Raspberry Pi Puts Finishing Touches on 5MP Camera Module

Paul Lilly

A $25 camera add-on will allow Raspberry Pi owners to shoot 1080p video at 30fps.

Is there anything you can't do with a Raspberry Pi ? Well, yes actually, there are things you can't do, like shoot video and take pictures, at least not natively. That's going to change, perhaps as early as next month, though it could take longer. Regardless, the Raspberry Pi Foundation revealed a new 5MP camera add-on that will plug directly into the Raspberry Pi, which could lead to some interesting mods.

"This is the final hardware; we’ve been working on tuning (Gert tells me that picture quality is 'pretty good' at the moment, but we’re hoping to get it to 'bleeding marvelous' before we release the hardware), and there is some work to do on the drivers, but everything’s looking pretty peachy for the moment," Raspberry Pi's Liz Upton state in a blog post . "I don’t have a release date for you yet, but we’re probably at least a month away (and possibly more) from being able to sell these at the moment."

The camera board measures about 20mm by 25mm by 25mm, while the sensor itself is 8mm by 8mm by 5mm (good luck trying to change the lens, Raspberry Pi forum moderator JamesH quipped in the comments section). Barring anything unexpected, the camera module will run $25, the same price as the Model A Raspberry Pi.

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