I have a problem here in my workplace..
We are currently using a digital camera to take photos that is used for identification purpose. My staff will take a picture of the guy, upload the picture into the pc, use our own system to generate the card and print it out. As it is per-customer basis, we need to do pic transferring each time a pic is taken.
Thus naturally the problem we have encountered is that the constant plugging out and in of the USB port has made the camera usb socket insensitive and now it is almost spoilt. On 1 day it is being plugged in and out an average of 100 times, so I guess it is unevitable.
Thus, I need to resolve this problem fast, because we are in operations and this activity cannot be stopped. Hence a few queries below:
1) Is there any way, technology, or method, that allows a camera to be permanently attached to the computer, so that when taking picture of the person, we can simply switch between PC mode (for transferring of pic), and camera mode (for taking picture). Or given today's advanced technology, can we do wireless transfers of picture? Meaning we can take a picture and it can use infrared/bluetooth/wifi etc. to sync with the PC and the picture can be "automatically" transferred to the PC...
2) Is there any way that we can control picture taking from the PC instead of the camera? Much like a webcam, but we can take the picture using the camera instead. I know this invites the question "why not u buy a webcam instead" but the thing is a webcam lacks some functions that a digicam or SLR cam have, but i also dunno how to explain. it is like this: if we use a webcam to take the picture of the guy, we still need to do cropping/picture amendment, and end up the picture will either look elongated or squeezed when come out of the our system software. But we dont face this problem at all when we use the digi cam, we can take a snap and when transferred to the pc, there is no need for cropping and the picture is just nice can use and print to the card.
So the dream scenario for us is we can snap using a digi or SLR cam, but is control from PC, plus the camera is permanently attached to the PC for instant pic transferring and can mode switch.
Lastly, we are given a budget of $2,000 to get the necessary camera and software to replace the current one. Anyone can give good recommendations based on my enquiry above?
Your comments and opinions would be much appreciated...
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