Programmable Remote Control for Nikon

If you’re an amateur photographer and own an entry-level Nikon DSLR, you might be dissatisfied with the lack of certain features these models have, which can be quite disappointing since high-end cameras are pretty expensive. But there is something that can be done. The cameras have an infrared sensor that can be utilized with great success using a remote control, so you are able to take pictures and control your camera from afar. And here’s where the programmable remote control for Nikon comes along, enhancing the capabilities of your camera.

This project is a small remote control based on the Atmega168/328 microcontroller from Atmel. It also has a bunch of 3mm LEDs (one of them is the power LED, the rest are for different programs for the camera), capacitors, resistors, 3 switches, a battery holder and an IR LED. The device ends up using all GPIO pins of the MCU (you can find detailed schematics and a complete parts list in the link).

The code is available for reading and download and is neatly commented so you can understand what it actually does. The code makes use of Cibo Mahto’s Nikon Library. Gerber files and Eagle files are also available for download. A nice device to have when taking difficult shots with your DSLR, the programmable remote control for Nikon can be a great addition to your photo gear, helping you make great use of your DSLR.

Programmable Remote Control for Nikon: [Link]

 Nikon usb connector_connectors

The first order of business is to open the camera-end of the Nikon-supplied camera-to-USB cable. The outer plastic shell (cover) of the connector is separate from the inner connector and wire so it is possible to cut open the cover by carefully slicing along one side. (see the picture at the top of this page)
Once the slice is complete, the outer plastic cover can be removed revealing what appears to be injected plastic covering the wires and the solder tags of the connector. This inner plastic layer has to be carefully removed.

How to make a dual USB and serial cable from the Nikon Coolpix E990 USB cable: [Via][Link]

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