Using a Zetta Z12 to create a custom hidden camera

Discussion in 'User Modifications & DIY' started by spytec_admin, Sep 4, 2014.

  1. spytec_admin

    spytec_admin Administrator Staff Member

    The Zetta Z12 is an extremely versatile device as is. It's versatility becomes even more apparent when you take it apart. The internals of the camera give you an entirely new way to utilize the camera in a way that suits your needs.

    First off lets just take a look at an example of something that can be done with the "guts" of a Z12:
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    Seems to be an ordinary DVD case. Open it up and:
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    We have made a custom camera using the internals from the Zetta Z12. These custom cameras can be anything you want. The DVD case is one route, but its up to you to figure out what works for your given situation.

    2. To do all this we need to disassemble a Z12. Let's do it:
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    This the underside of the Z12. We will need to remove the 6 small phillips head screws on the case. Note only four are visible, the remaining two are located underneath the information sticker:
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    3.Once you pull all of the screws out the bottom of the case will come apart from the top of the case. When you take the case apart you will be left with is:
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    This is the view you will see when you open the device up. It is of the PCB resting on-top of the battery. Some important feature to note: the large silver square in lower center of the image is the SD card slot, the white round object to the far right of the image is the microphone, the lens cable is the black ribbon cable below the mic. Also on the left of the image are the positive and negative leads for the battery. The next step will be to lift the PCB out of the shell, being very gentle with those battery leads. The battery is held in place by a small sticky pad. It may require a small flat-head screw drive to lift it out.
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    This is another view of the front side of the PCB. The lens and the lens cable can be seen much more clearly. The design on the lens and lens cable gives you the freedom to move the lens out of the way of the PCB.
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    Using the DVD case as an example again, you can see the way the lens has been positioned in the spine of the case. The flexibility of the lens cable allows the case to open and close with ease.

    4.Important things to note when handling the internals:
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    These three photos are of: the main power switch, the mode selector switch and the mic. These three areas along with the leads for the battery are areas to be careful with when handling the internals. They are all soldered on to the PCB and if that soldering breaks, then it is game over.

    5.Placing the components:
    Another thing to keep in mind when building your custom camera is the placement of the PCB inside of you chosen housing. Make sure the mini-usb port is accessible, for the charging of the battery. The power switch and the SD card slot also need to be easily reached. Following those rules the possibilities are really endless for these parts. Good Luck and Happy building!
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