The Raspberry Pi gets its own webcam!
The itty bitty Raspberry Pi is already a powerful little computer, but today, it gets a few extra IQ points with a new accessory: a camera. After a long wait, the camera module is now finally available for you to buy and hook up to your board – for under £20.
Just as with the small Pi board, the camera module measures in at a tiny 25×20 x 9mm, but still packs in a five megapixel fixed-focus shooter that can shoot video at full HD 1080p (30fps), 720p (60fps) and VGA (60 or 90fps) resolutions. Not bad for a tiny camera that you could mount just about anywhere.
It hooks up to the Pi board via a flat ribbon cable, and once you’ve got it attached you just need to update your Pi with the latest firmware and you can start to get snapping and using the camera in any of your projects. You can buy the camera board from RS Components or from Premier Farnell/Element14: the latter is slightly cheaper at £16.56, and at the time of writing, was still in stock.
What will you use your Raspberry Pi camera for? How about a DIY security cam, time-lapse photography or even a mini-HD camera? Let us know what your plans are in the comments below.