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  Frequently asked Questions (FAQ)

 
1. Camera details
 
  1.1 What is the camera sensor used in this product?
  1.2 What is the kit contents provided with the product?
  1.3 What is the length of the cable provided with this product?
  1.4 What is the power consumption of the camera?
  1.5 Do we need to provide any external power source to this camera?
  1.6 What is the operating and storage temperature range of the product?
  1.7 What is the form factor of the camera?
  1.8 What is the size of the camera adapter board?
  1.9 What is the weight of the camera module?
   
2. Camera parameters
 
  2.1 What are the resolutions supported by the camera?
  2.2 Does this camera have an on-board Image Signal Processor (ISP)?
  2.3 What are the various camera parameters supported by this camera?
  2.4 What is the digital zoom range supported by this camera?
  2.5 Does this camera support OpenCV and ML libraries (TensorFlow Lite)?
  2.6 What is the maximum FOV covered using the default lens provided with the camera?
  2.7 What is the FOV covered in different resolutions supported by this camera?
  2.8 What is the CPU usage for this camera?
  2.9 What is the glass-to-glass latency for this camera?
   
3. Software package details
 
  3.1 What are the contents of the SDK package provided along with the camera?
  3.2 Where can I find the camera driver source code?
  3.3 Does the camera support Torizon OS with Apalis i.MX 8QM?
  3.4 Does the camera support Android OS with Apalis i.MX 8QM?
  3.5 How to connect the camera to the Ixora development kit?
   
4. Customization requests
 
  4.1 Is it possible to get RAW Bayer frames from the camera?
  4.2 How to add support for custom resolution?
  4.3 I need a different lens to cover more FOV. How to do it?
  4.4 Can I change the lens mount from S-mount to C-mount?
  4.5 Is it possible to use the camera with Apalis iMX6 instead of i.MX8?
  4.6 Is it possible to use the camera with Apalis/Verdin/Dahlia development kit instead of Ixora carrier board?
  4.7 Can we use the same camera with other i.MX 8QM carrier boards?
  4.8 Does this camera have Strobe support (as in the OV5640 camera module with Ixora)?
  4.9 Is there any way to synchronize this camera with other sensors in my carrier board?
  4.10 Is it possible to customize the form factor of the camera to suit my application?
   
5. Miscellaneous
 
  5.1 Can I use this camera under low light conditions with IR lighting?
  5.2 Is this a suitable camera for an industrial application?
  5.3 Is this camera FCC/CE certified?
  5.4 Is there any mechanical and temperature test reports available for the camera?
  5.5 Where and how to get support for the basic integration and testing the camera?
  5.6 Where can I find the warranty terms for this camera?
  5.7 What is the return policy for this product?
   
 
 1. Camera details
  
1.1 What is the camera sensor used in this product?
 
e-CAM50_CUiMX8 camera module is based on 1/2.5" inch AR0521 image sensor from ON Semiconductor® with built-in Image Signal Processor (ISP).
 
1.2 What is the kit contents provided with the product?
 
e-CAM50_CUiMX8 camera consists of one 5 MP e-CAM55_CUMI0521_MOD MIPI camera board with lens, one camera adaptor board, one Ixora adaptor board, one micro coaxial cable, and one flex cable.
 
1.3 What is the length of the cable provided with this product?
 
e-CAM50_CUiMX8 is provided with 30 cm micro coaxial cable and 10 cm flex cable.
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1.4 What is the power consumption of the camera?
 
The power consumption is 0.69W (min) to 1.1W (max) based on the streaming resolution and frame rate.
 
1.5 Do we need to provide any external power source to this camera?
 
The camera uses the necessary power supply from the development kit itself. No external power supply is required for the camera.
 
1.6 What is the operating and storage temperature range of the product?
 
The temperature range is -30°C to 70°C (ambient temperature).
 
1.7 What is the form factor of the camera?
 
The form factor of camera module is 30mm x 30mm (W x H).
 
1.8 What is the size of the camera adapter board?
 
The form factor of camera adaptor is 30mm x 30mm (W x H).
 
1.9 What is the weight of the camera module?
 
The e-CAM55_CUMI0521_MOD camera module weight is 6 grams without lens.
 2. Camera parameters
  
2.1 What are the resolutions supported by the camera?
 
The camera supported standard resolutions are VGA (640 x 480), HD (1280 x 720), 960p (1280 x 960) and FHD (1920 x 1080) along with2560 x 1440, 2592 x 1944 (full resolution).
 
2.2 Does this camera have an on-board Image Signal Processor (ISP)?
 
The e-CAM50_CUiMX8 camera has an on-board ISP which takes care of the complete imaging pipeline right from debayering, color correction and supports various standard image quality controls.
 
2.3 What are the various camera parameters supported by this camera?
 
The camera supported standard V4L2 controls are brightness, contrast, zoom, flip (horizontal and vertical), white balance (auto and manual), exposure (auto and manual), and sharpness.
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2.4 What is the digital zoom range supported by this camera?
 
The camera supports 1X to 8X digital zoom levels.
 
2.5 Does this camera support OpenCV and ML libraries (TensorFlow Lite)?
 
The camera is supported as a standard V4L2 device which can be integrated into different SD environments as OpenCV and ML libraries to stream images and process as supported by the platform.
 
2.6 What is the maximum FOV covered using the default lens provided with the camera?
 
The maximum FOV covered using the default lens provided with the camera is 140.5°(D), 110°(H), 82°(V).
 
2.7 What is the FOV covered in different resolutions supported by this camera?
 
For resolutions of 4:3 aspect ratio, the FOV is 140.5°(D), 110°(H), 82°(V). For resolutions of 16:9 aspect ratio, the horizontal FOV will remain same. The VFOV can be reduced by a factor of 1.3 units in length. The DFOV will also reduce accordingly.
 
2.8 What is the CPU usage for this camera?
 
The CPU usage for the streaming of camera is 4-7% with display streaming and 2-3% without display streaming.
 
2.9 What is the glass-to-glass latency for this camera?
 
The glass-to-glass latency is typically 3-6 frame time (frame time (ms) = 1/ FPS). It is 80 - 100ms for - 1080p resolution at 60 fps.
 
 3. Software package details
  
3.1 What are the contents of the SDK package provided along with the camera?
 
You can download pre-built BSP binary for the Toradex Ixora development kit with Apalis iMX8QM SOM for instant evaluation of the camera streaming and controls. The camera driver and Kernel patches are also available to integrate into custom development setup.
 
3.2 Where can I find the camera driver source code?
 
The source code for the camera driver for i.MX 8QM along with the necessary kernel and device tree patches are provided in the software release package.
 
3.3 Does the camera support Torizon OS with Apalis i.MX 8QM?
 
The camera is compatible with Torizon OS for i.MX 8QM with the Ixora development kit.
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3.4 Does the camera support Android OS with Apalis i.MX 8QM?
 
Currently the camera has support for the Embedded Linux and Torizon OS. For Android support, please write to sales@e-consystems.com.
 
3.5 How to connect the camera to the Ixora development kit?
 
Kindly refer to the e-CAM50_CUiMX8_Getting_Started_Manual.pdf from Developer Resources website to find more details on how to connect the camera with Ixora development kit.
 
 4. Customization requests
  
4.1 Is it possible to get RAW Bayer frames from the camera?
 
By default, e-CAM50_CUiMX8 camera module does not support RAW Bayer format. e-con Systems can customize the camera driver and the firmware according to your requirement. Kindly write your requirements to sales@e-consystems.com.
 
4.2 How to add support for custom resolution?
 
It is possible to support custom resolution in the firmware. For customization, please write to sales@e-consystems.com.
 
4.3 I need a different lens to cover more FOV. How to do it?
 
The camera supports M12 lens holder. You shall be able to use any standard S-mount lens (M12 x 0.5) with the default lens holder. Please write to sales@e-consystems.com for lens suggestions.
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4.4 Can I change the lens mount from S-mount to C-mount?
 
It is possible to support C-mount lens holder as a hardware customization effort.
 
4.5 Is it possible to use the camera with Apalis iMX6 instead of i.MX8?
 
e-CAM50_CUiMX8 camera is compatible with both Apalis i.MX6 and i.MX8, since Ixora development kit supports both these processors. The software drivers needs to be chosen based on the processor.
 
4.6 Is it possible to use the camera with Apalis/Verdin/Dahlia development kit instead of Ixora carrier board?
 
Current version of the adapter board is compatible with Ixora board. Support shall be extended in future revisions for Verdin and Dahlia carrier boards.
4.7 Can we use the same camera with other i.MX 8QM carrier boards?
 
For other development kits, adapter board and software should be modified. Please write to sales@e-consystems.com for your customization request.
 
4.8 Does this camera have Strobe support (as in the OV5640 camera module with Ixora)?
 
Currently, the Strobe option is not supported. For customization, please write to sales@e-consystems.com.
 
4.9 Is there any way to synchronize this camera with other sensors in my carrier board?
 
Synchronization using external trigger pulse is possible with e-CAM50_CUiMX8 through customization. Please write to sales@e-consystems.com with your requirements.
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4.10 Is it possible to customize the form factor of the camera to suit my application?
 
Hardware customization is possible. For customization, please write to sales@e-consystems.com with your requirements.
 5. Miscellaneous
  
5.1 Can I use this camera under low light conditions with IR lighting?
 
e-CAM50_CUiMX8 is based on AR0521 image sensor, which is an excellent low light image sensor with low noise and good performance under NIR lighting. For NIR lighting conditions, please use a different lens, since the default lens supplied with the camera has IR cut filter.
 
5.2 Is this a suitable camera for an industrial application?
 
e-CAM50_CUiMX8 camera has 2.2┬Ám pixel size and responsivity of 18.8 ke-/lux sec, providing excellent quality with sharp images. With an on-board ISP, capable of various image tuning parameters such as AWB, AE, and so on, this camera can be used in various industrial applications.
 
5.3 Is this camera FCC/CE certified?
 
e-CAM50_CUiMX8 is a RoHS compliant OEM camera module. e-con Systems recommends customers to integrate the camera module in their target products for the final certifications like CE/FCC.
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5.4 Is there any mechanical and temperature test reports available for the camera?
 
The camera is tested for some environmental test conditions specific to temperature and vibrational cases. Reliability test report will be shared with customers on case to case basis.
 
5.5 Where and how to get support for the basic integration and testing the camera?
 
e-con Systems pledge to provide the best possible customer support. For basic integration support and testing, you can contact our Chat support team or mail to techsupport@e-consystems.com.
 
5.6 Where can I find the warranty terms for this camera?
 
To know about our General Product Warranty Terms, please visit the General Warranty Terms page on our website - www.e-consystems.com/warranty.asp.
 
5.7 What is the return policy for this product?
 
To know about our Return Material Authorization (RMA), please visit the RMA Policy page on our website - www.e-consystems.com/RMA-Policy.asp.