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CVS Camera

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About the camera


The CVS camera is a small, light (1.0 oz for just the camera with no case or battery), cheap ($20) "one time use" video camera. The idea is that once you fill up the internal flash, you bring it back to the store and have them "develop" it into a CD. People quickly discovered that it is extremely easy to hack these cameras and get the data off of them yourself, therefore eliminating the designed "one time use".


We are using a CVS camera pointed straight down to record the first 20 minutes (or so, until it runs out of space) of the launch.


Hacking the camera


Attaching a USB cable


Here's the pinout:





Once you have a working USB cable, the camera should show up as a "Saturn" device. The camera we have has version 52.12 of the firmware. So far the only software I have found that successfully unlocked and retreived data from the camera is this *specific* copy of "OPS" for windows, available at:





We are powering the camera with a single CR123 battery, connected to the camera's battery terminals.


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