Did you know the SAMD51 has a PCC (parallel capture) peripheral, for reading in camera/video data? that’s right, you can directly wire up OV7670/OV2640-like cameras to a SAMD51 and then read out image data into a RAM buffer. We just got support into CircuitPython as well, so we can read a buffer, as seen here, then pipe it back out over SPI to a TFT. Could be great for image recognition, tinyML, DIY cameras, IoT monitoring, etc! The camera almost-perfectly plugs into a Grand Central, you have to cut the two pins for 3V/GND and rewire them, as well as adding I2C pullups. Check out the library here https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit_CircuitPython_OV7670 – video.
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