CVS camera: Hacked

I hacked the CVS disposable camera tonight. It was kind of fun, aside from the fact that I totally suck at soldering. I used the instructions at Make and Hack a Day.



Instructions are all over the place to hack this camera, so it's not like I was doing any actual exploration, but I've never done a much hardware hacking, so this was a fun little project. I highly recommend the Make instructions.



Tips for anyone thinking of doing this:


  1. Get a good soldering iron. Mine blows, but it cost $5. You get what you pay for.

  2. Practice soldering on something you don't care about. My first and only experience soldering was this project.

  3. eBay is your friend. Aside from the camera, which I found on sale, the Palm connecter can be had on eBay for less than $10 shipped.

  4. Don't expect too much. It's a $25 camcorder. The quality is so-so. Our house is a little dark and the picture quality isn't great. It's a nifty little toy, but that's about it.

  5. Pets hate camcorders. At least ours do.

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