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Hacking an Olympus Mju 300 Camera
Olympus Mju 300 Digital Cameras are 3.2MP cameras that are suprisingly good cameras to hack up, they have 3x optical zooms, Li-ion batteries, accept XD cards (slightly annoying) and have IR remotes. But the best thing is that the on/off switch (which is activated by sliding the cover back) breaks very easily, these models end up on ebay - however this is easily fixed.
Open the camera up and glue the on/off switch continuously on so that you just insert the battery to turn the camera on.
Instead of directly interfacing with the shutter switch which often bricks the camera we are going to hack up the IR remote instead.
Opening the Camera
Step 6 - Careful pull everything apart, avoid touching the capacitor (its quite well hidden in this model), the on/off switch is just above the IR receiver, a blob of super glue can keep this stuck down and always on.
Step 7 - This is the IR transmitter, I haven't yet adapted it but the plan is to bypass the on switch with a wire soldered between so that the transmitter is always on and remove the 3v cell instead replace this with power supplied by a GPIO. Just turn the GPIO on, it powers the transmitter which triggers the camera to take the picture.