A Demo of the Upcoming Raspberry Pi 5-Megapixel Camera Board

Want to build and program your own camera? You’ll soon be able to do so using Raspberry Pi’s new camera module. The new board will feature a 5-megapixel sensor (likely a cheaper CMOS chip) that can capture 1080p H.264 video at 30 frames per second.

Liz Upton of the Raspberry Pi foundation writes,

This board will plug into the currently unused CSI pins on the Pi, using I²C for control. We’re also working on a display board, which will come to market after the camera board.

This camera board is a prototype of the production model; we’ve a (very) little way to go before we’re able to send it out to manufacture. We’ve got some testing chamber time booked in December; we need to be sure that that big ribbon cable doesn’t emit any forbidden electromagnetic radiation.

Here’s a brief video that shows a prototype of the camera capturing live footage:

The foundation is planning to start selling the camera module sometime in early 2013. The price? A mere $25. Perhaps the concept of “build your own digital camera” will become an emerging trend over the next few years as components become modularized, cheaper, and more accessible to tech-savvy hackers.

(via Raspberry Pi via Engadget)

  • rangepig

    Now if only the Foundation would crank up production of the actual Raspberry Pi boards to meet the overwhelming demand! It’s really hard to find them in stock anywhere…

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    I’m a little bit confused – what’s this all about?

  • JustThisOne

    Programmable camera. Imagine writing your own firmware update. Excitement for programmer rather than traditional photographer I think.

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    I had just never heard of it, that’s all! (and far too lazy to google) but yes! really exciting stuff =)

  • Joakim

    Will probably get one of this for my rpi.

  • AStarbucks

    If only the Foundation can do the decent thing by releasing the Android source codes so that the community can complete the Android port.

    From there everything else will flow!