I've hand soldered wires (that terminate in a .1" male heading) to all 24 leads of the larger one, but I'm afraid to start coding. I don't expect to capture an image, but I'm hoping that at least my solder job wasn't for not and that I can get some sort of response from the camera.
As for a breakout board, I'm interested in obtaining one as well. I'm afraid that even if I did solder the wires correctly, they may be susceptible to noise and the heat from the soldering iron may have ruined the camera sensor(I doubt it, but I hear they are really sensitive...).
ghavenga, the large amounts of data come out via 8 bit parallel, not I2C, so the SPI converter may not be necessary...
KreAture, awesome job on the image capture! was that done with jpeg, YUV, or RGB output?