Camera Module 3: Show off your shots

We kicked off 2023 by launching Raspberry Pi Camera Module 3. Four different variants of Camera Module 3, in fact. We upgraded our camera modules to include powered autofocus and all sorts, and we were pleased to be able to stick to the $25 starting price point of their predecessors. Those of you who have picked one up have had a little while to play around with it now, so we’d like to see some of the shots you’ve captured with our newest cameras.

How do I share my photos?

Head to your social media platform of choice and submit as many shots as you like using #ShotOnRaspberryPi. You can find us on Twitter, Mastodon, LinkedIn, Instagram, and TikTok.

An oldie but a goodie

Tag as many photography fans as you can think of and really ramp up the competition. Or keep it super quiet so your artistry can shine unchallenged — sportsmanship can take many different forms.

What do I “win”?

Aside from giving you our love and admiration, we will choose some of our favourite shots and display them on the big screen in the Raspberry Pi Store in Cambridge, UK. Every time someone comes up to the till, they’ll see some excellent photos #ShotOnRaspberryPi scrolling in front of their faces. You’ll be pretty much a celebrity.

Let’s turn this joint into a gallery

What did people think of our new cameras?

Vanessa and Bradley and Martin Splendiff of VEEB Projects over in Switzerland are renowned for creating beautiful objects, often incorporating discarded tech. They hid a Camera Module 3 NoIR and a Raspberry Pi inside this very aesthetically pleasing metallic case and took some incredible infrared shots of a ship and a green giant.

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Jeff Geerling 3D-printed himself an enclosure based on Kevin McAleer’s PIKON design and compared Camera Module 3 Standard, Wide, and NoIR, taking some nice wintry shots around his hometown in the US.

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Kevin McAleer posted a nice in-depth video looking at each new camera module’s specs before rigging them up inside their own colourful PIKON enclosures.

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We also featured on a great episode of Digi-Key’s Maker Update. Watch the whole thing because it is really good, but if your time is too precious and you want to skip to our bit, head to the 1:43 mark.

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Last but not least, The Cellar Nerd posted a good old-fashioned unboxing video and wasted no time in testing out our new cameras. “I like it. I like it a lot” — high praise indeed from our favourite cellar dweller.

This blog’s fab cover image is by Francois Dion, who submitted it under #ShotOnRaspberryPi on Twitter back in 2020.

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I don’t do any of those social media things so that’s me out :)

But I do wonder how a judge might tell the difference between an image originated on a Pi Camera sensor and an image that was taken with any other camera and processed to hide its origins.

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I don’t have any comment about cameras, I just wanted to say happy birthday Raspberry Pi.

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Ashley Whittaker

Fank yoooooooou

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is there a thermal camera module available for the RPi ?

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You can use the Melexis 90640. Only 32×24 pixels, but true thermal detector (i.e. 10 micron band). Try a web-search for Melixis 90640 and Raspberry Pi. I did get one working using a Teensy 4 microcontroller to handle the numbers off the sensor and then did the display with a Pi4 and the 7″ display. The code is easy to find on Adafruit, Github etc.

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