C429-RS232 Serial Camera Module
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This highly integrated, compact serial and encoded video camera module can be attached to any host system requiring an economical video or still camera for embedded imaging applications. The module uses an OmniVision™ CMOS MT9V011 VGA color sensor, matched with a versatile Vimicro VC0706 control chip to provide a complete low cost, low power camera system. C429-RS232 has an on-board RS232 serial interface for direct connection to any host PC system with a COMport for control or image communication. Video output in NTSC or PAL is also simultaneously provided. A built-in hard-wired JPEG codec supports up to 30FPS encoding or decoding with VGA resolution. It can compress the captured video stream to M-JPEG stream and output through the UART interface
C429-RS232 comes in a compact form factor (38mm x 38mm x 25mm) with built-in 60deg lens. Simple serial protocol commands instruct the camera to send 640x480 for viewing or storage. Serial transfer rate is at 115.2Kbps for transferring color or monochrome images in VGA (640x480), QVGA (320 x 240), or QQVGA (160x120) resolution. Real-time video output is provided at 30 fps as CVBS signal, NTSC or PAL. C429-RS232 needs only 80mA from a 5V supply
Vimicro’s VC0706 SoC also offers additional processing functions for economical surveillance applications. Motorless pan/tilt/zoom image functions minimize product size and power consumption, eliminating mechanical maintenance. Auto White Balance (AWB), Auto Exposure (AE), and temporal noise reduction automatically enhance video signals under low-light environments. VC0706 also integrates a JPEG codec and a motion detection engine that enable equipment designers to optimize video transfer and storage.
Applications for C429-RS232 include general purpose embedded imaging and control, security and access control systems, elevator and remote monitoring, robotics and vision, object detection, industrial control, automotive and medical instrumentation, electronic toys and learning systems, etc.
Average Customer Rating:
Dan (Pittsford, NY) - 08/05/2011
Neil, thank you very much for your observations about the documentation for this product. As a result of your feedback, we are writing better descriptions for the download files and adding a file which was missing. The test software is there for download, but it was not labeled as such. We are also checking to make sure we have the most current versions of all the files in the downloads tab. There are guides there for the module, its digital imaging sensor, and its video chip. Please take a look after August 8th, 2011 and let me know if you find anything missing at that point. Thanks, Dan Evans, Sales Manager.Neil (Rohnert Park, CA) - 07/19/2011
Looks very intriguing - however the manual doesn't describe it adequately. The features section has more description that the manual. The basic hardware looks excellent, but lack of a framework - limited manual and no test software makes me think twice and only give it a GOOD.
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