The Raspberry Pi Camera Module is a 5 megapixel custom designed add-on for Raspberry Pi, featuring a fixed focus lens. It's capable of 2592 x 1944 pixel static images, and also supports 1080p30, 720p60 and 640x480p60/90 video. It attaches to Pi by way of one of the small sockets on the board upper surface and uses the dedicated CSi interface, designed especially for interfacing to cameras.
The board itself is tiny, at around 25mm x 20mm x 9mm. It also weighs just over 3g, making it perfect for mobile or other applications where size and weight are important. It connects to Raspberry Pi by way of a short ribbon cable.
The sensor itself has a native resolution of 5 megapixel, and has a fixed focus lens on-board. In terms of still images, the camera is capable of 2592 x 1944 pixel static images, and also supports 1080p30, 720p60 and 640x480p60/90 video.
The camera is supported in the latest version of Raspbian, Raspberry Pi’s preferred operating system.
There are two versions of the Pi Camera availableThis is the standard camera designed for everyday use. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released the Pi Noir camera which is designed for night time and UV photography. The Pi Noir has the IR filter removed from the camera.
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Great video on using the Camera Module
- 1.4 µm X 1.4 µm pixel with OmniBSI technology for high performance (high sensitivity, low crosstalk, low noise)
- optical size of 1/4"
- automatic image control functions:
- - automatic exposure control (AEC)
- - automatic white balance (AWB)
- - automatic band filter (ABF)
- - automatic 50/60 Hz luminace detection
- - automatic black level calibration (ABLC)
- programmable controls for frame rate , AEC/AGC 16-zone size/position/weight control, mirror and flip, cropping, windowing, and panning
- digital video port (DVP) parallel output interface
- 32 bytes of embedded one-time programmable (OTP) memory