Scout Camera Box
As low as $499.00
The Scout Camera Box offers everything you will ever need in a camera trapping system. This starts with wireless communication with the Scout receiver, Scout PIR, Scout Flashes and LED video lights. Say good bye to nibbled wires ruining your trail monitors.
This system is configured using your mobile device (iPhone or Android) for easy in field configuration.
The box is built around an IP67 waterproof enclosure for maximum protection for your camera and lens. It has slots for two battery packs, either AA or Li-Ion for extended deployments. It also has an on board power supply for your camera allowing it to be powered from the camera box battery packs. Keeping with Cognisys tradition the box is fully configurable allowing you to program in wake-up times for 1/2 press, full press and even auxiliary loads like video lights or external flashes.
- Camera Box and Camera Controller
- Sealed lens tube (choose length below)
- Battery pack - (choose AA or Li-Ion)
- Pick-n-Pluck Foam or quick release camera mount (choose below)
- Laser cut foam insert for the front of the camera box
Camera, Security Cable and AA batteries not included.
About the Scout Camera Box
If you have done any camera trapping you know how much work it is - if it can go wrong it will. The Scout Camera Box was designed to help out with all of the little gotcha's of camera trapping. Starting by getting rid of the wires. The Scout Camera Box has 2.4 GHz wireless transciever in it so it can communicate directly with the Scout Receiver for wireless triggering - no more worrying about the wires getting in the image or worse yet getting chewed and rendering your camera trap useless.
Scout Camera Box Features
- Fully weatherproof housing for your DSLR or mirror-less camera.
- Compatible with any camera that has an external shutter release - it also helps battery life if your camera can be woken up with this port.
- Wifi (802.11 a/b/g/n) connectivity to your computer, tablet, or phone to adjust all of the settings.
- Wireless connectivity to other Scout products:
- Receiver or PIR sends wireless trigger signal to the Scout Camera Box when the subject is detected
- Camera controller sends wireless "fire" signal to the Scout Flashes
- >100 days of battery life with the AA Battery option (use-case dependent - no camera power)
- Customizable camera control (number of pictures, time windows, etc).
- Camera flash sync input.
- Auxiliary lighting support for video – 3 aux outputs.
- Support for 2nd External Camera.
- Aux, flash, 2nd camera output available on outside of the box via waterproof bulkhead connectors.
- External Power for larger batteries if needed.
- Flash wake and sync out.
- Complex multiple triggering options (for example):
- PIR #1 activates lighting bank on the left
- PIR #2 activates lighting bank on the right
- Receiver #1 starts video recording
- Receiver #2 takes several still photographs
- Time-lapse feature.
- Shot limiter - Can limit the number of shots to reduce nuisance triggers (curious squirrels).
- Supply power to your camera from the Scout Camera Box Batteries with the optional Dummy Battery Packs.
- Multiple ¼-20 tripod mounts.
- Battery packs can be doubled up for long-term deployments.
- Security features for python cables and locks.
- The camera box is vented with an ePTFE waterproof membrane to prevent pressure from developing inside the box. This dramatically improves seal performance and life.
- Works with the Trail Master sensor (needs wires!) - use a Scout cable with a 3.5mm patch cable.
- USB enabled for reprogramming firmware.
Camera Box Mounting
The Scout Camera Box also comes with a large mounting surface with several 1/4-20 mounting holes - the configuration can be seen in the image to the right. We even have a right angle mounting option that can be added for addiitional flexibility. We have found the most flexible mounting option to be installing a low cost arca plate to the base of the box and using an imported ball head and stake or tripod.
Configure With your Phone
In addition to the box itself a lot of work went into the user interface of the camera controller in the box. For this you can use your mobile device that you are already carrying with you (iphone or Android). From here you can change all of the settings for the camera box, this includes: shutter timing, wake-up signals, power management, external load timing, hours you want the system acitive as well as any shot limits you want to add. Even the settings for your Scout Receiver can be set up through this interface.
Room in the Box - Selecting the Right Lens Tube
Camera Box Dimensions (length x depth x height)
Dimensions with box feet down:
Inside Box Dimensions: 9.5" x 7.1" x 6.1" (243 x 180 x 157 mm)
Outside Box Dimensions: 10.6" x 9.0" x 7.2" (270 x 231 x 185 mm)
Dimensions with box feet pointing in same axis as the lens (length x depth x height)
Space available for camera body: 8.2" x 4.5" x 7.1" (208 x 114 x 180 mm)
Determine Lens Tube Length
Measure the distance from the point furthest forward on your camera to the end of your lens - subtract 1 in or 24 mm and choose the shortest lens tube that will accommodate your lens. There are 3 lengths available, they have inside dimensions of 34 mm (1.3 in), 59 mm (2.3 in) and 85 mm (3.3 in). You can also purchase additional tubes if needed.
This assumes your camera is tight up against the inside wall of the camera box - there is sufficient room in the box to move the camera back if needed. Both the foam mount and Arca Mount options allow for this adjustment. Also keep in mind that if you are using a wide angle lens you will want to have the lens as close to the lens tube filter as possible to minimize getting the camera box lens tube in your images.
The max lens diameter that will fit into the lens tube is 85 mm (3.3 in).
There is enough room in the camera box to use a full frame camera with a wireless flash transmitter on the hot shoe (see image).
Top Customer Questions and Answers (FAQ)
Camera Box Specifications
|Input Current–Full on (*AA batteries/Li-Ion pack)||-||60/33||-||mAdc|
|Input Current–Sleep(8AA batteries / Li-Ion pack)||-||0.65/0.44||-||mAdc|
|Shutter/Aux Output Current Sink||-||-||1||Adc|
|Battery life (internal - Eneloop batteries at 25C)||-||100||140||days|
|Real-time clock life without batteries||-||16||-||hours|
- 32-bit power optimized ARM Processor
- Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Wireless connectivity: Proprietary 2.4GHz
- Real-time clock for time-windowed triggering (two windows provided)
- Powered by 8 AA batteries, Li-Ion battery pack, or external power
- Power for camera (with optional dc coupler / dummy battery)
- Camera flash sync input
- Flash sync output
- Flash wake output
- All outputs are open drain (Can be used for flash, shutter, or relays)
- USB for reprogramming
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Connecting the Camera Box
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