I am working on a “Deep Sea” payload that will travel several hundred or thousand feet below sea level. It will be controlled by an Arduino. There will be temperature and pressure sensors attached, and their data will be logged. We also want to take pictures with a cheap webcam.
Is the Arduino powerful enough to take a plain picture from the webcam and store it on a SD card or flash drive every couple seconds? There does not need to be any processing, just snap and save.
Also, could I use a VDIP2 module from FTDI to connect the webcam to the Arduino? I would then try to use a flash drive on the other VDIP2 USB port to store the pictures. Would this work?
If the Arduino is simply not powerful enough, could you recommend an Atmel micro that could be programmed by WinAVR that is powerful enough to do this?