Accessible Photography – Switch Accessible Camera

Hi, Karl here again from Enable Irelands National
Assistive technology training service. While writing a post about accessible photography
for the ATandME blog (there is a link to that below) which was mainly concerned with the
possibilities offered by the Sony DSC QX10 (you can see that see video here- put in annotation
link), I mentioned the Switch Adapted Digital Camera which is available from a number of
AT Suppliers. I really only brought it up as part of the background to the piece and
to illustrate how much better the new solution using the QX10 was however after dusting it
off and considering what it offers I decided to make this video, just in case anybody hasn’t
seen it before. Because there really are some advantages to using this product and we’ll
discuss that later. The Switch Box, which we are looking at now
connects the switch to the camera. It is the most important part of this solution and can
be purchased separately from some suppliers if you happen to have a compatible camera
already. The camera itself is usually Canon Powershot of some sort. Basically a budget
point and shoot type camera. The camera is not adapted in any way it is just connected
to the switch box we saw a moment ago using a standard mini USB.
So on to setup and operation. It is here that we see the attraction of this solution. The
set up and operation couldn’t be easier. Plug the switch into the switch box and the switch
box into the camera. Then turn it on, that’s it. While this solution is very limited photographically
because you can only take the photograph, you can’t access any settings or zoom in or
out; that’s also its main advantage. There is a very low cognitive load involved in using
this setup which might make it more suitable for some users and then there are others who
just want to press a button and capture a photograph with no messing, so it would suit
them also. The camera would be mounted to the users powerchair
and they would use their chair controls to frame their photo, like I am moving the desk.
That leads me to the main disadvantage of this product. Positioning the camera in a
way that the user can see the viewfinder while also not being in the way is tricky. My only
other complaint would be about the price, it’s not crazy expensive but it is a little
dear for what you get. If you or anybody you know are any way handy you could switch adapt
a remote control for a budget camera. Maybe we’ll do a video on that in the future. Thanks
for watching.

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