I hope this is in the right section and i'll make this as short as possible.
I am a Newbie when it comes to Arduino; I am trying to teach myself, following tutorials on the net as I find them. So far I have been fairly sucuessful at recreating most any simple project I've tried. Everything from my 16x2 LCD to a thrown together motor controller on the breadboard, anyway. Tonight I was in Radio Shack and I happened across this [http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=16513056]. It was on clearance for $15 so I could not pass it up. Got home and started trying to find a sketch, something, anything that would let me see that it was working via serial.
I started out by gong here [http://blog.radioshack.com/2013/01/radioshack-camera-shield-for-arduino-boards/] and getting the included zip that contained a sketch and other useful datasheets / reference. After uploading the Camera sketch and trying to run it, I realized it was looking for a SD card (which I don't have yet). I started searching for a sketch that didn't require the SD card that might give me some hint it was working, I have not been successful yet.
I found the datasheet for the Video Processor [http://www.adafruit.com/datasheets/VC0706%20Digital%20Video%20Processor%20Datasheet.pdf] as well as References to serial commands to control the camera via the uart. I also downloaded the library for the chip from Adafruit, as well as another from github. Still after doing all that I can't get any response from it Via serial or anywhere else.
One thing that is still got me confused is it's operating voltage, RS has it listed as 5v I have also read that it runs at 3v. Could someone point me in the right direction so can at least know it's working? I am no where near smart enough to do some of the things I want to do but if I ever needed the part for something I would already have it, Below are the links to the libraries I installed for the camera.
This is the last sketch I tried before giving up. Maybe you guys can tell me what is wrong. [http://www.electronics123.net/amazon/datasheet/y201ttlasc.txt]