CMOS Camera Module - 728x488

This is a high-quality color CMOS camera module. Power the CM-32 module, hook up any display, monitor, or LCD screen with an RCA input and get vivid color video at 728x488 resolution. Module is easily mountable and has a wide operating voltage (6V to 20V). Comes with high quality optics, all the on board circuitry to output RCA signal, and cable harness.

  • 728 x 488 Resolution
  • 6V to 20V input
  • 50mA (at 12V)

CMOS Camera Module - 728x488 Product Help and Resources

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  • Member #734547 / about 8 years ago / 2

    can I use this with a raspberry pi?

  • Member #436117 / about 8 years ago / 1

    Is there any schematic or layout of this module? Thank you

  • DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM / about 8 years ago / 1

    I'm trying to mount this on my rocket and have a lightweight controller for everything, have any ideas for something like this?

  • Member #753274 / about 8 years ago / 1

    dose this have a infrared filter

  • Member #424428 / about 11 years ago / 11

    That's some weird finger :)

  • Member #440586 / about 11 years ago / 4

    Would it be possible to hook this up to an arduino wirelessly send it to another arduino then hook it up to a screen and have a live feed? If so How?

  • Member #723291 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Is this recommended for use in October 2015 with a photon from particle? I want to get started with a simple live feed from a camera.

  • Member #466449 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Anyone knows what the viewing angle is? I'm guessing about 60 degrees, but it doesn't seem to be specified in the datasheet.

  • Member #718308 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I am developing a vision added inertial nevigation for quadcopter..kindly guide me that for my project which cmos camera would be suitable..thanku

  • Member #669728 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Where would I put the video output cord in an arduino?

  • Member #680884 / about 9 years ago / 1

    does anyone know how to hook this up to a tv rca output in order for it to work

  • Member #684441 / about 9 years ago / 1

    What is the FPS rate? What is the data storage rate? Is there audio, or a suggested add on for audio?

  • stevenvh17 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Never before seen such a useless "datasheet".

  • Member #637761 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Anyone know anything about the lens? I am interested in the focal length.

  • eduardo_avelar / about 9 years ago / 1

    this camera contains the sensor PC1089K: this sensor has Digital output mode, the question is if this module SEN-11745 has enabled this output format

  • Member #568376 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I have spiced the yellow signal wire to a RCA jack and pluged it into the video in on a TV. Powered the camera with a 9v battery. I get no signal. Is there more to it than that?

    • Wes Hays / about 9 years ago / 2

      I had to put the shielding on yellow cable to ground as well for it to work.

  • Member #631701 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Does anyone know what type of cable is used on this unit, in case I need a replacement?

  • Member #549515 / about 10 years ago / 1

    a neat project with this item :)

  • Member #398920 / about 10 years ago / 1

    Trying to build an underwater ROV and thinking this would be a good camera for it (obviously we would have to pot it). Anyone know if there would be any problems with this?

  • Member #528602 / about 10 years ago / 1

    What sort of item would I need to have 6 cameras running and recording at once? I'm guessing something that takes 6 inputs, correct? I would like to be able to view all 6 inputs at the same time on the same screen and be able to record it to a hard drive.

  • Member #454016 / about 10 years ago / 1

    hi. i want to use this camera on a ultra micro-quad copter and would like to video stream this to a computer via wifi. how could i go about doing this?

    • MikeGrusin / about 10 years ago / 2

      This camera has NTSC output. You would need to find the rest of the equipment that can input that signal and transmit it to a receiver. If you google "FPV" (First Person View), you'll find many options. Good luck!

  • Member #515169 / about 10 years ago / 1

    Im using this camera in an arduino project i am doing, i need to connect this camera to the arduino mega 2560, does anybody know if there is a video input on that arduino that would suit this camera? if not what hardware would i need to be able to do this?

  • Member #506051 / about 10 years ago / 1

    Does it work with 5V (as SEN-08739) ?

  • Member #247860 / about 11 years ago / 1

    I got mine to work with a tv. Is there a way I can get it to store video?

    • MikeGrusin / about 11 years ago / 1

      Not by itself. You'll need to run it to a VCR or other video recorder to save what it's seeing. To store video, you'll need something like the Flycam or HackHD. Hope this helps!

  • AlexS / about 11 years ago / 1

    If i try and use this on a display that's 640x480 is it gonna be stretched/croped/scaled? OR will that be up to the display driver?

  • rhirsch / about 11 years ago / 1

    Tell me if this is a stupid idea.

    Looks like the horizontal scanning is at 15KHz. So if we assume 728 pixels, then I think the video signal would be something like 10MHz. Could I sample signal at 20MHz and reliably reproduce this signal later through a D/A? I realize this will use a lot of space as there would be no compression. But I only want to record say 10 minutes at a time.

    Is this the right frequency? What resolution do I need to capture and regenerate a video signal? I dont htink an arduino can do this speed, but an ARM based one perhaps could. Or just a chip alone without arduino overhead.

    Thoughts? Stupid?

    • MikeGrusin / about 11 years ago / 1

      Your math is sound, and since NTSC already uses a bunch of analog tricks to reduce the bandwidth, you could probably get away with less sampling (maybe 10MHz?). As a valid solution it's not stupid at all (though you will encounter many issues sampling analog signals that fast), but from a systems perspective there are probably easier and cheaper ways to achieve the same goal, such as a webcam attached via USB to a small Linux-based computer (Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone, PCDuino, etc.)

  • Anyone can suggest me how to use this to send image to my single color LED matrix? thanks!

  • Member #438423 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Are these supposed to get warm when powered. Im powering from a LIPO 3S 11.4 but it doesnt get warm or give a signal. Any ideas ?

    • Clebio / about 9 years ago / 1

      I have not noticed it getting warm at all. I have this connected to a 5.8GHz wireless transmitter, which does get warm, but not this camera.

  • Wachupita / about 11 years ago / 1

    Im thinking connecting this camera with a lcd to get real team video, i would like to know how many frames per second it has

  • Member #194944 / about 11 years ago / 1

    I'm trying to just pick up live video and reroute it to a simple small screen. Would this and an arduino or raspberry pi work?

    • MikeGrusin / about 11 years ago / 1

      You don't need an Arduino or Pi; you can connect this camera directly to a screen that accepts composite video, such as this one.

  • Your Robot Overlord / about 11 years ago / 1

    Is this camera compatible with M12 lenses?

  • dargs / about 11 years ago / 1

    Is this the NTSC or PAL model? the description mentions the "CM-32" but the datasheet refers to a "32-KM NTSC" or "32-KM PAL" ?

  • Can this be hooked up to the new pcDuino? I'd like to be able to do some basic face detection without an extra computer.

    • MikeGrusin / about 11 years ago / 2

      Note that this is an analog, not a digital camera. It's great for hooking up to TV sets, video recorders, analog transmitters etc. but it would take a lot of hardware (called a framegrabber) to hook it up to a microcontroller and get results useful for face tracking.

      Fortunately, since the PCDuino runs Linux, it has the ability to easily connect to inexpensive webcams, so you might look into those.

  • KristopherUmbarger / about 11 years ago / 1

    Can this camera also pick up IR?

    • Member #403624 / about 11 years ago / 1

      In my experience, the imager itself will be able to pick up IR, but typically an IR cutoff filter is included on the back of the lens. Often this is just a sticker that can be removed, but I could not say for sure on this module.

  • willydlw / about 11 years ago / 1

    Will there be some tutorials on interfacing with this camera? My objective is capturing the live video with OpenCV to process the images. As I understand, the camera output is analog and I am wondering what I need to convert the analog feed to digital frames to be processed. Eventually I would like to mount this on a small robot.

    In brief, I am ready to purchase, but need to know what other components I need to purchase to power it correctly, capture the video feed as individual images for further processing.

    • Jade / about 11 years ago / 3

      To interface with an Arduino you'd need this shield Total project costs gets a bit high though and you'd consume virtually all arduino resources just processing the signal.

      Personally I'd go with a digital camera instead capable of sending TTL data. One of these 2: or rip apart a cheap web camera. For low res robot vision I've even seen people take optical sensors out of laser mice and integrate them into designs. Resolution is typically low (no higher than 16x16), but as a benefit, the signal is easy to process and the refresh rate is high enough to allow shape tracking and rapid obstacle detection at close range.

      • Member #414764 / about 11 years ago / 1

        How exactly would you go about by ripping apart a web camera, I would love to try. The webcam might need a USB host to operate it and that means 'CHALLENGE' !

Customer Reviews

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Nice camera I'm sure others will like it as well.

Video looks great I'm using it with an automotive backup LCD color screen I bought through Amazon. First I will use it inside my heating ducts looking for rodent problems. Then for the original purpose of an underwater ROV that me and my grandson are working to see fish and crabs. He love that stuff.

Nice little camera for the price

This is easy to use and has decent resolution. The lens/focal length is adjustable if you can find a tiny enough hex key to undo the set screw. I've been using mine to get really close up macro type images of bugs. It would also work well as a vehicle backup camera or security camera. the composite video makes it easy to hook up to a compatible screen, but a little more challenging to use if you want to save digital video.

Camera Works Great

Hope you keep this in stock for others, as with digital image sensors, these composite video modules are getting rare..

great starter cam for analog tv

Can't beat the price or ease of use. It works with everything for analog tv composite input. It would be nice to have a circuit schematic and explanation of the signal output.