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Raspberry Pi Camera

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The Raspberry Pi Camera attaches to the Raspberry Pi and supports video quality between 1080p30 and 640x480p90, with still image resolution of 3280 x 2464.

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The Raspberry Pi Camera is a module that fits directly onto the Raspberry Pi 3, offering a 5 megapixel fixed-focus camera to record videos or still images. Attachable via a 15 cm ribbon cable through the CSI (or Camera Serial Interface) port, this module is plug-and-play-compatible with Raspbian software and is capable of supporting 1080p30, 760p60 and 640x480p90 video capture.

While this module doesn’t yet include audio support, and can only capture video or static images, it is ideal for time-lapse photography, motion detection security systems and other applications in which sound is not vital. Additionally, knowing Raspberry Pi and the vast amount of time, effort and capital put into developing both the computer and relative accessories, you can expect audio capabilities to be included soon in a later revision. 


Technical Specifications:

Dimensions – 25mm x 23mm x 9mm
Image Sensor  – Sony IMX219
Still Image Resolution  – 3280 x 2464 pixel
Supported Video Resolution – 1080p30, 720p60 and 640x480p90
Connection Type – 15 cm ribbon cable to CSI connector
Supported Operating System – Raspbian (latest version recommended)


General Uses and Applications

The Raspberry Pi Camera is simple and easy enough for anyone to plug in and get started with, although it also opens up some unique new possibilities for advanced tinkerers and makers to experiment with. As such, projects involving the Raspberry Pi Camera include:

  • Setting up time-lapse videos for watching plants grow in a classroom or at home
  • Making slow-motion videos of science experiments or other rapid actions and reactions
  • Building a home security system to sense intruders and sound an alarm
  • Creating a wildlife camera trap to spot and record passing animals or catch an intruding animal

The RPi Camera can also be utilized to give videos various effects, and as such could be a great tool for both electronic, as well as video production experimentation. So, whether you are new to the world of Raspberry Pi or are a seasoned veteran looking for a new gadget to experiment with, the Raspberry Pi Camera is not only easy to use, but is also very affordable when compared to digital cameras of similar quality.

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