Learn all about the new Raspberry Pi Camera Module v2 in The MagPi 45
Earlier this week, the brand new Raspberry Pi Camera Module v2 was revealed to the world, its headline feature being an 8-megapixel sensor. It’s been a few years since the original came out and the new camera is an excellent little upgrade to the existing model; you can find out all the details in our complete breakdown in Issue 45 of The MagPi magazine, which is out today.
As well as covering the camera and giving you some projects to start you off with it, we also have a look at the ten best Pi-powered arcade machines, which should give you some ideas for a retro games system of your own. There are also tutorials on creating lighting effects for costumes with a Pi and some NeoPixels, making an Asteroids clone in Basic, and building an IoT thermometer. We also have Astro Pi news, excellent projects, reviews, and everything else you’d expect from your monthly MagPi.
Highlights from issue 45:
- Replicate an Astro Pi experiment
Create a humidity sensor, similar to the Sweaty Astronaut code
- Hacking with dinosaurs
The MagPi heads to the Isle of Wight to see how some animatronic dinos are being hacked with Pi
- Original games on the Pi
Play three brand-new games on your Pi thanks to YoYo and GameMaker Studio
- Moon pictures
Find out how to use the camera board to take amazing photos of the moon
- And much, much more!
How to buy
As usual, you can get The MagPi in store from WH Smith, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Asda as well as buying copies online from our store. It’s also available digitally via our app on Android and iOS. If you fancy subscribing to the magazine to make sure you never miss an issue, you can do that to on our subscription site.
Free Creative Commons download
As always, you can download your copy of The MagPi completely free. Grab it straight from the issue page for The MagPi 45.
Don’t forget, though, that like sales of the Raspberry Pi itself, all proceeds from the print and digital editions of the magazine go to help the Foundation achieve its charitable goals. Help us democratise computing!
We hope you enjoy this month’s issue! Before anyone asks, no, the magazine unfortunately does not come with a free camera. Sorry!
Picard is not happy. Maybe just send him a free camera. I don’t mind buying my own, but he looks so disappointed. He should be happy, there’s a new MagPi out! Thanks!
I already got mine yesterday – yes, a subscription!
MagPi45, p.24: “…type in the following: raspistill -o firstpic.jpg
You’ll see a red light on the Camera Module, followed by the
image of whatever the camera is pointing at…” Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought the new camera module has no red light?
Just subscribed to MagPi :)
Oh drats! And there I was ready to race down to the local newstand to see if there was something attached to the front cover, and have ready my trusty soldering iron to fend off other greedy reaching hands.
Also while we’re on the subject, anyone ever discover what the new change was done on the Pi Zero that was recently mentioned? Inquiring minds want to know!
Apparently patience is a virtue !!
BTW, someone should explain to Richard Smedley that static IP addresses are no longer done by updating /etc/network/interfaces. But should be done in /etc/dhcpcd.conf (it’s not like it tells you that in the first five lines of /etc/network/interfaces, of course.
Don’t the MagPi proof readers look out for stuff like that any longer?
Dougie, not to be disagreeable, but I wonder:
” static IP addresses are no longer done by updating /etc/network/interfaces. But should be done in /etc/dhcpcd.conf ”
If I’m using static IP addresses, I don’t install dhcpd and thus I likely don’t have dhcpd.conf … is there a problem with my logic?
Very tempted to attach one of these to half of a broken pair of binoculars to make a custom ultrazoom wildlife camera. In my copious spare time …
Bloody brilliant!! If you’ll pardon my Franglais.
DO NOT follow the misinformation in “Predictable Networking” It is just plain wrong and the one thing you can guarantee is the results will be UNPREDICTABLE.
I am not sure if I misunderstood, but when adding a button to a pi don’t you need a resistor “one side of the button connected to ground; the other is connected to GPIO pin 14 (but you can choose your favourite pin).” page 26/27. I thought this would damage your pi unless you use the pin that already has the resistor on the pi side.
The Pi has internal pull-up resistors, which Gpiozero handles for you behind the scenes.
Yep, that’s fine. However, the resistor in series with the pushbutton switch on page 64 is rather curious along with the statement “You’ll need a resistor suitable for your button”. I suppose it provides some protection if you accidentally set the GPIO pin to be an output and press the button, though.
Are the focusing issues with V2 camera addressed?