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Raspberry Pi Integration Makes DSLRs Smarter

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Irish photographer bakes up a Raspberry Pi battery grip.

As any professional photographer will tell you, DSLR battery grips may be large and bulky, but they are a necessity. In addition to providing much needed battery power for hours of photographing, Dave Hunt's custom-made battery grip features a fully-functional Raspberry Pi computer for a variety of neat purposes.The Irish photographer created the device in order to automatically and wirelessly push his photos to his iPad for easy viewing. In addition to instantly sending photos to his iPad, the Raspberry Pi allows Dave to control his camera remotely, perform rapid image format conversions and automatically create time-lapse sequences.

Raspberry Pi Battery Grip


But the best part about the device? You can make it yourself thanks to Dave's blog detailing the entire DIY process of the hack. If you've got your hands on an elusive slice of Raspberry Pi and are feeling creative, head on over to the blog to have a go.

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    joytech22 , August 22, 2012 8:29 PM
    excuseme02Ok..am I the only one who is annoyed that the article keeps referencing Raspberry Pi like its some sort of new software or peripheral product only to find out its just the stupid name for this thing some guy cobbled together?


    It really is just you I assume.

    Anyway.. The Pi just keeps coming up with more and more fun things to do with it and with the new gert board things will just get even more interesting.
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    huron , August 22, 2012 8:24 PM
    I had assumed that it was the Raspberry Pi that he had taken and found a great use for the tiny computer.

    Honestly, I love the Raspberry Pi stories...it's awesome to see what people are doing with a tiny hackable computer.
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    cscott_it , August 22, 2012 8:57 PM
    excuseme02Ok..am I the only one who is annoyed that the article keeps referencing Raspberry Pi like its some sort of new software or peripheral product only to find out its just the stupid name for this thing some guy cobbled together?


    I think the problem is that you don't know much about the Raspberry Pi or you have something entirely different envisioned for it. Personally I think it's pretty neat what he has managed to do with that little thing.
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    huron , August 22, 2012 8:24 PM
    I had assumed that it was the Raspberry Pi that he had taken and found a great use for the tiny computer.

    Honestly, I love the Raspberry Pi stories...it's awesome to see what people are doing with a tiny hackable computer.
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    joytech22 , August 22, 2012 8:29 PM
    excuseme02Ok..am I the only one who is annoyed that the article keeps referencing Raspberry Pi like its some sort of new software or peripheral product only to find out its just the stupid name for this thing some guy cobbled together?


    It really is just you I assume.

    Anyway.. The Pi just keeps coming up with more and more fun things to do with it and with the new gert board things will just get even more interesting.
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    cscott_it , August 22, 2012 8:57 PM
    excuseme02Ok..am I the only one who is annoyed that the article keeps referencing Raspberry Pi like its some sort of new software or peripheral product only to find out its just the stupid name for this thing some guy cobbled together?


    I think the problem is that you don't know much about the Raspberry Pi or you have something entirely different envisioned for it. Personally I think it's pretty neat what he has managed to do with that little thing.
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    climberhunt , August 22, 2012 9:12 PM
    Just to clarify, the grip doesn't have a Pi "in addition" to supplying power to the camera. It removes the existing grip internals to make room for the computer and it's battery. The camera is powered by it's existing battery, and the Pi is powered by it's own battery in the grip. Two separate entities.
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    saidge , August 22, 2012 9:15 PM
    Quote:
    Ok..am I the only one who is annoyed that the article keeps referencing Raspberry Pi like its some sort of new software or peripheral product only to find out its just the stupid name for this thing some guy cobbled together?


    It is not 'just the stupid name for this thing some guy cobbled together'. Raspberry Pi itself has nothing to do with this gentleman's invention. The Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive ($25-35) caseless, credit card sized ARM based computer system that is impressively powerful given it's price and size.

    This is what one man has done with this incredible little piece of hardware, and I applaud him for it.

    Please do a little research before posting nonsense...
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    mesab66 , August 22, 2012 9:28 PM
    +1

    Luckily for humanity, we have enough folk like this using tools of our trade such as creativity and ingenuity to keep giving us hope.
    Luckily for humanity, troglodites like excuseme02 haven't yet pushed us irreversibly towards....etc.


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    alidan , August 23, 2012 1:06 AM
    in before a buisness sees this as a great idea, and makes their own solution, charges 500+ for it and locks the process from happening with anything but their batteries.

    that said, how long do you think it will take for a retail version of something like this to pop up? and how over priced do you think it will be.
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    Anonymous , August 23, 2012 7:45 AM
    "Just to clarify, the grip doesn't have a Pi "in addition" to supplying power to the camera. It removes the existing grip internals to make room for the computer and it's battery. The camera is powered by it's existing battery, and the Pi is powered by it's own battery in the grip. Two separate entities."

    just a tiny clarification, the battery grip fits inside and occupies part of the the battery space in the camera.
    canon retail would make you pay ~400$?

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    GreaseMonkey_62 , August 23, 2012 1:11 PM
    Pretty creative. I like it.
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    excuseme02 , August 23, 2012 4:05 PM
    mesab66+1Luckily for humanity, we have enough folk like this using tools of our trade such as creativity and ingenuity to keep giving us hope. Luckily for humanity, troglodites like excuseme02 haven't yet pushed us irreversibly towards....etc.



    I think the word you're looking for mesab66 is [troglodytes]. and +1 to you for being so brazen on an online forum! I applaud your gall sir.
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    excuseme02 , August 23, 2012 4:10 PM
    saidgeIt is not 'just the stupid name for this thing some guy cobbled together'. Raspberry Pi itself has nothing to do with this gentleman's invention. The Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive ($25-35) caseless, credit card sized ARM based computer system that is impressively powerful given it's price and size.This is what one man has done with this incredible little piece of hardware, and I applaud him for it. Please do a little research before posting nonsense...


    I'll agree I should have at least googled what Raspberry PI is but for a neophyte who knew nothing of its existence or what it really is the articles headline and body assume all users know what it is. But anyway, thanks for helping my lazy ass out!
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    eddieroolz , August 24, 2012 12:25 AM
    I wasn't sure what all this hype around Raspberry Pi was about, but now I understand. As an aspiring photographer this is a brilliant application of Pi.
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    okibrian , June 16, 2013 5:09 PM
    That's pretty cool, but I can do the same thing with my $29 eye-fi card. You can setup an ad hoc connection between your eye-fi card and device (iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac...) snap pictures and in about 5 seconds it shows up full screen on your device.