Faulty Cameras (video-style)

Ali has written about the beatings that the cameras take, and you’ve likely seen Snapshot Serengeti images tilted at odd angles, or at the sky, or face-down in the dirt.

Every once in a rare while, a camera suddenly switches from “snapshot” mode to “video” mode and instead of taking three pictures, takes ten seconds of video. This video “feature” eats up camera memory very fast and so isn’t good for our research, as we end up running out of memory before we have a chance to re-service the camera. It also doesn’t record any sound.

But the resulting video can be amusing. Here is a series of ten-second clips taken on May 6, 2012. I think I know how the camera got flipped to video mode! Do you?


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About Margaret Kosmala

I am an ecologist exploring the complex dynamics of plant and animal systems. I am especially interested in understanding how species communities change over time and how humans impact them.

6 responses to “Faulty Cameras (video-style)”

  1. Shay says :

    Haha. Why yes, it looks like someone was feeling a bit industrious and broadening his horizons to film making!

    Thanks so much for posting. Nothing quite like live action.

  2. Jerry Frazier says :

    Reminds me of curious George! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Keith Hearn says :

    What? They move? I thought they were just models! 😉
    More videos, please, it really is nice to see the animals moving around.

  4. rprblk says :

    Cheeky baboons – lol

  5. elfinelvin says :

    It had to be the baboon. They are somewhat like us, after all. 🙂 Great to see them moving in real time. Too bad it eats up so much memory.

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