clickPAN is a range of devices for triggering the shutter of cameras and
operating a servo motor together. Originally designed for autoKAP where a camera
is allowed to rotate and take pictures whilst flying below a kite, they can be
used with kites, balloons, and any application where a camera is
"hung" in a location where the operator cannot access the
This technique allows a very small and lightweight "rig" to be
created. It also generates many images, not all in the intended direction,
but this does often results in some great surprises.
Large memory cards can easily handle the images produced, even during RAW shooting.
clickPAN provides the electronic heart of these systems, you need to add the
mechanical "rig" to hold the servo and camera. If you would rather buy
a kit of parts look at www.brooxes.com or www.kapshop.com
There are 5 basic types of clickPAN:
allows basic pan and shutter control of cameras that can be triggered with
- clickPAN-USB allows basic pan and shutter control of
some Canon, Nikon, and Ricoh cameras via the USB socket,
- clickPAN-SERVO allows basic pan and shutter control of
any camera. Control of the shutter is achieved by adding a second servo as
a "finger" above the shutter release.
- clickPAN-SDM is a much more powerful device but
physically similar. It allows 2 servos to be controlled from a
"script" running inside SDM compatible cameras.
- clickPAN-PRO is the most powerful device with
many switchable configurations for pan servo, tilt servo and shutter (servo, IR and CHDK).
If you are not sure what clickPAN is for you, this Kite
Aerial Photography example may be a good place to start.