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I bought a cheap peephole camera that comes with a viewing tablet. Something like this.

The tablet has no ability to interface with any other system (no Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB). It is a simple PCB with a cheap Chinese chip.

The camera itself is decent. My plan is to somehow connect it to a Raspberry Pi Zero and use it to stream the video over network. (Software developer here, that part is not a problem.)

Can you tell me which type of connector this is? Is there any reasonably convenient way to connect this to a Raspberry Pi?

EDIT: This seems to be the chip manufacturer

EDIT: I'm adding two pictures here:

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for starting the conversation but its more like a PCB or motherboard connector. I dont think its analog. \$\endgroup\$
    – isaric
    Oct 13, 2021 at 15:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ Added two images of my own \$\endgroup\$
    – isaric
    Oct 13, 2021 at 15:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ Give us a scope image of the video signal and we'll be able to give you better advice. \$\endgroup\$
    – Hearth
    Oct 13, 2021 at 15:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ Looks like a Hirose high speed connector. The exact type will be downto the pitch and other mechanical dimension \$\endgroup\$
    – user16222
    Oct 13, 2021 at 15:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ No, a picture of an oscilloscope showing what the signal on the line looks like. \$\endgroup\$
    – Hearth
    Oct 13, 2021 at 15:30

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It's a board to board connector with one side mounted on a flex PCB. There are loads of variants, perhaps someone can find the exact one.

But even if you do find out what the connector itself is, it probablly won't help you much. As a general rule connector manufacturers just make connectors, they don't specify the electrical interfaces used over them. There are a handful of connectors designed specifically for some particular interface standard but that is the exception not the rule.

I strongly suspect that the connector carries the raw interface to the camera sensor. Unfortunately raw camera interfaces aren't very standardised, some camera sensors use standard interfaces like MIPI CSI for the actual image data but even when they do they need sensor-specific configuration before they will produce image data.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ so, abandon all hope? \$\endgroup\$
    – isaric
    Oct 14, 2021 at 16:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ If you aren't up for a destructive teardown of the camera itself to figure out what the sensor is, pouring over the darker corners of the internet for a leaked datasheet for the sensor, manually belling out the cable to figure out which pin is which and then somehow hacking up something to drive it probablly yes. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 14, 2021 at 16:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ ok, fair enough. I'll let it stew for another day before I confirm the answer, if that's ok with you. \$\endgroup\$
    – isaric
    Oct 14, 2021 at 16:14

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