Wanted to give an update after talking about the camera at the meeting last night.
I am trying to organize and raise money for a long term webcam solution. I chose the P900 because of the extreme zoom and have it working at www.paraglidetandem.com/webcam.html
The costs for the current setup are as follows:
Nikon P900: ORDER PLACED June 10, 2017 TOTAL $600.93
Raspberry Pi 3: ORDER PLACED June 10, 2017 TOTAL $38.99
Raspberry Pi Case : $16.99
I am archiving all photos and displaying on the website. The internet, location, and raspberry pi are reliable and I expect them to work for many years. The life limited part is the camera. I attached some googled info on shutter actuation life expectancy but it looks like somewhere 100-200 thousand range. If I let it run as it has, shooting a photo every 5 minutes all day everyday, the same will only last a little over a year or so. Bumping it down to 10 min or stopping capture at night could potential lengthen the life another year or two. I would love to get any input on rate of capture etc.
This camera is going back next week no matter what. We need a replacement camera ASAP or it will go offline. The list of cameras I can support/control is available here http://gphoto.org/proj/libgphoto2/support.php
At min I think we need something on this list with a 60x+ optical zoom. digital zoom will not work.
A vote will be taken at next meeting to see if the club is interested in supporting the P900 or another camera, the camera will be going offline next week until a replacement is found. Thanks for the camera suggestions, donations, or input.
"How many shutter actuations do the manufacturers claim?
There are a few things you'll want to know about the life of your shutter. First of all, the camera manufacturers publicize the shutter rating of the camera. Most entry-level DSLR cameras are only rated at 100,000 shutter actuations. Mid and high-end cameras have more durable shutters that are rated up to between 150,000 and 300,000 actuations.
How many shutter actuations to most photographers actually achieve?
In my experience and from what I have seen from other photographers online, most shutters make or surpass the 100,000 or 150,000 mark without any problem whatsoever, but it seems that few cameras actually make it to the 300,000 shutter actuations even on the cameras that are rated to that number. Fortunately for the manufacturers, most photographers don't press the shutter button that many times during the warranty period anyway, so they don't have to back up their claims of how many shutter actuations it can handle. (Perhaps I should add this point to my camera manufacturer whine list?)"