Camera board documentation

James Hughes, last seen at the helm of a VW Camper Van heading for Dorset, has been sweating over comprehensive documentation for the Raspberry Pi camera board for some weeks now. You can download the pdf here. It’s worth printing it off; there’s a lot of meat in there. We’ll be linking to this and other useful Pi documentation in a sticky post at the top of each board in the forums in the near future.

Clive and I (plus lots of coffee, a salad from the cafe across the road and a bench power supply) compete for Most Keanu-y rotoscopiness, using the camera’s built-in Sketch effect. Click to for the documentation to find out how to produce something like this yourself.

You’ll find examples, troubleshooting tips, full lists of available options, effects and modes, and much more in the pdf.

We got a bit effects-happy this afternoon. This is, in fact, me, and not someone in the mask from Scream, taken using the camera’s onboard gpen effect (we should probably have worked on adjusting the exposure a bit too, but we were in a hurry). Click to download the camera documentation.

We’ll be updating the documentation with more information as the software evolves. Look out for James’ piece in August’s MagPi (which should be released later in the week) to find out more about advanced use of the camera.

A spot of housekeeping: I’m off on my summer holidays tomorrow. Clive will be babysitting the blog. Please be nice to him. Toodlepip!


Michael Horne avatar

Awesome stuff, James – nice work!

Dave Akerman avatar

Great stuff, and have a nice holiday! Babbage awaits your return :-)

colin allison avatar

Doesn’t the bear get to go on holiday too?

Dave Akerman avatar

Astronauts don’t have time for holidays!

Tony avatar

Nice work. Can we have a pic of the camper Van? I’ve owned a Bay window and now run a 1990 T25 (or T3) Nice to know I’m not the only one who likes old vans and new tech.

JamesH avatar

Actually it not a VW camper. My fault for always calling it a camper van when really I should say motor home. Not room for two adults and five children in a VW.

Tony avatar

Ah well I’ll just carry on loving rust and silicon.
Currently working on a digital dashboard, monitoring revs, speed, water /oil temp/ pressure on a HUD.


Sasquatch avatar

A type 3 is a fastback or notchback not a T25 :-)

gyeben avatar

Already working on the Hungarian translation :D

The Raspberry Pi Guy avatar

Excellent work!

Have fun Liz; you deserve it!

The Raspberry Pi Guy

Mac Rutan avatar

Thanks for the docs. We’re having a blast with the camera over here. Use your vacation well Liz!

muxe avatar

Surprised to the the original filename “Microsoft Word – RaspiCam Documentation.docx”

Simon D avatar

Should have done it on a RPi, or at least used some opensource to create it.

My preference is LaTeX, and it runs well on a RPi. New TeXlive just out with armhf binaries.

JamesH avatar

Actually it was done using libre office then exported to PDF. Not sure why its docx.

JoeArisia avatar

On the White Balance (AWB) options, what is “Horizon mode”?

Looking forward to the higher frame rates when they come. Never happy are we! :)

Great docs though – loads to play with :)

Ralph Corderoy avatar

Please don’t encourage people to needlessly print. :-)

phil strain avatar

Thanks! This is great. Especially like the larger print! I think there is an error though — in the examples at the end, you have used -f for setting the frame rate. This doesnt work for me but (as per guide) -fps does.

James Savage avatar

Great to see this documentation for the camera apps. Very useful.
Two requests:
– Please could the the raw text be included in the userland source repository on github. That way, others can contribute updates etc. For example – how to recompile the apps on the pi itself.

-It would also be good to clarify what version of the apps the documentation is written for.

James Savage

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