Pine64 announced its open-spec PineCube back in 2019 as a device called The Cube equipped with the 8-megapixel Sony iMX179 CMOS sensor. But for the technical issues with the Sony sensor, they changed it into a 5MP OmniVision OV5640 sensor and implemented the new name PineCube. The camera development kit has now shipped for $29.99.
The PineCube is powered by the SoC Cortex-A7 based Allwinner (Sochip) S3 clocked at 800MHz. This camera-application minded SoC allows 1080P@60fps decode and encode with support for up to two HD cameras. The OmniVision OV5640 is a 1/4 inch CMOS sensor that captures 2592 X 1944 @ 15fps and 1920 X 1080 @ 30fps video. It has an electronic rolling shutter with autofocus support for objects at 10cm-to-infinity distance. It comes with an adjustable control over brightness, contrast, color saturation, hue, gamma, white balance, and exposure. It has a FOV of 65-degree.
There is only a single RAM option of 128MB DDR3 and 26 pin GPIO for this 55 x 51.5 x 51mm 55gram board. Other features incorporate fast ethernet with passive PoE, 2.4GHz WiFi, micro-USB power, and USB 2.0 host ports, mic and speaker, and a bootable microSD slot. A battery pack and a 4.5-inch display are optional. The PineCube also offers an M12-compatible attachment. A variety of lens attachments are available for the kit.