darktaxa-project: darktaxa camera, DTC-1, 7-2021

David Young und Michael Reisch, collaborative project for darktaxa-project: noPublication


The darktaxa camera, DTC-1 is a low-tech self-made/homebuilt camera based on Raspberry PI. The DTC-1 can take photos, but the "photo" is not saved as a .jpg, but as a sequence of 0101 (binary code, as a .txt file). After the shutter button is pressed, all 0101s (the total image information) are displayed on the DTC-1's screen in sequence. It takes about 14 days for a photo to be displayed at a readable speed.


darktaxa-camera: DTC-1
DTC-1 / darktaxa-camera / optical-computational
Key Features:
8MP resolution with SONY IMX219 CMOS image sensor
Fixed focus lens on-board
OmniBSI technology for high performance (high sensitivity, low crosstalk, low noise)
2 Modes: binary text, darktaxa jpeg
Sensor 1/4’’ SONY IMX219 CMOS
Pixel 8 Mega Pixel
Most effective pixels 3296(H) x 2480(V)
Pixel Size 1.12µm x 1.12µm
Image area 5095um(H) x 4930um (V)
Shutter Type Electronic rolling shutter
Focus type Fixed focus
Chroma Color, RGB
Input clock frequency 6 to 27 MHz
PGA 44.56 dB (Max.)
Lens FOV 70°
ADC Resolution 10 Bit
Image File Format binary text, darktaxa-jpeg
Storage temperature -20°C to 70°C
Auto Black-Level Calibration Support
Auto Exposure Control (AEC) Support
Auto White Balance (AEB) Support
Auto Gain Control (AGC) Support
DVDD 1.2V (+/-5%)
AVDD 2.6V- 3.0V
DOVDD 1.7V- 3.0V
CPU: Raspberry Pi 4
Storage: 250 GB
Media/Memory Card Slot none
Connectivity USB Type-A, HDMI D (Micro)
Wireless Wi-Fi
Battery 1 x Rechargeable Lithium-Polymer, 5V 10000mAh
*** Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.76 x 3.3 x 2.17" / 121 x 83.7 x 55.1 mm
*** Weight 13.05 oz / 370 g (Body with Battery and Memory)