motion detection for insect study

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motion detection for insect study

My son's doing a pollinator study in wild orchids. It would be very useful to have a camera with motion-triggered shutter and/or video. I'm curious what the options are.

I've seen some high-end camera traps, but it would be nice to have something cheap so that we could set up several, and not worry too much about falling trees and other hazards.

Trail cams probably don't work - we have one, but it won't focus close, and the PIR sensor doesn't work on small bugs.

The only easy option I'm aware of is a Canon P&S with the CHDK hack, as here:

https://vimeo.com/155990347

I used to use CHDK with an A650is and it was great. Unfortunately I no longer have it.

So ... 2 questions ....

Is there a newer Canon P&S that's readily available (Ebay?), cheap and particularly suitable?

Are there any alternatives to CHDK? Other hacks or cameras with native abilities?

Thanks.

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