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Raspberry Pi Camera Module Up and Running. Retail Version Coming Soon

The Raspberry Pi foundation is working on a camera module for the Raspberry Pi board and today they showed the very first picture taken with the “PiCam” module. The picture below has been taken with a camera module connected via the MIPI CSI-2 interface of the Raspberry Pi.

Photo by 14 Mpixel Camera Module For Raspberry Pi

1st Ever Picture Taken With Raspberry Pi Camera Module (Click to Enlarge)

On another subject, if you look closely at the top left of the picture, you can see the Raspberry Pi foundation (and probably Broadcom) uses Synopsys MetaWare Debugger  (and Compiler?) to work on the software and fix bugs. Maybe more on that later…

The camera module used supports up to 14 Mpixel resolution, but the final module will most probably have a 5MP resolution in order to make it cheaper. The mechanical design is not complete and the foundation does not have a price for the camera module yet.

Front and Side View of Raspberry Pi Camera Module

You can see what the 14MP camera module looks like (it’s basically a mobile phone camera module) and how it’s connected to the Raspberry Pi board in the picture above. The final module may look slightly different, but this still give good idea of what you can expect.

The video processing is handled by the GPU so should get good performance / framerate, and we might soon see low cost networked CCTV cameras based on Raspberry Pi board or people might just use as a high resolution webcam. However, considering the quality I usually get from taking picture with my mobile phone 8MP camera, this would probably do a poor digital camera. But it’s not the target application here.

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  1. Sajith
    November 5th, 2012 at 13:15 | #1

    Can you suggest me some camera module vendor where I can get this module ?

  2. ultimateohm
    May 14th, 2013 at 23:30 | #2

    Camera for Raspberry Pi comes today (one year later).

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