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.
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.
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.