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ESP8266 WiFi Time lapse Camera

ESP8266 Time lapse WiFi Camera

When this started out I was actually going to make a motion triggered wireless camera. This quickly became a self challenge to see how long I would be able to run the camera on 3 AA rechargeable batteries taking pictures every 5 minutes.

Important Note!

This design operates at higher voltage than then the ESP8266 the rated for. Three fully charged Nickel Metal hydride AAA batteries typically produce at least 4volts.
BE AWARE THAT THERE IS RISK OF DAMAGE TO THE ESP MODULE.
!!DO NOT USE STANDARD ALKALINE BATTIRES!!

ESP8266 Time Lapse Camera by James Eckert

Primary Components

ESP8266-12E hookup

  • Standard ESP connections as well as GPIO16--1K--RST ( for Deep Sleep Control)

  • Light Sensor Vcc--1K--CDS-(A0)-1K--GND
CDS and Mosfet Conections by James Eckert

ArduCAM_Mini Cam hookup

  • GPIO5 to Gate of BS170 mosfet
  • ArduCAM ground to Drain of mosfet, Source of mosfet to Ground
    • Due to power drop across the mosfet camera only operates when hooked up to batteries.
  • SDA=GPIO0 SDL=GPIO2
  • CS=GPIO4 MOSI=GPIO13 SCK=GPIO14 MOS0=GPIO12
ArduCAM to ESP826612E Conections by James Eckert

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