Multiple still cameras for scientific position monitoring

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unitary_binary New Member • Posts: 4
Multiple still cameras for scientific position monitoring

I'm a scientist that has a project where I want to use a collection (3-5) of still cameras to calibrate the motion of a few devices that are operated remotely. The measurements will be taken in a region of relatively high radiation---high enough that humans shouldn't spend a lot of time there, but low enough that electronics should be ok. The controls for the motion are about 25m away and behind concrete shielding, but wifi, ethernet, and other wired connections to cameras are available/possible.

The ideal situation is that I use relatively low-cost cameras (<$500 each) that are remotely triggered by computer and pictures sent back, but just triggering would be enough as timestamps could be used to match photos/positions. I would like the cameras to be in autofocus mode, so there is no need to truly "tether" as I shouldn't need to control anything besides the shutter operation. The distance from the camera to the motion I'm measuring is about 30 cm (12 inches) and I'd like high enough resolution that I can see distance changes of millimeter scale (~1/32") which eliminates most PoE security cameras from the hunt.

Any ideas or suggestions for a somewhat strange sort of request?  Any guidance is greatly appreciated!

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