Is the camera powered on at all times or only when called upon?
The reason I ask is that I want to add a night camera to my chicken "RoboCoop.". Problem is that chickens see IR light. The illumination I would use would be the built in LEDs on a 3rd party NoIR cam. If the cam is always powered then the chickens will be kept away by the light even though nobody is using the video nor stills being taken.
I just want to be able to take a still and send it via email when the door has automatically opened or closed by the program.
The door has failed in the past to open or close and I just want photo evidence that it has actually opened or closed and all birds accounted for when closed.