the same time.
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    This looks interesting for $40.

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    http://www.darktable.org/
    How to Remote Control Your Camera with Darktable on Linux
    We've talked about Darktable before, because it is a wonderful advanced RAW photo editor and workflow manager. My current favorite feature is tethered shooting, which is connecting a camera to your computer and controlling it with Darktable. Obviously this is not very convenient for hiking or street photography, but for studio and tripod work it's the bee's knees. There are two scenarios where this might be useful to you.

    If your camera has Live View, then you can control it from Darktable and preview and adjust images on your Linux PC. This makes Darktable a great tool for staged macro photography, astrophotography, portrait photography, and for getting the best composition and most accurate focus on long telephoto shots.
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    Entangle is for Linux too.
    https://entangle-photo.org/

    Tethered camera control and capture
    Entangle provides a graphical interface for “tethered shooting”, aka taking photographs with a digital camera completely controlled from the computer.

    News: 10th October, 2017: Release 1.0, “Lithium”, is available to download

    Using Entangle is as easy as 1,2,3…

    1. Connect camera
    2. Launch Entangle
    3. Shoot photos
    With a sufficiently capable digital SLR camera Entangle allows:

    • Trigger the shutter from the computer
    • Live preview of scene before shooting
    • Automatic download and display of photos as they are shot
    • Control of all camera settings from computer
     
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    So it looks like I will try a flavor of Linux on the U1.

    I will need to search for a photography aimed distro.
     
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    Terrible Loonix support on the U1 though, no 3D acceleration whatsoever.

    Stick with Windows XP or a lightened version of Win7, and overclock that Z520, it does not have Out of Order Execution so it's slow as molasses, any more MHz helps.
     
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    Not sure the lack of 3d acceleration will matter for my use.
    I can be certain that I will never do 3D work or any game on it. Well maybe solitaire.

    I had planned on trying slight overclock as your other thread talked about.
    Wonder if the SD card in the WWAN slot adapter can be used for Readyboost in Win 7?
     
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    Some photos to give an idea of the size.

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    The caddy for a CF U1 and a cool 4 sided photo.
    My eagle eye friend Jeff figured that the pic on the graph paper is 1/2 blocks and gives an idea of the size of the caddy.

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