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Project ESP32-CAM
Cheap webcams with Wifi, what could possibly go wrong?
Status In progress
Contact noopwafel, bertrik
Last Update 2021-04-05


It's an ESP32 board with a camera, running a web server, so it acts as an inexpensive webcam.


To install the camera, *flip* the black part of the camera connector UP, insert the camera connector (contacts towards the PCB), then flip the black part back into the flat position.

Pins (ESP32 cam to USB serial converter):

  • ESP-32 5V to USB serial 5V
  • ESP-32 GND to USB serial GND
  • ESP-32 UAR to USB-serial TX
  • ESP-32 UAT to USB-serial RX
  • ESP-32 IO0 looped to ESP-32 GND (they are next to each other), you can use a jumper or a dupont wire. CLOSED for flashing, OPEN for running.



The CameraWebServer example can be compiled as a platformio project:

To build the code, clone the git repo above, cd into it, then type

 pio run

To upload it to the board (put a jumper between IO0 and GND):

 pio run -t upload

To watch the debug output (remove the jumper):

 pio device monitor

Platformio can be installed on a Debian Linux system as follows:

 sudo apt install python-pip
 sudo pip install platformio
 pio upgrade