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    Default Micro-Camera Development & WTF Moment

    If you've shopped for cameras to put in locomotives you know that many "spy cams" don't work well because of the shape. Designed to be "button cams" or sit behind clock faces and so on they are very flat and wide. Too wide for N-scale locomotives. We need cameras that are long and narrow, which exist but are less common.

    So today I saw an example in this Reddit Thread of a camera hidden in a phillips head screw. Now, we don't need it in a screw, but this is absolutely the right sort of form factor for hiding a camera in a locomotive. This particular one isn't wireless, but could be wired to a wireless transmitter board relatively easily. I'm trying to locate a source for the one in the original picture.

    However, there is a WTF moment. Someone found a similar (but slightly different) listing on amazon.com. The fourth picture with that listing shows the screw in a bathroom stall divider. Seriously? The seller is going to market it that way? Amazon is letting that picture stay up?

    Apparently many of the reviews referencing this are fake, posted by redactors after seeing this listing, so I'm attempting to take those as funny and not infuriating.
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    I found an eBay listing for one that could be very interesting for DIY folks here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ultrasmall-s...a/221959404104

    I suspect there's a lot of large diesels where that could easily be hidden behind the window in the cab without any significant modifications. The main trick is running the three wires say out the back to a boxcar behind with the transmitter in it. It's too bad no one makes dummy locomotives anymore, they would be perfect for this application.
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    This one is also interesting, 1cm x 1cm x 4cm, and could probably be made smaller if the shrink wrap was cut off.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Color-0-008L...-/300773855977
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    And a 5.8Ghz model that looks pretty small: http://www.ebay.com/itm/5-8G-Wireles...-/290833604226
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    I have been keeping an eye out for mini cameras. Many of the low end models are affordable but I have heard quality is inconsistent from over seas suppliers. There are a few threads here regarding "spy" cams. Most modelers tend to build a special car to mount the camera. Higher quality costs a lot more but seems to deliver a much better image.

    Are you looking to watch live or just record a journey?

    A bit pricier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwBZ-5Gbg5s

    Lower quality(?): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03UfNHdk7Xs

    Crisper Sony:

    This whole market has become more competitive due to GoPro, etc and DIY sport videos, drones, etc....
    I would tend to lean towards one of the bigger companies vs the possible over sea disappointments.

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...pv_camera.html
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._light_hd.html
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...hd_action.html

    I am sure others have had success though and could share practical experiences.
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    What about a front facing camera from a cell phone?
    Did someone say whitcomb?

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    The cell phone and othe camera are easily small enough. If you look at the eBay pictures the sensor is teeny. It's the additional logic to make it work on a circuit board that takes up the space.

    Those higher res ones are nice, but way too large. I have one that fits on a flat car today, but the holy grail is hidden in an engine powered from the DCC track. I don't want anyone to be able to tell it is inside. We're very close to that with some of these cameras, just need to do some engineering to fit it in a shell.
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