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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Reusing a Laptop Camera

A few months ago I came across this instructable, its showing how to reuse a laptop camera module as a usb device, which some of them use. so later when I've decided to clean up and get rid of old and defunct laptops, I've found two camera modules and attempted to repurpose them.

The module's quality is nothing to be impressed by but they are UVC compatible, which should be good for linux use as well, but I'll test them at a later time.

The connectors seem like a standard, the following diagram is from the instructable, one of my modules even had the pinouts on the silkscreen!


While my devices are:




I've had a few USB connectors laying around, so I've looked up the pinouts




Soldered the connectors



and tested the cameras are not a short circuit risk with a USB tester




The first showed up as VID_05E3&PID_0505, which is a Genesys Logic USB2.0 PC Camera, its power consumption is around 80ma.

The second one showed up as VID_04F2&PID_B106, which is a Chicony® USB M UVC WebCam, its power consumption is around 110ma.

Next, testing them with an Orange PI....

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