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    Default Concealing a board cam for handheld or body-worn use

    I'm looking for some ideas on concealing a board camera (pinhole or slightly larger) inside an object that a person might be carrying or wearing in an outdoor setting, like a water bottle, backpack, hiking pole, or jacket.

    I prefer to get close shots of my subjects, and while I do love focusing on the good stuff (ass, cameltoe, etc...), for me, having a face that goes along with the body is absolutely essential, therefore, my encounters tend to be up close and personal and so run at a bit of a risk. Despite that risk, what I have going for me is that I have ice-water in my veins and have no problem remaining casual and natural in what should be a high-pressure situation.

    Problem is, I'm not very creative. If I don't settle on some grand way to conceal this into an object, I might just hide the board cam in my hand as-is, in my fist, and aim it out at them from under my thumb. I need to have good manual control over camera positioning.

    Anyone who has "been there done that" and could tell me what worked the best? Sewing it into position in some fabric might be a good idea, but into what? A hat? A shirt? I could try a few things but I don't what to reinvent the wheel if I don't have to. What say ye?

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    Do you have a picture of this board camera? What type of power supply does it require and how big is it?

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    Thanks for the reply.
    This is the camera -> https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/camera-module-v2/

    I will be able to extend the cable as long as I need, so the power supply and the pi can go inside a backpack or jacket pocket. Of course, if I hide the camera inside an object, there will be a wire running from the object to wherever I end up storing the pi and power bank, which is probably not ideal.

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    Well, the good news is that it has a flat ribbon cable that would not leave too much of a print under a shirt due to it being flat. The bad news is that ribbon cables are notorious from breaking easily if they are bent and manipulated too much.

    Also, that ribbon cable is carrying non-differential signals which means there is a smaller theoretical limit for how long the cable can be before noise and voltage drops cause the board to malfunction. You'll just have to play it by ear and try a few things out to see what works best.

    If you haven't seen it already, I did a thread about the C270 web cam which might be of interest to you. It is a Logitec webcam that can be taken out of its case to produce a board cam very much like what you have. It is small and thin (about the size of a pack of wriggley's gum). You can plug it into an Android phone. The good thing about it is that it already comes with about a 5 foot cable that is very flexible. So you can put it anywhere and then run the fairly small cable up a sleeve into something you hold in your hand.

    Basically, your system has he same exact options as the C270 does. You have a board camera with a cable that must be run to a recording device (in your case, the Raspberry Pi). So your options are limited if you want to get something in your hand that you can manipulate. It would probably be easier to try and rig something up that his the camera in a backpack strap with the Raspberry Pi in the backpack itself. But you'll have to get creative.

    There is no doubt that someone else will come along and tell you that the perfect camera for this type of thing is one of the 808 style keychain fob cameras. And they might be right.

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    Thanks for the tips. Working it into one of the backpack straps may be the way to go. Maybe I could get one of those hydration backpacks and run the line down the hydration tube and affix the camera to the end of that.

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    the raspberry camera works with 2 meter ribbon cable without problems.
    the advantage is that you have a full working linux on the pi where you can program nasty stuff.
    if you want it small in size and power consumption the raspberry zero w should do the work, otherwise use the pi3.

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    Unfortunately the pi camera v2 is a shit. Did a video test and it was so blurry I smashed my camera with a rock. Maybe that should have been expected since it is a fixed-focus lens. I need to look into a different camera to attach to it, like maybe the webcam johnnybravado7487 mentions.

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    mh the first shipment of version 2 cameras was not really focused well but you can adjust it yourself with a pair of tongs

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