Odds are, your lawn has a secret life you do not know about. Your crops go too slowly for you to see how they grow and move. And wildlife likely will not come around when you are out there watching.
Fortunately, there are ways to see what’s happening, as a result of special cameras that allow you to see what you normally can’t.
The Bird Photo Booth is a weatherproof housing to get a camera you already possess so you can take amazing, close-up pictures and videos of all birds in your own backyard.
Bird Photo Booth – $149.99
Especially, it can hold either an iPhone or even a GoPro camera (it includes foam inserts for holding the camera in just the right place). The camera peeks out via the Bird Photo Booth’s macro lens. You have to use either iPhone or even GoPro apps or equipment to take remote photos. Some iPhone apps allow you to remotely watch through an iPad exactly what the telephone discovers, then snap the pictures or record videos from the iPad. The newest GoPro, known as the Hero3, has an iOS app remote, which connects to the camera through Wi-Fi.
The Bird Photo Booth website lists a broad array of options for how to capture videos and photos and socialize with all the birds. A number of these involve watching throughout the camera live, even from within the house. Other people take advantage of motion detection — if there’s movement out there in front of the camera, it begins taking pictures or video.
The website even proposes utilizing Apple’s FaceTime apps — you really have a videoconference using birds, which means that you can see and hear them and they can see and hear you! The Bird Photo Booth kit comes with a stainless steel perch and an attachable feeding bowl.
OutbackCam – $149.99
The Swann OutbackCam camera is a watertight, ruggedized camera which takes pictures or videos when motion is detected in your backyard. So every time a raccoon, an owl, a deer, a bear or even your neighbor’s cat comes stomping through your lawn, you will automatically capture an image or video of it when it gets to the camera’s field of view.
Powered by four AA batteries, the OutbackCam retains a 2-gigabyte SD card also has the capability to take 2-megapixel pictures or 30-frame-per-second video in darkness, due to an infrared attribute. The picture and video file names indicate the date and time and even moon period once the pictures were recorded.
Just set it and forget it. Afterwards you can come back, catch the SD card, then insert it in your PC and watch your own private Discovery Channel.
GardenWatchCam – $139.95
The Brinno GardenWatchCam can capture a video of the life of the crops — in plant time. Meaning time-lapse photography spanning months — the entire life cycle of your flowers or garden crops. It has seven settings to how frequently pictures are recorded, such as one picture every one, five or 30 minutes or a single, four or 24 hours or a user-determined rate. At the end of the season, the GardenWatchCam will create a 1280×1024 AVI file on its 2-gigabyte flash drive, which you can watch on any pc.
The GardenWatchCam will not take pictures in low light or in darkness. A light sensor turns off the camera at night. It runs on 4 AA batteries, which power the camera for up to six weeks, as stated by the manufacturer.
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