Need help with communication between raspberrypi/arduino and camera

Hi everyone, I am struggling with my school project, having issues with the communication between raspberry pi and my camera.
The camera that I am using for my project is : PL-A741 Machine Vision Camera
I am trying to control the camera without a computer, sending function for it to capture image and store it in the SD card. (similar function to a webcam module)


  1. Communication between the camera and raspberry pi (hardware)- As the camera I am using is supported only with firewire, what is the hardware or circuit needed that may help to change it to USB supported which could be plug into the USB port of the raspberry pi.

  2. If there is a way to convert it to USB, how can I control the camera using the USB library? I have checked a few camera libraries and none of it supported this camera.

Your assistance on this would be greatly appreciated.


  1. I don’t have a clue how you would build this yourself, but I know you can buy FireWire --> USB converters online, just Google for “firewire to usb converter”

  2. I don’t know this sadly.