Interfacing CMOS camera to PC via USB port

Discussion in 'Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers' started by fkento, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. fkento

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jul 9, 2012
    I'm working with a CMOS camera such as this one

    I need to capture still images from the camera using my PC. I've read online about interfacing the camera to a microcontroller, but how do I connect the microcontroller to the PC? Most of the controllers I've seen only use the USB port for power and programming. I would like the PC to communicate with the microcontroller to control the camera (and other devices like LED's).

  2. panic mode

    Senior Member

    Oct 10, 2011
    what is your microcontroller? why can't you get it to communicate with PC?
  3. BMorse

    Senior Member

    Sep 26, 2009
    You use the Microcontrollers UART to communicate with the PC..... you will have to have something like the FTDI TTL to USB IC or a MAX232CPE to convert the TTL level signals from the microcontroller to the PC's USB or Serial port...

    And why are you using a CMOS camera like that? Those are harder to get to work since the output format is usually in RGB or YUV.... something like this will be easier to interface to and to get working >>