One alternative is to use a standard digital camera. Again, previously Cannon provided good support for remote capture and USB streaming, but this is something they seem to have dropped again.
There are a few options out there for those who are looking for tethered camera capturing via USB:
- CHDK the Cannon Hack Development Kit supports a number of cannon cameras with a range of possible features. Again, difficult to find support for a current model.
- BreezeSys provide a number of software tools for Cannon cameras, again only older models but if your really looking to do some specialized setup then this might be worth the effort.
- Canon Official Camera SDK is a good option, but unfortunately only the older models are supported.
- Olympus SDK supports a good range of cameras, unfortunately the only currently supported cameras are the more expensive DSLR range.
- Pine Tree Camera Controller is a Windows GUI for the Olympus interface.
- Nikon Camera Control (Windows) provides tethered control for Nikon DSLR cameras. (See also DIY Nikon)
- SofortBuild is Mac OSX software for remote capture with Nikon cameras, but unfortunately only for the more expensive "D" series.
- GPhoto is some linux software for remote capture from a wide range of Cameras. Unfortunately, none that I own. This is probably the best bet though.
- Entangle a front end to Gphoto for Linux.
If anyone has any suggestions for a cheap camcorder/camera that can provide firewire or USB streaming, please let me know!