Seeking knowledge to hack a cheap and small CMOS video camera
December 22, 2011
Has anyone happened to use something like the following cheap cameras with a microcontroller? I'm interested in interfacing a camera with an STM32 ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller to record pictures or video, or to stream to an embedded display or wireless link (for example via an RN-171 WiFi module).
- Turnigy ultra-mini digicam (without memory card): This seems like a good candidate to hack as it is designed to interface with an SD card.
- CMOS Color Surveillance Security Camera (PAL): This seems like a very small and cheap possibility, but I have no idea on the internal digital signals (it is an analog output unit), but I am assuming it has some due to a look at a customer picture.
You are welcome to comment on your experience with more expensive solutions that are in the $40 and up range, but I am very interested in a less expensive solution. Any insight into the limitations, operation, etc of these type(s) of CMOS cameras would also be great. Thanks LMR!