How to Use OV7670 Camera Module With Arduino?




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Here we introduced one OV7670 camera module just purchased online, including the communication of camera module and Arduino UNO, the using ways to take photo via camera module, and so on. This is an Arduino camera module, adopted the Surveillance cameras digital image processing chip-OV0706, specially designed for image acquisition and processing application, based on TTL communication interface, very convenient to connect with Arduino controller, able to read image and data via UART serial port, and then perform some image processing. This is a detailed DIY guide for the OV7670 TTL and UART camera, and you can also download the code from ElecFreaks.

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Step 1: General Description

This camera module can perform image processing such as AWB (auto white balance), AE (automatic exposure) and AGC (automatic gain control), for the video signal coming from CMOS sensor. What’s more, in fusion of other advanced technology such as image enhancement processing under low illumination, and image noise intelligent forecast and suppress, this module would output high quality digital video signals by standard CCIR656 interface. OV7670 built-in JPEG decoder supported reatime encoding for collected image, and external controller can easily read the M – JPEG video streams, achieving the camera design of double stream. OV7670 supported motion detection and OSD display function of screen characters and pattern overlay, capable of self-defining detection area and sensitivity.

Step 2: Test OV7670 Camera Module - Needed Tool for Testing

  • Hardware

SD Module

Digital key module

Arduino UNO

Jumper wire

USB cable

OV7670 camera module

  • Software


Arduino IDE(download it from official website)

Step 3: Hardware Connection

  1. Connect the hardware as the diagram shows.
  2. Physical diagram.

Step 4: Software Use and Code Programming

  1. Firstly download the two files of Camera_OV0706_lib and Camera_OV0706_TEST from the Camera Module Code written by ElecFreaks and then unzip it.
  2. Put the unzipped file of Camera_OV0706_lib into the Arduino IDE folder of Libraries.

  3. Open unzipped file of Camera_OV0706_TEST, and the program the code into UNO. The detailed steps are demonstrated in the pictures.

  4. Click Tools,and then choose the board of Arduino UNO.

  5. Click Tools / Serial Port,and then choose the corresponding COM number.

  6. And then click the button of programming like below in red rectangle, program the code into the UNO board until done uploading appears.

  7. Finally open the monitoring serial port as below in red rectangle.

  8. When the serial port display the data like demonstrated below, you can press the digital keys to take a photo.

  9. If photo was taken successfully, the serial port would be displayed.

Until now, the module testing has been completed. Thanks for reading.

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55 Discussions

Priyanshu roy

2 years ago

How can I use old mobile camera as a camera module I have a Nokia camera please anyone tell me about this 14 pin camera

2 replies
NajnarinPriyanshu roy

Reply 4 weeks ago

I also have it let me know if anyone finds solution.
Even i will let you know if i find any.

vinay0745Priyanshu roy

Reply 1 year ago

if you have done some with that camera ....please tell me...i have the same module too


3 months ago

I would like to have the ov7670 feed into a usb via a arduino nano so that I am just recordingnot sure how to go about it though I figure it shouldn't be to much hassle. PS I'm new to this

1 reply

Reply 2 months ago

please help me how to use ov7670 with arduino i am not able to do so


5 months ago

CMD shows
Access is denied. :|

Tiago Maciel

1 year ago

Can I use HC-SR04 to active ?

Tiago Maciel

1 year ago

Can I use presence sensor HC-SR04 to active the camera?

Does this camera have the ability to stream video or just take pictures?


1 year ago

Looks like the camera is an OV0706. See link


1 year ago

1.6.8 (Windows 10), Board: "Arduino/Genuino Uno"

error: prototype for 'uint8_t camera_VC0706::setMotionStatus(uint8_t, uint8_t,
uint8_t)' does not match any in class 'camera_VC0706'

uint8_t camera_VC0706::setMotionStatus(uint8_t
x, uint8_t d1, uint8_t d2) {


In file
included from C:\Users\MONZÓN\Desktop\arduino-1.6.8\libraries\camera_VC0706\camera_VC0706.cpp:10:0:

error: candidate is: boolean camera_VC0706::setMotionStatus(uint8_t, uint8_t,

boolean setMotionStatus(uint8_t x, uint8_t
d1, uint8_t d2);


exit status

compiling for board Arduino/Genuino Uno.

This report
would have more information with

verbose output during compilation"

enabled in File -> Preferences.


Reply 2 years ago

Dear Sir

I am having trouble with OV7670 camera with fifo and i want to display picture using it on laptop using arduino uno.

Kindly help me by providing connection and codes for OV7670 camera with arduino.

Its very important.



2 years ago

The instructions and code seem to be for VC0706 camera and not OV7670. The article mentions OV7670, the code has lib and test folders named after OV0706 and the source code has header file for camera VC0706. This is very confusing.

OV7670 does not have tx rx pins while VC0706 does.

2 replies

Reply 2 years ago

The instructions and code seem to be for VC0706 camera and not OV7670. ?????

sir did u test that , is that codes will differ for VC0706 and OV7670