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A project log for Camera Shield for S2 Mini

OV2640 shield for the S2 Mini ESP32-S2 board.

deʃhipudeʃhipu 11/27/2021 at 17:540 Comments

The PCBs finally arrived, but turns out there was a mistake at the fab, and all holes that were supposed to be 0.9mm are 0.6m instead. I managed to solder pin headers to them anyways, so let's do some testing!

For the test, I decided it would be the easiest to do it with a display. So I wired an ILI9341 to the pins that are not used by the shield, and... it didn't work. Great, displays were supposed to be a solved problem. After some poking around and testing, it turns out that the silkscreen on the Lolin S2 Mini I have is wrong, and it has pins 12 and 13 swapped. After swapping the pins, it works. Great, so now time to try the test code. Based on Adafruit examples, I came up with this:

import board
import terminalio
import displayio
import adafruit_ili9341
import busio
import adafruit_ov2640


displayio.release_displays()
display_bus = displayio.FourWire(
    busio.SPI(clock=board.IO7, MOSI=board.IO5),
    command=board.IO9,
    chip_select=board.IO12,
    reset=board.IO11,
    baudrate=80_000_000,
)
display = adafruit_ili9341.ILI9341(display_bus, width=320, height=240)


i2c = busio.I2C(scl=board.IO39, sda=board.IO40)
cam = adafruit_ov2640.OV2640(
    i2c,
    data_pins=(board.IO21, board.IO17, board.IO16, board.IO18, board.IO33,
               board.IO34, board.IO35, board.IO36),
    clock=board.IO14,
    vsync=board.IO38,
    href=board.IO37,
    mclk=board.IO13,
    mclk_frequency=20_000_000,
    size=adafruit_ov2640.OV2640_SIZE_QVGA,
)

cam.flip_x = False
cam.flip_y = True
pid = cam.product_id
ver = cam.product_version
print(f"Detected pid={pid:x} ver={ver:x}")
# cam.test_pattern = True

g = displayio.Group(scale=1)
bitmap = displayio.Bitmap(320, 240, 65536)
tg = displayio.TileGrid(
    bitmap,
    pixel_shader=displayio.ColorConverter(
        input_colorspace=displayio.Colorspace.BGR565_SWAPPED
    ),
)
g.append(tg)
display.show(g)

display.auto_refresh = False
while True:
    cam.capture(bitmap)
    bitmap.dirty()
    display.refresh(minimum_frames_per_second=0)

cam.deinit()

 And... nothing. It seems to hang on the cam.capture(bitmap) line. The good news is that the i2c communication seems to work, as it reports the pid and version correctly. I will need to investigate this further.

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