How to retrieve images from WROVER esp32 camera


Firstly - this is my first post so apologies if I break any rules - just let me know and I’ll fix up

I have ESPHOME with Home Assistant that is running Supervisor mode on a Raspberry Pi4. I have recently configured up a Freenove ESP32-WROVER-DEV which has an “inbuilt” camera. Everything appears to be working fine and the camera appears to be taking shots every 10seconds - my question is how do I recover these shots in HA?

Here’s the log output and YAML if this helps at all

[10:49:13][I][app:102]: ESPHome version 2022.6.3 compiled on Aug 16 2022, 10:46:47
[10:49:13][C][wifi:491]: WiFi:
[10:49:13][C][wifi:353]:   Local MAC: 44:17:93:E3:B5:24
[10:49:13][C][wifi:354]:   SSID: [redacted]
[10:49:13][C][wifi:355]:   IP Address:
[10:49:13][C][wifi:357]:   BSSID: [redacted]
[10:49:13][C][wifi:358]:   Hostname: 'wrover1'
[10:49:13][C][wifi:360]:   Signal strength: -36 dB ▂▄▆█
[10:49:13][C][wifi:364]:   Channel: 12
[10:49:13][C][wifi:365]:   Subnet:
[10:49:13][C][wifi:366]:   Gateway:
[10:49:13][C][wifi:367]:   DNS1:
[10:49:13][C][wifi:368]:   DNS2:
[10:49:13][C][logger:275]: Logger:
[10:49:13][C][logger:276]:   Level: DEBUG
[10:49:13][C][logger:277]:   Log Baud Rate: 115200
[10:49:13][C][logger:278]:   Hardware UART: UART0
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:048]: ESP32 Camera:
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:049]:   Name: My_Camera
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:050]:   Internal: NO
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:052]:   Data Pins: D0:4 D1:5 D2:18 D3:19 D4:36 D5:39 D6:34 D7:35
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:053]:   VSYNC Pin: 25
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:054]:   HREF Pin: 23
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:055]:   Pixel Clock Pin: 22
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:056]:   External Clock: Pin:21 Frequency:20000000
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:057]:   I2C Pins: SDA:26 SCL:27
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:058]:   Reset Pin: -1
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:076]:   Resolution: 640x480 (VGA)
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:101]:   JPEG Quality: 10
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:103]:   Contrast: 0
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:104]:   Brightness: 0
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:105]:   Saturation: 0
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:106]:   Vertical Flip: ON
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:107]:   Horizontal Mirror: ON
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:108]:   Special Effect: 0
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:109]:   White Balance Mode: 0
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:112]:   Auto Exposure Control: 1
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:113]:   Auto Exposure Control 2: 0
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:114]:   Auto Exposure Level: 0
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:115]:   Auto Exposure Value: 300
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:116]:   AGC: 1
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:117]:   AGC Gain: 0
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:118]:   Gain Ceiling: 0
[10:49:13][C][esp32_camera:124]:   Test Pattern: NO
[10:49:13][C][psram:020]: PSRAM:
[10:49:13][C][psram:021]:   Available: YES
[10:49:13][C][captive_portal:088]: Captive Portal:
[10:49:13][C][mdns:084]: mDNS:
[10:49:13][C][mdns:085]:   Hostname: wrover1
[10:49:13][C][ota:085]: Over-The-Air Updates:
[10:49:13][C][ota:086]:   Address: wrover1.local:3232
[10:49:13][C][ota:089]:   Using Password.
[10:49:13][C][api:138]: API Server:
[10:49:13][C][api:139]:   Address: wrover1.local:6053
[10:49:13][C][api:141]:   Using noise encryption: YES
[10:49:16][D][esp32_camera:168]: Got Image: len=9480
[10:49:26][D][esp32_camera:168]: Got Image: len=9473
[10:49:31][D][api:102]: Accepted ::FFFF:C0A8:10E
[10:49:32][D][api.connection:861]: Home Assistant 2022.8.4 (::FFFF:C0A8:10E): Connected successfully
**[10:49:36][D][esp32_camera:168]: Got Image: len=9545**
  name: wrover1

  board: esp-wrover-kit
    type: arduino

# Enable logging

# Enable Home Assistant API
    key: "[redacted]"

  password: "[redacted]"

  ssid: !secret wifi_ssid
  password: !secret wifi_password

  # Enable fallback hotspot (captive portal) in case wifi connection fails
    ssid: "Wrover1 Fallback Hotspot"
    password: [redacted]


    pin: GPIO21
    frequency: 20MHz
    sda: GPIO26
    scl: GPIO27
  data_pins: [GPIO4, GPIO5, GPIO18, GPIO19, GPIO36, GPIO39, GPIO34, GPIO35]
  vsync_pin: GPIO25
  href_pin: GPIO23
  pixel_clock_pin: GPIO22

  # Image settings
  name: My_Camera

Any help would be greatly appreciated - thanks

By adding the camera entity to a home assistant dashboard page.

Thanks for your quick reply - no sooner than I had read your reply than I noticed HA had added it to the dfeault dashboard all on it’s own. The only change I made just beforehand was to remove a blank space from the camera name - I suspect this made the difference

Anyhow - thanks for your reply

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Did you have any other configuration related to the camera? Your log shows that there are some camera parameters (contrast etc.), but I suppose those could be visible on my log too if the camera setup succeeded. I have a similar board (not Freenove branded though) and I cannot get the camera working. ESPHOME camera - Setup Failed: ESP_ERR_NOT_FOUND - #4 by rantaki3

I start to think that I should just order another, this time Freenove board, as it seems to work for you.

Yes but you don’t even follow advice.

I suppose you cannot answer on behalf of ian.c.bell? I asked the question for confirming that there was nothing more to get it working i.e. the example worked for his board as it is. If so, then I will get the same board - actually ordered it already.