Raspberry Pi Launches $30 Camera Add-on
May 15, 2013

Raspberry Pi Gets A New Camera

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online

The Raspberry Pi, the low-cost, barebones Linux mini-computer aimed at helping kids acquire programming skills, now has its own camera module.

The tiny, stamp-sized module, which measures 25 x 20 x 9mm and weighs just three grams, can take still images with a 2592 x 1944 resolution and record HD video in 1080p (without sound) at 30 frames per second.

The add-on costs about the same as the Raspberry Pi itself, and went on sale Tuesday through Raspberry Pi´s distributors in the UK — element14 and RS Components — at a price of £20 ($30).

“We´ve been very grateful for your patience as we´ve tweaked and refined things; it´d have been good to get the camera board out to you last month, but we wanted your experience to be as good as possible, and we´ve been working on the software right up until last night,” said the Raspberry Pi Foundation in a blog posting on Tuesday.

The new device is compatible with both Model A and Model B Raspberry Pi´s, and comes with a ribbon cable that is connected into a CSi port positioned between the Ethernet and HDMI ports.

The camera is supported by the latest version of Raspbian.

To ensure the firmware is compatible, a series of commands must first be entered into the computer´s terminal. Once the Pi is properly configured, code can be typed into the terminal to take a photo or record video (℠raspivid´ for recording video, and ℠raspistill´ for photos).

Specific instructions on operating the module, including a list of commands needed to activate the add-on, can be found at the Raspberry Pi Website.