Edeard95
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RasPiRaw camera compatibility

Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:31 pm

Link to original thread: viewtopic.php?f=43&t=109137&start=500

I have a sensor which I'm trying to link up to my PI via the CSI port. I was hoping that someone could help me out by pointing me in the right direction with steps on how to add this sensors compatibility.

I know that 6by9 isn't keen to be bombarded by requests to add sensor abc123 to his base function code, so pointers/general procedures are welcome.

If anyone would like to give more specific help, the sensor i have is from the SONY A380 DSLR. I've found the firmware on their website to work backwards from to build the right compatibility.

Thanks in advance

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Re: RasPiRaw camera compatibility

Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:41 pm

Have you got any electrical information on the sensor itself? A pinout would be a start.
Dslrs rarely use csi2 sensors as the spec was written for mobile sensors, and there are faster interfaces around if you are designing custom asics.
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Edeard95
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Re: RasPiRaw camera compatibility

Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:32 pm

Thank you so much for replying!

I am working on finding a pinout diagram, seems to be a guarded secret for a 10 year old component.

As far as the CSI port goes, I have managed to slide a CSI cable into the only apparent slot on the sensor without much difficulty.

I will get back to you when I find more technical information.

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Re: RasPiRaw camera compatibility

Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:25 am

There are no standard pinout for those flexi cables, and there are many different pitches of the conductors within them too. Particularly in a dslr I'd expect it to be a finer pitch than the standard camera connector on the Pi.

Be very careful plugging in random cables - there is a high risk of shorts or otherwise blowing up either or both of the devices.
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