User manual: Digisnap 2000 Series User Manual.
The DigiSnap 2000 is the most popular model offered by Harbortronics. The 2000 is the basic model which allows for control of zoom, shutter release and time lapse control.
In addition to the "out of the box" features of the DigiSnap, the DigiSnap is able to control other camera functions. The DigiSnap can control the camera LCD monitor, as well as putting the camera into a low power state to extend battery life during Time-Lapse photography. There are a host of more advanced features available by configuring the DigiSnap on a computer terminal, but this is not required for typical use.
The DigiSnap 2000 is compatible with a wide range of popular camera models. All of the Nikon Coolpix cameras are compatible, with the exception of the 775, 2000, 2500, and 3100. All Olympus models which incorporate a serial port are believed to be compatible.
The DigiSnap 2000 uses a single AAA battery, will fit into small pockets of camera bags, comes with a 1 year warranty and personal support from Mark and Deborah at Harbortronics.
- Advanced Time Lapse (time of day triggering)
- Reduced feature set for simpler cameras
- User configurable switch functions
- E-mailed firmware upgrades
|Size & Weight|
|Size:||2.45" x 1.8" x .9"|
|Weight:||1.745 Oz (49.4 g)|
Harbortronics Serial Cable
The DigiSnap 2000 series requires a serial connection to utilize the shutter release. Many compatible digital cameras come with the required serial cable, except the Nikon CP990, 995, 880, 885, 4300, 4500, 5000, 5400, 5700, and 8700. A serial cable for these cameras must be purchased separately. If your camera is not listed, please check our compatibility page for the required connector. (Compare to the Nikon Brand (SC-EW3 $30).)
The FastSnap feature improves the responsiveness of the camera / controller in some limited applications. When FastSnap is enabled, the camera is set to the Half-Press state immediately after each image is taken, so that when the DigiSnap is subsequently triggered, the shutter is released very quickly (on the order of 1/10 sec). Note that this feature is only supported by cameras that use extended protocol, such as the later models of the Nikon Coolpix series. Most applications permit the photographer to control the Half and Full press states of the camera manually, or do not require the minimum trigger delay. FastSnap was developed in particular for sports photography, where a camera & DigiSnap might be mounted behind a basketball backboard, and triggered via an RF slave, such as the PocketWizard.
External Power Mod
Most DigiSnap 2000 models use an internal AAA alkaline battery. This may not be enough power for long term time-lapse applications. The external power modification substitutes a rechargable alkaline battery, and provides an AC wall adapter to keep it charged. Note that the DigiSnap 2500 and 2800 can be powered from an external regulated 5V supply, and the 2800 can also be powered from an unregulated 6V - 16V power source.
If you have a Palm/ HandSpring computer that you would like to use for advanced configuration of your DigiSnap 2x00, select this option and we'll modify your DigiSnap. You will be able to connect your DigiSnap, using the hot sync cable, with no other adapters.
Low Temperature Modification
The DigiSnap has been used in many applications to well below freezing, but for operation to about -25C, we can modify the DigiSnap, substituting some temperature sensitive components.
The MultiSnap feature causes the camera to take multiple (1..255) pictures each time the DigiSnap is triggered manually, or during time-lapse operations. This allows use of the Auto-Bracketing feature of the Coolpix cameras! It is also often used for motion control applications, such as with the Snap360.
RC Switch Modification
A number of customers use the DigiSnap to control cameras mounted on small blimps, large kites, and RC controlled airplanes and helicopters. We can modify any of the DigiSnap 2000 controllers with an additional 6 pin cable, for connection to a set of 'RC Switches'. These are devices connected to a standard RC receiver which provide simple switch outputs, rather than the normal servo type signal. This then allows for radio remote operation of the camera system from the ground, allowing control over 5 different functions.
STL Preface Feature
This feature is useful for a limited number of applications, such as underwater time-lapse photography. In some applications, a long initial delay is desired between triggering the DigiSnap, and the actual start of the picture sequence. When STL Preface is enabled, the DigiSnap will take 5 pictures at an interval of 20 seconds immediately after the time-lapse operation is triggered, as a verification that the camera system is functioning.
Configuring the DigiSnap with a Windows PC
Your computer can act as a terminal to configure the Digisnap. This guide describes how, and includes a configuration file for HyperTerm:
DigiSnap Terminal Guide
Need to configure a Digisnap with a Mac?
Read the Mac support page and download our custom terminal emulator for Mac, DigisnapTerminal.app.