Micro-Robotics Snap Camera EV1

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This small camera connects to a BBC Micro computer system and allows you to view and save still images or short videos. It connects to the BBC Micro user port and can be tripod mounted. The focus is manually adjusted and the exposure time is controllable through software. According to the manual, the sensor used in the camera is overly sensitive in the red end of the spectrum and has a small blind spot in the centre of the image. These are inherent to the sensor chip used.

Provided with the camera are the following programs:

  • "EV1": which provides an example of reading live images from the camera, as well as adjusting the exposure time. It also allows for printing the currently displayed image.
  • "MOVIE": allows you to record and replay a sequence of frames to create short films or animated sequences.
  • "GREY": Displays images in 8 levels of greyscale instead of black-and-white, at the cost of reduced refresh rate.
  • "SECURE": Detects changes between a stored picture and the scene currently in front of the camera.
  • "ARTY": Allows you to compose pictures on the screen and adjust their colour, position, and ways of overlapping.
  • "OBJECT": Provides a sophisticated method for recognising objects.
The manual also covers industrial applications of electronic vision; suggested projects; an overview of the camera's optics; principles of operation for the sensor chip; and service routines for image processing.

Date : 1984

Manufacturer : Micro-Robotics

Physical Description : Polystyrene packaging, lid and base Camera Pentax-110 lenses brochure Disc, in paper sleeve EV1 Program listings booklet The Snap Camera Manual

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH32460. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

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