ESP32 Cam: ESP32 Camera Programming using Arduino, Issues Fixed

(Last Updated On: August 23, 2020)

ESP32 Cam

ESP32 Cam Programming using Arduino, Description:

In this tutorial, you will learn how to program the ESP32 Cam using Arduino Uno or Arduino Nano. We will also go through all the basic settings including the ESP32 Cam board manager installation. In the end I will also explain how to fix the most common errors including the Detected Camera not supported and the camera probe failed with error 0x20004.

There is also another issue that you might face while working on the ESP32 Cam that is the ESP32 module keeps resetting automatically. I will practically show you, how to fix these errors and run your ESP32 Camera Module without any problems.

Without any further delay Let’s get started!!!

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What is ESP32:

ESP32 Cam

ESP32 is a series of low-cost, low-power system on a chip microcontrollers with integrated Wi-Fi and dual-mode Bluetooth.

What is ESP32-cam?

ESP32 Cam

The ESP32-CAM is a small camera module with the ESP32-S chip that costs approximately $10. Besides the OV2640 camera, and several GPIOs to connect peripherals, it also features a microSD card slot that can be useful to store images taken with the camera or to store files to serve to clients.

ESP32-CAM ESP32 WIFI+Bluetooth Development Board Module w/ OV2640 Camera

Ultra-small 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi + BT/BLE SoC module.Low-power dual-core 32-bit CPU for application processors.

Main frequency up to 240MHz, computing power up to 600 DMIPS.Built-in 520 KB SRAM, external 4M PSRAM.Supports interfaces such as UART/SPI/I2C/PWM/ADC/DAC.Support OV2640 and OV7670 cameras, built-in flash.

The ESP32-CAM is a small-sized camera module. The module can operate independently as a minimum system with a size of only 27*40.5*4.5mm and a deep sleep current of up to 6mA.

It can be widely used in various IoT applications. It is an ideal solution for IoT applications.



Features:

Ultra-small 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi + BT/BLE SoC module.

Low-power dual-core 32-bit CPU for application processors.

Main frequency up to 240MHz, computing power up to 600 DMIPS.

Built-in 520 KB SRAM, external 4M PSRAM.

Supports interfaces such as UART/SPI/I2C/PWM/ADC/DAC.

Support OV2640 and OV7670 cameras, built-in flash.

Support image WiFi upload, support TF card.

Support multiple sleep modes, embedded Lwip and FreeRTOS.

Support STA/AP/STA+AP working mode.

Support Smart Config/AirKiss one-click distribution network, support secondary development.

It is suitable for home smart devices, industrial wireless control, wireless monitoring, QR wireless identification, wireless positioning system signals, and other applications.

Packaged in DIP and can be directly plugged into the backplane for quick production.

Specifications:

Material: Copper

Module model: ESP32-CAM

Package: DIP-16

Size: 27*40.5*4.5(±0.2)mm

SPI Flash: 32Mbit by default

RAM: Internal 520KB + external 4M PSRAM

BT: BT 4.2BR/EDR and BLE standards

WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n/e/i

Support interface: UARI, SPI, I2C, PWM

Support TF card: maximum support 4G

IO port: 9

Serial port rate: default 115200bps

Image output format: JPEG (only supported by OV2640), BMP, GRAYSCALE

Spectrum range: 2412-2484MHz

Antenna form: onboard antenna, gain 2dBi

Security: WPA/WPA2/WPAS-Enterprise/WPS

Power supply range: 5V

Working temperature: -20 ° C -85 ° C

Storage environment: -40°C-90°C, <90%RH

Package size: 5*5*3cm/1.96*1.96*1.18in

Package weight: 15g


Transmit power:

802.11 b: 17±2dBm (@11Mbps)

802.11 g: 14±2dBm (@54Mbps)

802.11 n: 13±2dBm (@MCS7)

Receive sensitivity:

CCK, 1 Mbps: -90dBm

CCK, 11 Mbps: -85dBm

6Mbps (1/2 BPSK): -88dBm

54Mbps (3/4 64-QAM): -70dBm

MCS7 (65Mbps, 72.2Mbps): -67dBm

Power consumption:

Turn off the flash: 180mA@5V

Turn on the flash and adjust the brightness to the maximum: 310Ma@5V

Deep-sleep: The lowest power consumption can reach 6mA@5V

Modern-sleep: up to 20mA@5V

Light-sleep: up to 6.7mA@5V

Packaged included:

1x ESP32-CAM WiFi Module with OV2640 Camera


ESP32 connection with Arduino Uno or Arduino Nano:

ESP32 Cam

Connect the Reset Pin of the Arduino with the GND.

Connect the 100 pin of the ESP32 Cam with the GND Pin, for this you can use a female to female type jumper wire.

Connect the 5V and GND pins of the ESP32 Cam with the Arduino’s 5V and Ground.

Connect the Receive Pin of the ESP32 Cam with the RX pin of the Arduino.

Connect the Transmit Pin of the ESP32 Cam with the TX pin of the Arduino.

The ESP32 Cam interfacing with the Arduino is completed. Now, let’s go to the computer screen and install the ESP32 Cam board.

ESP32-Cam Board Manager Installation:

Make sure the latest version of the Arduino IDE is installed on your computer. Copy the link given below.

https://raw.githubusercontent.com/espressif/arduino-esp32/gh-pages/package_esp32_index.json

Now, open the Arduino IDE, click on the file menu and then click on the preferences and simply paste the URL.

ESP32 Cam

Now click on the Tools menu, boards, and click on the boards manager, search for the ESP32 and install, this can take several minutes. Next check if the desired board is installed,

ESP32 Cam

As you can see the ESP32 Wrover Module is available.


ESP32 Cam Settings:

Next, go to the Flash Mode and select QIO.

Next, select the Flash Frequency as the “40Mhz”

Next, Select the Partition Scheme as the Huge APP.

Next, Select 115200 as the Upload Speed and Finally

Select the Programmer “AVR ISP”

As you can see Port: “COM3”, this means that the Arduino board is connected with the Laptop through a USB Cable.

Click on the File Menu > Examples > ESP32 > Camera > CameraWebServer

Open the CameraWebServer Program.

Next, enter your SSID and password.

Select your Camera Model.

ESP32 Cam

We are all set, now we can click on the upload button.

Now the next step is to remove the wire that we used to short the IO0 pin and ground.

ESP32 Cam

Click on the Serial monitor. Press the pushbutton available on the backside of the ESP32 Cam.

ESP32 Cam

As you can see the ESP32 Cam is unable to connect with the WiFi and seems like if the ESP32 Camera Module is resetting automatically, this is just because the Arduino is not able to provide enough current to the ESP32 Cam Module. Sometimes you will see,

[e][camera.c:1049] camera_probe(): detected camera not supported.

[e][camera.c:1249] esp_camera_init(): camera probe failed with error 0x20004

 Now to fix these types of errors we can use an external 5V regulated Power supply to power up the ESP32 Module. So I am going to get 5V regulated power supply board based on the LM7805 Voltage regulator.

ESP32 Cam



Connect the 5v pin of the ESP32 Cam with the 5V pin on the power supply, and make sure the power supply ground is connected with the ESP32 Camera Module ground pin…Finally, power up the Power supply board.

 

ESP32 Cam

As you can see on the Serial Monitor, the ESP32 Camera Module is connected with the WiFi and on the screen, I can see my local IP address. Copy this link and Open the internet browser and paste this link. Finally, Click on the Start Stream button and that’s it.

ESP32 Cam

So, this is how easily Arduino Uno or Arduino Nano can be used to program the ESP32-Cam Module. I hope you have learned something from this article. Don’t forget to Subscribe to my Website and my YouTube channel “Electronic Clinic”.


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