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e-CAM55_CUMI0521_MOD - e-con Systems

Manufacture: e-con Systems
Device Type: Camera
Interface: MIPI CSI-2
Operating Temperature: -30°C to 70°C
Features: Chroma Type: Color
Focus: Fixed Focus
Housing: Bare Board
Integrated ISP
Lens Mount: S-mount
Pixels: 5MP
Resolution: 2592 × 1944
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor: AR0521
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Compatible Setups

The following table shows which setups were tested with this device, including the setup details and date of test:

Hardware / Firmware VersionModule (Version)Board (Version)OS (OS / BSP Version)NoteTest Date
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e-con Systems provides a user manual with comprehensive instructions to make the camera work. In this article, we summarize some of those steps for a quick reference, but you should not skip reading the e-con Systems documentation:

Tip: in the link above, you will also find the camera datasheet and the schematics for the adapter board for Ixora, ACC-IXORA-WTB-ADP, among other documents.


The camera module e-CAM55_CUMI0521_MOD from e-con Systems is sold together with an adapter board and cables as the evaluation kit e-CAM50_CUiMX8.

The kit works out-of-the-box with the following computer on modules:

  • Apalis iMX8QM SoM

Toradex and e-con Systems are working to also support the following computer on modules:

  • Apalis iMX6
  • Verdin iMX8M Mini

Any Toradex carrier board that supports the MIPI CSI-2 interface connects to the camera kit out-of-the-box, hardware-wise:

  • Ixora Carrier Board
  • Dahlia Carrier Board
  • Verdin Development Board

Embedded Linux

Note: support was added from the BSP version 5.0.0+devel-202008 onwards, a.k.a. August monthly build.

The camera works both with the Toradex BSP Layers and Reference Images for Yocto Project and Torizon. The camera device driver and device tree are integrated into the Toradex BSP Layers and the binaries are deployed to the reference images. Using them is easy:

Reference Images for Yocto Project

Install the Toradex Reference Multimedia pre-built image using the Toradex Easy Installer.

Stop U_Boot and set the correct device tree:

> setenv fdtfile fsl-imx8qm-apalis-v1.1-eval-ar0521.dtb
> saveenv
> reset

On the Linux terminal, run a Gstreamer pipeline:

$ gst-launch-1.0 v4l2src device='/dev/video4' ! video/x-raw,format=RGB16,width=1920,height=1080,framerate=30/1 ! waylandsink -v
Click here to see the Gstreamer command output

For troubleshooting, you can verify that the camera driver is starting correctly:

$ dmesg | grep ar0
[    7.045228] ar0521 5-0042: Current Firmware Version - (1150CU96RKV1901110d381894XXXXXXX)
[   11.646248] mx8-img-md: Registered sensor subdevice: ar0521 5-0042 (1)
[   11.750804] mx8-img-md: created link [ar0521 5-0042] => [mxc-mipi-csi2.1]


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