ArduCAM Rev.C+ Shield Released

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Introduction

ArduCAM series camera shield is a universal camera control board for Arduino. It hides the complex nature of the camera and provides the easy to use camera control interface as well as the ready to use software source code library and demo code. The ArduCAM supports variety camera modules from 0.3MP to 5MP with different format like RAW, RGB, YUV, JPEG and can be well mated with standard Arduino boards.

ArduCAM Rev.C+ is the latest revision of ArduCAM shields, it offers the improved performance and enhanced functions than the previous revisions. It can capture maxim 5MP JPEG images, which makes it to be the ideal solution for IoT applications.

The ArduCAM is designed for Arduino but not limited to Arduino, it can be used in any platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Maple, Chipkit, Beaglebone black, as long as they have the SPI and I2C interface. User can port the current Arduino library to other platforms with less effort.

Features

  • Support 0.3MP~5MP camera modules, see Table 1
  • 3.2 inch TFT LCD with touch screen
  • Build in SD/TF card socket
  • Support JPEG compression mode, single and multiple shoot mode, one time capture multiple read operation, burst read operation, low power mode and etc.
  • Support almost all microcontroller platform,
  • Provide open source code library, please visit github.org/arducam
  • All ArduCAM’s IO ports are 5V/3.3V tolerant
  • Well mated with standard Arduino boards

Table 1 Supported Camera Modules

Resolution Sensor Vendor Camera Module Manufacture
0.3MP Omnivision OV7660 / OV7670 / OV7675 / OV7725 ArduCAM
0.3MP Aptina MT9V111 ArduCAM
1.3MP Aptina MT9M112 / MT9M001 ArduCAM
2MP Omnivision OV2640 ArduCAM
2MP Aptina MT9D111 / MT9D112 ArduCAM
3MP Omnivision OV3640 ArduCAM
3MP Aptina MT9T112 ArduCAM
5MP Omnivision OV5640 / OV5642 ArduCAM

Key Specifications

REVC+_Spec

Pin Out

REVC+_Pinout

Block Diagram

Figure 3 shows the block diagram of ArduCAM shield which is composed by the camera module, LCD screen and an ArduChip. The camera module is changeable. The ArduChip uses ArduCAM proprietary third generation camera controller technology which handles the complex camera, memory, LCD and user interface hardware timing and provides a user friendly SPI interface.

REVC+_Block_diagram

Functions

  • Single Capture Mode

Single capture mode is the default capture mode of the camera. After issuing a capture command via SPI port, the ArduCAM will wait for a new frame and buffer the one entire image data to the frame buffer, and then assert the completion flag bit in the register. User only needs to poll the flag bit from the register to check out if the capture is done.

  • Multiple Capture Mode

Multiple capture mode is advanced capture mode. By setting the number of frames in the capture register, the ArduCAM will capture consequent frames after issuing capture command. Note that number of frames should be set properly and make sure do not exceed the maximum memory space.

  • JPEG Compression

The JPEG compression function is implemented in the image sensor. With proper register settings to the sensor, user can get different resolution with JPEG image stream output. It is recommended to use JPEG output to get higher resolution than RGB mode, due to the limitation of frame buffer.

  • Normal Read and Burst Read Operation

Normal read operation reads each image data by sending a read command in one SPI read operation cycle. While burst read operation only need to send a read command then read multiple image data in one SPI read operation cycle. It is recommended to use burst read operation to get better throughput performance.

  • Rewind Read Operation

Sometimes user wants to read the same frame of image data multiple times for processing, the rewind read operation is designed for this purpose. By resetting the read pointer to the beginning of the image data, user can read the same image data from the start point again.

  • Low Power Mode

Some battery power device need save power when in the idle status, the ArduCAM offers the low power mode to reduce power consumption, by shutdown the sensor and memory circuits.

  • Image Sensor Control

Image sensor control function is implemented in the image sensor. By setting proper set of register settings, user can control the exposure, white balance, brightness, contrast, color saturation and etc.

More technical information about ArduCAM shield, please read ArduCAM user guide,  hardware Application Note and software Application Note for detail.

 

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