Camera Setup

This page lists the camera settings to check before securing the camera inside the camera box

The settings mentioned here are specific to Canon EOS 2000D/Rebel T7. Look for the corresponding settings if you are using a different DSLR camera.

STEP 1: Camera Body Settings

  • Date & Time: dd-mm-yyyy format (Can be changed programmatically as well)

  • Location

  • Mode: 'M' Manual (Crucial)

  • ISO: 100 (Can be changed programmatically as well)

  • Menu 1:

    • Image quality: raw (Crucial)

    • Beep: Disable

    • Image review: Off

    • Peripheral illumination correction: Disable

    • Red eye reduction: Disable

    • Flash control: Flash firing -> Disable

  • Menu 2:

    • Exposure compensation: 0

    • Auto lighting optimizer: Disable-Off

    • Color space: sRGB

  • Menu 4:

    • Live view shoot: Disable

  • Menu 7:

    • Auto power off: Disable (Crucial)

    • Auto rotate: Off

STEP 2: Attach Lens to the Camera Body

STEP 3: Lens Aperture Setting and Focus

Set to manual focus

The aperture for the camera should be set at 1.4, or all the way "open," in order to catch as much light as possible. Once set the aperture should not have to change.

The video below describes both the setting of the aperture and how to focus the camera.

This page describes the permanent settings for the camera that should be done while building.

See Camera Focus for details on focusing the camera during deployment.

STEP 4: Focus Creep Band

Once the lens aperture and focus are set, carefully place the lens band to avoid focus creep over time. The lens band should stretch partially over the focusing ring and a static part of the lens, as shown below.

The cameras will need to be refocused during deployment.

See Camera Focus for details on focusing the camera during deployment.

STEP 5: Cover Viewfinder

Prevents any stray light from leaking into the viewfinder.

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