NORVI AI Optic is an ESP32-S3 autofocus camera with dual LED flashlight, 2.1-inch LCD display

NORVI Controllers’ AI Optic – also written as AIOptic – is an ESP32-S3 camera solution with a 5MP OV5640 autofocus camera module, a 2.1-inch LCD Display, a dual LED flashlight, and a microSD card for data storage.

The camera also features a USB-C port for power and programming and a built-in 600mAh backup battery. It comes with a rotary switch for menu navigation and power on/off and supports external triggers via a dry contact input.


NORVI AI Optic specifications:

  • Wireless module – ESP32-S3-WROOM-1U-N16R8
    • MCU – ESP32-S3 dual-core Tensilica LX7 up to 240 MHz with vector extension (for ML/AI), 512KB SRAM
    • Memory – 8MB PSRAM
    • Storage – 16MB flash
    • Wireless – WiFi 4 and Bluetooth LE 5
  • Storage – MicroSD card slot
  • Display – Optional 2.1-inch LCD display with 320×240 resolution using ST7789 driver
  • Camera – 5MP OV5640 autofocus camera
  • USB – 1x USB Type-C port for power and programming
  • Misc
    • Dual LED flashlight
    • Joystick toggle switch (rotary switch)
    • External trigger dry contact input
    • 1/4-20 UNC camera mount
  • Power Supply
    • 5V via USB-C port
    • Built-in 3.7V/600mAh backup battery; BQ25180YBGR battery charger
  • Dimensions – 69 x 50 x 21 mm
  • IP Rating – IP20

ESP32-S3 camera rotary switch and trigger input

NORVI ESP32-S3 camera block diagram

The Arduino source code for the ESP32-S3 AI OPTIC camera firmware and associated libraries can be found on GitHub. As I understand it, the firmware makes the AI OPTIC work like a normal camera with a configuration menu navigable with the rotary switch, a trigger button to take a photo with or without flash, support for an external trigger, and a display for the menu and show the captured images. The user manual goes into more detail about the hardware and firmware.

We had written about several ESP32-S3 camera boards before since it’s an ideal candidate for ML applications thanks to its vector extensions. Some of those boards include LILYGO T-SIMCAM with 4G LTE connectivity, FireBeetle 2 ESP32-S3 camera board, Tokay Lite, and LILYGO T-Camera-Plus-S3 board with night vision and touchscreen display. One of the main differences is that NORVI AI Optic is more of a complete product with an enclosure, and the closest competitor I can think of right now is the M5Stack CoreS3 with a 2.1-inch display and a low-resolution VGA camera.

NORVI AI OPTIC ESP32-S3 camera is sold on the company’s website starting at $65 (no display) and $80 (with LCD), and customers can also add a camera bracket or a long arm stand if needed. Additional information may also be found on the product page.

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