ArduCAM Mini ESP8266 Web Camera




Introduction: ArduCAM Mini ESP8266 Web Camera

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This video demonstrates using an ArduCAM Mini with an ESP8266-12E development board. The ESP8266 web interface allows jpeg files to be captured and stored to the onboard memory. The stored files can be accessed and displayed on a web browser. The interface also allows video streaming!

This little web camera can be used in many ways. A spy camera, time lapse camera, nanny cam, wildlife cam, etc. I'm planning on using as part of my high tech chicken coop security system: another project for another day!

Step 1: What You Need


  • ArduCAM Mini module
  • ESP8266-12E module
  • Jumper wires, male/female


Step 2: Source Code

This video illustrates the source code features of the Arduino IDE sketch. I had a hard time finding working source code examples so I decided to write my own. There includes a fix for common ArduCAM issues like dark image captures and blocky chopped distorted images. The application allows video capture and streaming to a web browser. It also allows capture to the onboard ESP8266 memory. These images are listed on the web browser where they can be viewed and downloaded.

If you've never used the Arduino IDE with an ESP8266-12E, you will need to import some libraries. The following video demonstrates how to get your ESP8266-12E connected to the Arduino IDE:

Step 3: Using the ArduCAM Mini Application

While the application is designed to be used as a stand alone web interface it can also be accessed by another web server. The stored images, live captures and streamed video can be accessed in several ways.

First, they can all be accessed directly on a web browser.

To embed in a web page an HTML image tag can be used:

I hope this helps you get started using the ArduCAM Mini with the ESP8266-12E.

Let me know if this helped you!

I'd love to hear how people are using the application.



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29 Discussions

Hello sir,

My serial monitor is not giving me any information. I copied the code word for word and double checked the wiring. Please help.


Question 26 days ago

Hello, I have OV9655 and OV2640, can they also be interfaced with ESP8266?


1 year ago

Could it work as security cam?

Is it possible to send fotos to e-mail?

What have to be changed in the code?

Thanks, great job!

1 reply

The answer can be yes but I don't know how

Hello! Please inform me that can I use any USB webcam in place of arducam mini camera. If yes, then please let me know How can I use it.

2 replies

I also have this question. Have you found any information on it yet?

Hello. Can I use OV7670 camera module with ESP8266 wi fi module. Please Help

1 reply

I have a problem to open a webpage (

The serial monitor says webpage is started but it does not open the Webpage with that ip address.

What must I do to solve that problem ?

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Hi. I seem to have the same problem... Can you please tell me how you solved it?

You should try the examples first. And you can contact me :)

Hello Sir, I've a problem here. my serial monitor says it has detected camera but no webpage is opening at that ip address. i've tried to modify the code but it's still not responding. what problems can happen? please help me.

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I have the same Problem, did you solve it ?

Yes solved. I used the example code of arducam websocket library. Then i modified it to generate the page automatically. The streaming is messy but pictures are okay.


Can you please help me how to do it. I can see from my serial monitor the server started but i cannot access the website. I am unable to open the website at that ipaddress.