ALCAM-OEM – Serial camera module

Serial camera module that captures time-lapse and stop-motion videos plus images to uSD card. Use with any micro like mbed and Arduino.

ALCAM-OEM – Serial camera module

About this project

How it started

For years, we have tried several of the available serial JPEG cameras and we were very unsatisfied with the performance, the horribly translated documentation and the non-existent manufacturer support. Well, thanks to the creative engineers at GHI Electronics and to the community support, we will finally have a USA made, well supported and well documented serial time-lapse camera with much more to offer. Allow me to introduce you to ALCAM.


ALCAM allows any embedded system with a serial interface (UART, SPI or I2C) to capture JPG/BMP images and also to record them right onto an SD card. Also, ALCAM gives you the ability to create time-lapse and stop-motion AVI videos and save them directly to the SD card. All done through a set of simple and well documented serial commands. ALCAM can also capture images and videos though a special pin, without the need to send any commands.

Key Features

  • Still Image plus Stop Motion and Time-Lapse Videos.
  • Resolutions: HD 1080, HD 720, 1024×768, 800×600, 640×480, 320×240, 160×120.
  • Serial interfaces: I2C, UART and SPI.
  • MicroSD Card with SD signals exposed for optional full SD Card.
  • Configuration settings available for: brightness, contrast, white balance, special effects, sharpness, saturation, mirror, rotate.
  • Simple human-readable command protocol.
  • OV3640 3MP Image Sensor (with beta support for 5MP and 2MP).
  • Works great with mbed, Arduino, NETMF and any other platform supporting a micro with I2C, UART or SPI interface.
  • Real documentation and support.
  • Light weight at only .20 oz making it perfect for drones, quads and robots.
  • Dimensions : 30.6 x 47.05 x 9.9 mm (includes camera height).
  • On board 3.3V regulator, works with any voltage 4.5V to 6V.
  • 180mA fully active plus SD card, with planned low power modes.
  • 5V tolerant IOs. Meaning you can directly connect a 5V micro, like an Arduino.


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About The Author

Ibrar Ayyub

I am an experienced technical writer holding a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan, Pakistan University. With a background spanning various industries, particularly in home automation and engineering, I have honed my skills in crafting clear and concise content. Proficient in leveraging infographics and diagrams, I strive to simplify complex concepts for readers. My strength lies in thorough research and presenting information in a structured and logical format.

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