As part of my current 3d modelling project I need to trigger an array of 25 cameras reliably. I did a great deal of research looking for a cheaper digital camera that could be triggered either by USB, or similar computer controlled, and came to the conclusion that there were none. Despite how simple it would seem to be, the cheapest point-and-shoot cameras with this feature are all above US$400.
I decided to go for a good, sturdy camera that offered a good layout for hardware modification, and to brew my own trigger system. I’ve posted the results to instructables: a how-to for adding a shutter trigger to the Kodak C653 camera. Hopefully this will help save others the hours of wasted research I spent.