Camera Axe 4

After six months of work, the fourth version of the Camera Axe is finally ready. For those new to the Camera Axe it’s a programmable camera and flash trigger with two sensor plugs that can be used for a wide range of sensors. It can do anything from timelapse to photographing a shooting bullet. For a little background information read about versions 1 and 3 of the Camera Axe. This version is open sourced under the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 3.0 License. I do sell kits, assembled versions, and various sensors at my store.

Camera Axe Video:

Here is a list of improvements from version 3 to version 4 of the Camera Axe.

  • The screen is much larger and this makes the menuing system easier to use.
  • The case is is much nicer because I had custom cases made for this project.
  • Added two LEDs to indicate when the camera or flash is being triggered.
  • Much nicer 3.5mm jacks for the sensors and camera/flash plugs.
  • Added a dedicated external power plug for those wanting to use external power.
  • The buttons feel much nicer.
  • Batteries last four times longer.
  • A new microcontroller that has two times the space for more features in the future.
  • The software is a complete rewrite and has too many improvements to list, but I’ll mention the greatly improved intervalometer mode and the new fast trigger mode.
  • The kits are easier to assemble (no wires or drilling needed).

There’s more information information about sensors, reprogramming, flash/camera cables, and much more at

Here are a few images taken with the Camera Axe.


  1. amir aslani said,

    February 12, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    It is very beautiful images
    I wanted to know what price this machine is perfect if you announce it will

  2. Michael Meissner said,

    April 28, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    I just wanted to an update about Olympus shutter release cables.

    You list the Olympus multipin cable in the cameraaxe store. In addition to the cameras that you list, the following cameras also support RM-UC1 shutter release (which uses the multi-pin cable):
    * Olympus E-30, E-600, E-620, E-450
    * Olympus E-P1, E-P2, E-PL2, E-PL3, E-PM1, E-P3, E-M5
    * Olympus XZ-1

    Note, that the E-500, E-330, and E-PL1 support the multi-pin connector, but these cameras do not support the shutter release cable, and so would not work with the cameraaxe.

    There is another shutter release cable variant (RM-CB1) that is used by:
    * Olympus E-5, E-3, E-1
    * Olympus E-300 and C-8080WZ with their respective battery grips
    * Olympus E-10, E-20

    The RM-CB1 has 3 pins. The Pixel CL-CB1 cable can be used to connect to the camera and has a 2.5mm phono cord on the other end, and presumably a standard 2.5mm to 3.5mm 3 connector converter would allow it to work with the cameraaxe.

    The Olympus DSLRs but not the mirrorless cameras, and some of the older cameras also used an infrared shutter release (RM-1, RM-2), but I’m not sure if the cameraaxe supports infrared shutter releases.

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