Panasonic Still & Video Camera Traps (Panasonic GH4, GH5, G80 etc.)
In theory, Panasonic micro four thirds (mft) cameras like the GH4 and GH5 should be well suited for use in camera traps; they are small, take high quality stills, shoot 4k video and are compatible with a wide range of excellent micro four thirds lenses. Panasonic cameras are also compatible with our Wireless Flash Triggers so you can easily trigger Nikon flashes for still photography.
However, Panasonic cameras have a quirk which means using them in a camera trap set-up can be problematic…
Panasonic Wake-up Issue
In order, to conserve battery life it is usually necessary to allow the camera to auto-power down or “sleep” between detections. Panasonic cameras have an economy setting that enables the camera to enter sleep mode after a minute of inactivity. When the camera is sleeping, it can be woken by pressing the shutter button to take a photo. However, the problem with Panasonic cameras is that they cannot be woken via a wired shutter release cable. A camera trap sensor can only wake and trigger the camera via the remote socket.
So what is the solution?
We have created a prototype adapter that uses the battery grip contacts to wake and trigger Panasonic cameras. Using these adapters, cameras such as the GH4 and GH5 will work very well in a 4k video camera trap set-up, even when the camera’s sleep mode is enabled.
If you would like to beta test our new GH4 or GH5 adapter you can order prototype units with a connecting cable for GBP £59 + VAT.
Please get in touch if you would like further information.