KAP Electronics


Over the past years some very talented KAP-ers have developed special devices for use with KAP. This page sums them up, explains their main features and links to more information where available.

These devices can be sorted into two main groups:
  • Camera control: These devices can control camera functions. Depending on camera make and model varying functions can be controlled. For most camera's this will be limited to controlling focus and shutter release. In some cases more functionality can be controlled (e.g. zoom, aperture)
  • Rig control: These devices control pan and tilt, and using the aid of camera control devices it is possible to remotely take a picture.

Camera control


James Gentles created a serie of small devices to control camera functions via a regular RC-transmitter or a regular switch. These devices can also be used in combination with the Rig controls in the next chapter.
These are:
  • GentLED Shutter, basic solution for triggering  stills camera's with IR capabilities
  • GentLED LiveVIEW, for Canon camera's with live view. triggering stills and video with just one device
  • GentLED Zoom, allows to change the zoom via an extra RC channel
  • GentLED Focus, 
  • GebtLED CHDK
  • GentLED Ricoh
  • GentLED Serial
  • GentLED Auto(FINGER)

Rig control


The Auto RiController wil operate servo's for Tilt, Pan and Shutter on a KAP-rig without user imput. (other than selecting a mode and switching it on..)

It has various programs for panning the camera, panning and tilting the camera and has settings for various interval modes shutter release, ranging from 2 seconds to 4 minutes.

The AuRiCo will work with any major brand standard servo. Depending on the servo's it will operate on 1 lipo cell or 4 AA(A) batteries.


The CAMremote-2A (CR-2A) is highly integrated miniature remote control devices for cameras and camcorders. Several digital cameras/camcorders have a remote control feature which utilizes the USB port, an infrared signal or Remote Control Port.

The CAMremote is an USB On-the-Go device which has USB host and device functionality.  It can control the camera's remote features like:
  • shutter
  • zoom
  • aperture/shutter speed values, etc. 
CAMremote has an integrated intervalometer which will trigger the camera automatically after a predefined time. The  infrared support of the CAMremote can be used with cameras where no USB remote control feature is available but which have an infrared sensor. The Remote Port support can be used mostly with SLR-cameras which has dedicated port for remote control.

Using Graphical User Interface software which runs on Windows operating systems, CAMremote can store settings for up to seven different camera and/or servo motor configurations. Switching between stored settings is accomplished by pressing an onboard button or remotely using radio control.


DuneCam™ is a portable system for remote control and monitoring of a camera. Although designed for low altitude aerial photography, DuneCam™ can be used in other situations where there is a need to point and trigger a camera remotely.

DuneCam™ simplifies the process of remotely controlling a camera. With its small, highly integrated controller, you can point your camera, trigger the shutter and monitor a video image from up to 1 km (3000 ft) away.

DuneCam™ has three channels of motion control, designed for controlling standard R/C servo motors. The camera's shutter can be triggered by a servo channel, infrared (if your camera supports it) or a switch closure (if your camera supports it). Very powerful remote camera functions are possible for Canon cameras running CHDK.

The DuneCam™ handheld controller has been custom designed just for this purpose and is quick and simple to use, yet powerful enough to give you the control you need. Its sunlight-readable display eliminates the need for sun shields and hoods that other systems require for outdoor use.

Its user interface was designed to quickly and easily control the remote camera without distracting attention from operating the kite, balloon, helicopter, or pole used to loft an aerial camera.



More work to be done here obviously. I prefer to keep this page as an intro page, with a short explanation for each item, linking to the device's wiki-page with a bit more detailed information.   
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