I'm very excited. I've been waiting for these cameras for a while and they finally came into the office last week. The Gumstix store has added two new cameras to the Caspa family and they are fantastic:
The Caspa HD is a 5 megapixel OV5670 imaging sensor. A two-lane MIPI CSI-2 communication bus, 1.12-micron pixel, and 60 Hz framerate at 1080p make this a fantastic camera for mobile hardware designs.
The Caspa 4K is the 13MP Sony IMX214 with an auto-focus lens, 'HDR Movie' mode and 30 FPS 4K video. The 4-lane CSI-2 bus delivers 4K video at 30 FPS for smooth, crisp Ultra-HD streaming and recording.
The best part about these two new additions is that they are 100% compatible with the Intel Joule module out of the box, which I'm also excited to have added to our store.
EDIT: The Intel Joule's pins and BIOS is set up such that the Caspa 4K connects to the JCAM1 connector on the module and Caspa HD to JCAM2!
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Let's recap some of the latest additions to the Gumstix store and the Geppetto module library:
- First, there were the boards. A connector-saving interposer and 5 board designs to cover a wide variety of projects and functions:
- The Workstation mini-PC
- The HTPC home theater device
- An IoT Sensor board
- A Multi-Flasher for quick BIOS updates on multiple modules
- and a Joule-flavored Aerocore 2 MAV controller.
- At the same time the connector module for the Intel Joule was added to the Geppetto D2O library so customers could quickly and easily design their own Joule expansion boards.
- A little later, the Nodana, a 96Boards Consumer Edition-compliant Joule expansion was released.
- Recently, the Active Cooling System for Intel Joule module was also added.
- And now, all together Gumstix has added:
Nope, I would not tell you about anything Gumstix if I hadn't already taken it out for a spin. I hooked up both cameras to one of the office's Joules, flashed the BIOS and updated the disk image, and ran some tests. This is what I can report:
As advertised, these cameras work out of the box. Both have exceptional image quality for their classes, and the AF feature of the 4K is very effective. I recorded a little demo reel in UHD just to show you.
It was literally this easy:
- Update Joule firmware and reference OS disk image (https://software.intel.com/en-us/iot/hardware/joule/downloads)
- Power up the board and open up a terminal window in the Joule's XFCE desktop
- Enter a gstreamer command to start streaming video to the desktop
- for Caspa 4K:
- for Caspa HD:
$ gst-launch-1.0 icamerasrc device-name=0 io-mode=3 ! video/x-raw,format=NV12,width=1920,height=1080 ! vaapisink dmabuf-alloc-tiled=true
$ gst-launch-1.0 icamerasrc device-name=1 io-mode=3 ! video/x-raw,format=NV12,width=
1920,height=1080 ! vaapisink dmabuf-alloc-tiled=true
Yep, that's it
I think you'll find the price of the new cameras very appealing as well at $25 and $30 (USD). So if you're looking for a CSI camera for your Joule project, you'll find it, and many other tools you might need, in the Gumstix store!