The numbered components on the above photographs are as follows:
1. Light sensor
This has a programmable trigger level; it triggers on either an increasing or decreasing light level, except for at the two extremes of the range.
2. Socket for output port to drive water valve (3.5mm).
This output delivers programmable logic pulses, either singly or in pairs, which can be used to drive a water valve. If the user wishes to utilize this output, SnaperturePro can provide custom-designed equipment for this purpose.
3. Infra Red motion sensor.
This sensor detects motion in its vicinity and can be programmed to trigger at the detection of motion or when all motion ceases.
4. Range finder
When using this sensor, you will be asked to enter the range at which you want it to trigger, and the tolerance that you want applied to the range. This will give an upper and lower distance from target, at which the camera will trigger. For precise ranging, to cm accuracy, a tolerance of zero is entered.
5. Socket for camera remote cable (2.5mm).
When you first purchase your Snaperture, you will be asked to select from a range of camera remote cables. Select a cable to fit the remote socket of your camera. Check to ensure that your camera can operate with a remote cable. These cables can be bought separately, so that your Snaperture can be used with all your suitable cameras.
6. Sound sensor.
This microphone unit has a programmable trigger level; it triggers on either an increasing or decreasing sound level, except for at the two extremes of the range.
7. Socket for flash PC cable (3.5mm).
This socket houses a cable that terminates in a PC plug, suitable for firing a strobe. Check to ensure that your flash unit has a PC connector.
8. On/Off switch.
As per convention, the up position is ON.
When entering data for triggering the input sensors, numbers 1, 3, 4 and 6, the user is prompted to enter a value for the delay which follows the sensor triggering. This delay ranges from zero to ten seconds, in millisecond increments.
Another unique feature of Snaperture is its internal RTC (real time clock). This device allows for triggering the camera at a specific time, triggering at specific intervals and long exposures. All the information is programmed in advance, so the camera can be capturing images of the stars while you sleep.
Such “intervalometers” are usually sold as add-ons by our competitors, and carry a significant cost. This is also true of the input sensors, which competing devices can use only singly, rather than in combination.
Snaperture is truly the wisest choice, in terms of design, quality, functionality, ease of use and aesthetics.