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As I find the bulk of my DSLR too much of an inconvenience for most of my photography, I'm considering replacing it with a high-end compact (maybe a Lumix LX5). However, I'm getting intrigued by the possibilities of timelapse photography, so a compact which can be 'tethered' to a PC for remote control would be ideal.

Are such things available?

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I don't know of any that can be tethered to a PC. However the open source CHDK firmware for Cannon cameras support on camera scripting that may fulfill your needs.

Alternatively for any camera that has support for an external shutter release you can drive that shutter release externally from a PIC or a USBIO module attached to a PC.

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And to go one step further, you may also look into the EyeFi SD cards to store the photos directly on your computer via wifi. –  wildpeaks Aug 4 '11 at 17:44

Older Canon P&S support remote operation via the USB and a PC.
Canon discontinued this feature after the G10.

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My old Kodak was tethered in the 1990's - that eliminated much of the vibration caused by manually clicking the shutter, on macros - was a standard part of their software then. May still be applicable. It appears as if software is going backwards.

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Are you sure it was a compact camera? Could you tell us the model number? It seems Kodak EasyShare line of digital compacts came out much later, in 2001. –  Imre Oct 29 '12 at 8:57
@Imre: it would have been from the DC line, not the EasyShare line. These could be controlled by the computer (via serial port, if I remember right). But I think this answer falls more under "historical trivia" than presently useful, unfortunately. :) –  mattdm Oct 29 '12 at 13:45

The following small and light cameras that can be tethered to a computer:

  1. Sony A7sr
  2. Sony A7s IR
  3. Sony A6000 IR
  4. Sony A7s
  5. Sony A7r
  6. Sony A7
  7. Sony A6000

But the drawback is no live-view because Sony DO NOT make camera for the working professionals.

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