Jamie, I can’t see any theoretical reason why taking the mean time won’t work. It doesn’t matter that you miss some shots of an animal, provided animals don’t manage to pass right in front the camera and be missed altogether. Others with practical experience might see a problem with doing this, but I don’t.
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You’ve thought more about this than me, and I suspect you’re right. If camera properties are known well enough, it would be good to do a simulation study, with accurate simulation of what each type of camera does, and a suitable animal movement model, to assess bias, and how best to correct for it!
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I think if your camera has a recovery time of 10s, then you cannot use a snapshot interval of less than 10s.
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