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Figure 18 - A complete set of breadboard compatible cables for a micro camera
Figure 18 - A complete set of breadboard compatible cables for a micro camera

I work a lot with machine vision, robotics, and video generation, so it is useful to have the ability to drop an NTSC camera right onto my solderless breadboard. For this task, I have made the necessary power connector for a 9 volt battery, as well as the necessary 3 pin camera connector and another RCA cable to feed back to the video monitor. With these breadboard compatible cables, it takes only seconds to add a video signal to my machine vision project or connect a monitor to my video generator.



Figure 19 - A micro video camera image displayed on a small LCD monitor
Figure 19 - A micro video camera image displayed on a small LCD monitor

If you are planning to do a lot of work with video cameras, then a small LCD monitor with a composite input will be a must have tool for your kit. You can often find these small video monitors at any gaming supply outlet or even in the auto department of a hardware store. These small monitors are used as portable gaming screens or as video displays in recreation vehicles and passenger vehicles for rear view cameras. Many small televisions also include RCA jacks on the back to input composite video sources, and these are normally fully compatible with most security cameras, too.



Now that you have the basic understanding of how to get the video signal out of your security camera, you can begin to design your covert spy system, machine vision robot, or practically any project that requires a video source or video screen.
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