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Description: This is a simple USB Webcam that can be plugged into your computer or dev board and start capturing video right away. The resolution is 1024x768 which is adequate for motion-tracking or object-detection, but don’t expect to use it for photography or movie-making.

Note: This webcam works well in Linux, so it pairs well with a pcDuino.

Features:

  • Max Resolution: 1024 x 768
  • 3' (914.4mm) Retractable USB-A Cable

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Customer Comments

  • Works out of the box on Mac OS 10.9. The OS reports it as follows:

    USB 2.0 Camera:

    Product ID: 0x62f1

    Vendor ID: 0x0c45 (Sonix Technology Co., Ltd.)

    Version: 1.00

    Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec

    Manufacturer: Sonix Technology Co., Ltd.

    Location ID: 0xfa130000 / 7

    Current Available (mA): 500

    Current Required (mA): 500

    I tried it with Photo Booth. The image looked really really good, however the framerate was crap, maybe about 1.2fps or something.

    Raspberry Pi: This works very very easily with Raspian. Shows up as /dev/video0. I’ve been using it with “motion”, to log motion event videos to my NFS server.

  • I just bought one to use with the BeagleBone Black. I sort of got it working, but not quite. I can get video for linux 2 to probe the camera, and it tells me it’s a 640x480 yuyv camera using the uvcvideo driver. If I try and set it to 1024x768, that doesn’t work, but I get no errors on why. If I try and take a picture using v4l2grab -x640 -y480 -n1, I get an output .ppm file that has each scan line not aligned with the line above it in the picture. So, I get “shredded paper strips” in my picture, with each “strip” seeming to be valid, but the alignment of the strips to be invalid. The result is not intelligible as a picture…

    Any ideas how I can get a real picture from this camera and BBB?

    • Any luck getting the BBB to take a picture with this camera? What distro are you using on the BBB, Angstrom or Ubuntu?

  • So does this webcam have actual drivers for it or does it rely on the generic AVC drivers that don’t allow for direct control of exposure or other settings? This camera might be worth getting if it’s the former, but if it’s the latter, it’s really no better than any junk webcam you can get from any online shop out of Hong Kong.

    • It relies on generic drivers. The one thing that makes it slightly better than the rest of the cheap webcams out there is that we can tell you for sure that it works under Linux, and on the pcDuino particularly.

      That’s not as common as it seems like it would be; I tried about 8 different webcams on the pcDuino to find one that works, and several of those were name-brand units.

  • How fast can it take/transfer pictures?

  • Worked ok with Windows 8 “Camera” app until error message “Looks like there’s something wrong with your camera. Check the manufacturer’s website for troubleshooting info.” I think I can resolve the problem by restarting my PC.

    Also, the camera works great with the RPi2 (Raspberry Pi 2)

  • can it be used for recording video and storing that to sd card from Raspberry pi on which linux based OS are used e.g. raspbian??

  • can it be used for recording video and storing that to sd card from Raspberry pi on which linux based OS are used e.g. raspbian??

  • While it is affordable and works well under Linux, I believe the maximum resolution is not correct. Neither have I been able to obtain over 640 x 480 pixel video.

  • This webcam is Made In China?

  • I saw that someone else asked about using this with an Intel Edison, but it wasn’t answered. Any idea if this camera would work with an Edison and the Edison breakout board (not the Arduino board)?

    • Perhaps with USB OTG hubs? (I have ordered one named “3 in 1 micro USB OTG Hub Cable Adapter” for testing, but it will take time to arrive from China to Estonia, maybe a full month before I finally see it.)

  • Is possible to use this camera with the Intel Edison system ?

  • Here’s a timelapse I made using this camera and my rPi, running the “motion” application.

  • How I could connect it to an arduino board?

    • You would need to add a USB host shield (or similar circuit) and basically write your own drivers. It can be done, but not easily.

  • could ipeerbhai please comment on weather he had any success with the camera and the bbb

  • Anyone know if this supports an mjpeg stream directly or if its yuv only? That is, can I use it with mjpg-streamer without the - y flag?

  • Can you deliver this product to Colombia?? How Long does it take?

  • Hey wait, what about the Arduino using the USB master shield from circuitsathome.com? XGA resolution pictures taken by an arduino would definitely be worth doing.

  • The one I received seems to max out at 640x480 resolution when I use VLC on Windows and gucvview on Ubuntu. Is the max resolution possible through specific drivers?

  • Does it have a microphone?

  • Has anyone tried removing the IR filter on this thing?

    • Yes. It’s kind of a dodgy prospect; the lens assembly threads in, and you have to remove it to remove the IR filter. Then, to get the filter out, you need to dig at the lens assembly a bit, which screws up the threading, making it hard to put the assembly back. And, of course, you’ve screwed up the focus now, by removing it, and you’ll need to be careful replacing it to get the focus back to where it started.

      Oh, and everything inside is hot-glued in place, making reassembly a bit harder.

      But yes, it can be done.

  • You guys are awesome for tearing one apart so we can see the guts.

  • Is Sparkfun going to post a datasheet or the exact dimensions?

  • Would this also work with the Raspberry Pi?

  • Cute little bugger. :)

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It does not work properly.

It works in camera mode (continuous images) but doesn’t work in picture mode. Sometimes it takes single pictures some times don’t. And when it takes them the images are blurry. I tested the same webcam from my class mates and those worked good with my LabView program.