My organization is starting a major construction project, anticipated to take about 4 years. We'll be using a Nikon D5300's interval capability to capture high-resolution, high-quality images for archival and documentation purposes.
We would also like to be able to monitor the progress remotely over the internet by using a webcam or other camera (under $200) that can take good-quality still images and upload them automatically to our server (or email them) via WiFi. More specifics after the click.
It's probably a pretty simple problem to solve, but my searches are either giving me information overload, or not enough specific information. So I'm looking for first (or second) - hand experience with specific cameras. The Wirecutter's recommended I.P. camera
looks good, but I'm not clear on whether it can do what we need with still images. And we can't use their offered cloud storage for video for security reasons.
This previous question
mentions some Canon Powershot models, but new ones are over the budget and I'm 99% sure my organization does not want to buy used.
- Interval setting
- We want to have the camera shoot a still image every X number of minutes, not rely on motion detection.
- Images need NOT to be over a few megapixels
- Our Nikon D5300 will be getting the high resolution images, so this camera needs to only capture 3 to 5 megapixel images; enough to view on a computer screen with reasonable detail.
- Need NOT be weatherproof
- Project will take place indoors with adequate lighting
- Needs to run from AC power, if possible
- Power and UPS will be available at location.
- Does not have to be a webcam
- We could use a point-and-shoot or whatever will work, as long as it performs as needed. Many cameras advertise "WiFi" capability, but (like the Nikon D5300) it's only useful for connecting to a smart phone or tablet, or sending images on command, not automatically.
- Needs to do all of this with very little hands-on human intervention after initial setup
- We'll be swapping the Nikon D5300's SD card every 2 or 3 weeks. We'd like to not have to mess with the "live" camera any more than that. Obviously, changing setting over the internet is fine, but do not want to have to make hands-on adjustments.