PineCube Camera Dev Kit Powered by 5MP Omnivison OV5640

PineCube Camera Dev Kit Powered by 5MP Omnivison OV5640


Pine64 announced its open-spec PineCube back in 2019 as a device called The Cube equipped with the 8-megapixel Sony iMX179 CMOS sensor. But for the technical issues with the Sony sensor, they changed it into a 5MP OmniVision OV5640 sensor and implemented the new name PineCube. The camera development kit has now shipped for $29.99.

The PineCube is powered by the SoC Cortex-A7 based Allwinner (Sochip) S3 clocked at 800MHz. This camera-application minded SoC allows [email protected] decode and encode with support for up to two HD cameras. The OmniVision OV5640 is a 1/4 inch CMOS sensor that captures 2592 X 1944 @ 15fps and 1920 X 1080 @ 30fps video. It has an electronic rolling shutter with autofocus support for objects at 10cm-to-infinity distance. It comes with an adjustable control over brightness, contrast, color saturation, hue, gamma, white balance, and exposure. It has a FOV of 65-degree.

The PineCube

There is only a single RAM option of 128MB DDR3 and 26 pin GPIO for this 55 x 51.5 x 51mm 55gram board. Other features incorporate fast ethernet with passive PoE, 2.4GHz WiFi, micro-USB power, and USB 2.0 host ports, mic and speaker, and a bootable microSD slot. A battery pack and a 4.5-inch display are optional. The PineCube also offers an M12-compatible attachment. A variety of lens attachments are available for the kit.

PineCube Specification Summary :

  • Processor: Allwinner S3 (1x Cortex-A7 @ 800MHz)
  • Memory/storage:
    • 128MB DDR3
    • 128Mb SPI NOR flash
    • MicroSD slot (bootable)
  • Networking:
    • 10/100Mbps Ethernet port with passive PoE
    • 2.4GHz 802.11n/g/b
  • Sensor:
    • OmniVision OV5640 camera sensor — 5MP with M12 attachment for optional lenses
    • IR LED array for night vision
    • Photoresistor sensor
    • Mic, speakers, volume button
    • Optional 4.5-inch RGB LCD screen
  • Other I/O:
    • USB 2.0 host port
    • Micro-USB port for PD
    • 26-pin GPIO
  • Power: 5V/1A via micro-USB or 4-18V via PoE; optional 950-1600mAh Lithium Polymer Ion Battery Pack (model 903048)
  • Operating System: Linux SDK; supports NixOS, stock Linux

More information: The PineCube is available now for $29.99 on Pine64’s shopping and wiki pages.

Myself Rik and I am founder of Riktronics. I study Electronics and Communication Engineering in IIE. My hobby is playing with electronics and making various projects, mainly about embedded systems. Love to do coding, and making tutorials about electronics/programming. Contact me in any need at [email protected] My blog :

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