Mounting camera into a camera trap box

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Michael Meissner
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Re: Mounting camera into a camera trap box

If you only have a limited set of tools, you could put a quick release on the base of the box with a slide plate, and use the slide plate to adjust the camera + lens.  You would attach the quick release with screws through the bottom of the box. Here two from ebay:

If you make the back of your box removable, you can slide the camera out with it on the plate, and then remove the plate to change batteries/memory card.

If you have a woodworking shop with a router, I imagine you could do:

  • Make two parallel cuts in the bottom of your box.
  • Then put a 1/2" piece of plywood under the camera.
  • Drill a 1/4" hole for the tripod socket screw (I would drill a 1/2" or 3/4" hole about 1/4" down in the wood, so that the 1/2" screw is flush with the bottom of the wood).
  • Drill holes in your wood to match the parallel cuts in the base of the box.
  • Add 2 1" or longer screws with wingnuts that fit through your plywood, and the bottom of the box.
  • Add a wooden stop peg or piece of wood in front of the camera to prevent it from twisting.
  • Have removable back.  Or have the side removable, and just have the back long enough that you can slide the camera out and then remove it.

A simpler alternative might be use the router to make a 1/4" cut in the base, and then use an appropriate sized 1/4-20" screw to anchor the camera, and undo the screw to adjust position or remove the camera. I suspect it may be hard to get it tight enough to lock the camera in place with only one screw.

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