Raspberry Pi camera boards now available

A number of leading distributors – RS Components and element14 among them – are making Raspberry Pi camera boards available. The new boards enable pictures and video to be taken with the Raspberry Pi which can be used for security and VoIP projects as well as image and video capture.

The Camera board is a custom designed add-on for the Raspberry Pi which attaches to one of the small sockets on the board’s upper surface. This interface uses the dedicated CSi interface, designed especially for interfacing to cameras. The camera board itself is tiny, at around 25mm x 20mm x 9mm.

Key features of the camera board include: a 5 megapixel native resolution sensor – capable of 2592 x 1944 pixel static images; the ability to support 1080p30, 720p60 and 640x480p60/90 video; the camera is supported in the latest version of Raspbian – Raspberry Pi”s preferred operating system.

Claire Doyle, Global Head of Raspberry Pi at element14, said: “The camera board is the latest in a suit of accessories added to the Raspberry Pi portfolio providing customers with solutions. It is an exciting journey and the camera board has been so eagerly anticipated.”

“Over the last few months, we”ve been working on tuning and refining the Raspberry Pi camera module,” said Gordon Hollingworth, Head of Software at Raspberry Pi. “We”re very pleased to be able to release the camera board. It”s tiny, it only weighs a couple of grams, and it has awesome resolution – we”ve been seeing some stunning pictures from it. It”s a really inexpensive way to add video or stills input to your hacks; we”ve already seen trial units we”ve sent out being used in university medical labs, taking pictures from airborne devices and in facial recognition projects.”

Commenting on the launch Glenn Jarrett, Global Head of Product Marketing at RS said, “We are delighted that we are now able to start shipping the module to customers, all credit to the team at the Raspberry Pi Foundation who have been working flat out to fine-tune the hardware to get it into production and into our distribution centres as quickly as possible.”



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