New 8-megapixel camera board on sale at $25

The 5-megapixel visible-light camera board was our first official accessory back in 2013, and it remains one of your favourite add-ons. They’ve found their way into a bunch of fun projects, including telescopes, kites, science lessons and of course the Naturebytes camera trap. It was soon joined by the Pi NoIR infrared-sensitive version, which not only let you see in the dark, but also opened the door to hyperspectral imaging hacks.

As many of you know, the OmniVision OV5647 sensor used in both boards was end-of-lifed at the end of 2014. Our partners both bought up large stockpiles, but these are now almost completely depleted, so we needed to do something new. Fortunately, we’d already struck up conversation with Sony’s image sensor division, and so in the nick of time we’re able to announce the immediate availability of both visible-light and infrared cameras based on the Sony IMX219 8-megapixel sensor, at the same low price of $25. They’re available today from our partners RS Components and element14, and should make their way to your favourite reseller soon.

Visible light camera v2

The visible light camera…

...and its infrared cousin

…and its infrared cousin

In our testing, IMX219 has proven to be a fantastic choice. You can read all the gory details about IMX219 and the Exmor R back-illuminated sensor architecture on Sony’s website, but suffice to say this is more than just a resolution upgrade: it’s a leap forward in image quality, colour fidelity and low-light performance.

VideoCore IV includes a sophisticated image sensor pipeline (ISP). This converts “raw” Bayer-format RGB input images from the sensor into YUV-format output images, while correcting for sensor and module artefacts such as thermal and shot noise, defective pixels, lens shading and image distortion. Tuning the ISP to work with a particular sensor is a time-consuming, specialist activity: there are only a handful of people with the necessary skills, and we’re very lucky that Naush Patuck, formerly of Broadcom’s imaging team, volunteered to take this on for IMX219.

Naush says:

Regarding the tuning process, I guess you could say the bulk of the effort went into the lens shading and AWB tuning. Apart from the fixed shading correction, our auto lens shading algorithm takes care of module to module manufacturing variations. AWB is tricky because we must ensure correct results over a large section of the colour temperature curve; in the case of the IMX219, we used images illuminated by light sources from 1800K [very “cool” reddish light] all the way up to 16000K [very “hot” bluish light].

The goal of auto white balance (AWB) is to recover the “true” colours in a scene regardless of the colour temperature of the light illuminating it: filming a white object should result in white pixels in sunlight, or under LED, fluorescent or incandescent lights. You can see from these pairs of before and after images that Naush’s tune does a great job under very challenging conditions.

AWB with high colour temperature

AWB at higher colour temperature

AWB at lower colour temperature

AWB at lower colour temperature

As always, we’re indebted to a host of people for their help getting these products out of the door. Dave Stevenson and James Hughes (hope you and Elaine are having a great honeymoon, James!) wrote most of our camera platform code. Mike Stimson designed the board (his second Raspberry Pi product after Zero). Phil Holden, Shinichi Goseki, Qiang Li and many others at Sony went out of their way to help us get access to the information Naush needed to tune the ISP.

We’re really happy with the way the new camera board has turned out, and we can’t wait to see what you do with it. Head over to RS Components or element14 to pick one up today.


The Raspberry Pi Guy avatar

Glad to see the product that you first teased in my interview with Eben here:

I have been very busy with college lately, but intend to get out a review video soon! Will feature lots of 8 megapixel goodness!

The Raspberry Pi Guy

The Raspberry Pi Guy avatar

Want to use the full 8MP of the new cameras before the update to Raspbian? Build the code from source!

On your Pi just run the following commands to install cmake, download raspivid/still and then build it from the source. Don’t forget to also update the kernel and reboot after:

sudo apt-get install cmake
git clone
cd userland

Then update the kernel with:

sudo rpi-update

Then you should just be able to run the usual commands, for example: raspistill -o cam.jpg will take a picture and should utilise all those new pixels! For a further camera tutorial watch my video here:

You can see some of the test shots that I have taken using the full resolution here. It was late at night and the lighting isn’t superb – shows off the new capabilities nicely: &&

The Raspberry Pi Guy

Michael Vickery avatar

This worked like a charm! Thanks Raspberry Pi Guy!

The Raspberry Pi Guy avatar

Glad it worked for you!

Shadow Cruise avatar

How does one view those images in full resolution and why are both images reversed?

karan avatar

Looking forward to buy this.Truly awesome.

Alex Eames avatar

I managed to snag one on Saturday. Here’s a quick overview vid. Will put it through its paces this week and share some output…

Hans Otten avatar

A big step forward!

Looking forward to the camera, hope BME-HDR will be supported, HDR really helps in contrast quality!

Alex avatar

This is great news, would love to see some shots taken by each camera in the same conditions as a comparison.

Liz Upton avatar

I am pretty sure that that’s something the community will provide us with by the end of the week!

Dave Akerman avatar

Looking at the weather predictions, it might take me longer than a week to do my comparisons …

Mike Redrobe avatar

240fps in the specs at QHD …

JBeale avatar

IIRC, I don’t think 240 fps happens without 4-lane MIPI CSI which RPi doesn’t have (unless maybe the compute module?)

6by9 avatar

QHD = 960×540 x 10bits/pixel x 240fps = 1244160000 bits/s
CSI-2 supports 1Gbit/s per lane, and Pi has 2 lanes (CM has 4 on one interface), so it does fit.

125MPix/s will be pushing the ISP though, and certainly the control loops run too slowly at the moment. Once the dust has settled then we might look into it.

However you have definitely exceeded the H264 block spec with that – level 4/4.1 maxes out at 62,914,560 luma sample/s, and you’ve got 124,416,000. I doubt any level of overclock will allow you to get quite that high.

juha avatar

Can the focus be tuned the same way than with the previous camera? I mean getting sharp pictures from objects being closer to the lens? (Like inside bird house)Is the lens attached the same way and can be turned?

Texy avatar

Yes it can be adjusted in the same way as the old model.

Johan avatar

I have just bought a pi Camera v2 and cannot adjust the focus. Could you explain how to adjust the focus shortly? Would be great!

spock avatar

what is the fov? exactly the same as with the old camera module?

Michael Horne avatar

It’s for taking pictures and video. It’s a direct drop-in replacement for the old module.

JBeale avatar

FOV should be noticeably wider than original:
Original RPi camera (v1.3) OmniVision OV5647
Lens: f=3.6 mm, f/2.9, View: 54 x 41 degrees
(from … Parameters )

New Rpi camera (v2.1) Sony IMX219
Lens: f=3.04 mm, f/2.0, View: 62.2 x 48.8 degrees

bertwert avatar

V1 is around 39mm FF equivalent
V2 is around 33mm FF equivalent

spock avatar

cool, thanks!
that extra fov is exactly what i need. :)

CommanderAMB avatar

First the RPi-Team gave us the RPi3 and now even a 8Mpx Pi-Cam! The RPi Foundation never fails to amaze me. I hope the new 8Mpx Cam will keep usable with Python like the 5Mpx version. I guess there will be new librarys with a further software update/upgrade. Nice job! Keep it up!

alex eames avatar

Is there going to be a software update for the new camera or is it not required?

CommanderAMB avatar

The current librarys will support only 5Mpx on the V2.1 Cam. Yup you`ll have to wait until the new library will be avaible to use the full 8Mpx resolution.

6by9 avatar

Already done on the development branches, I’m guessing Raspbian release should follow soon :-)
Firmware was updated a few days ago. Updates have been pushed to Raspistill and V4L2 to request the sensor resolution from the GPU and update resolution limits/defaults appropriately.

Dougie avatar

There were some changes that came down with the rpi-update I ran today.

My problem is do I need another camera? Can I sneak that into my collection while the household finance director is away on her holidays.

Matt Hawkins avatar

Typical the week I nail a Pi 2 and camera to the front of my house it is instantly made obsolete :)

Although I prefer my burglars in 5 megapixels so I think I’ll leave it for a while …

JBeale avatar

Ha- I have a 5MP board semi-permanently mounted on my house as well. Still works just as well as it ever did! The claim of better low-light performance is quite interesting, and I look forward to testing that out. Smaller pixels makes it harder, but maybe f/2.0 vs. f/2.9 makes it possible.

Paul Davis avatar

the back illumination (BSI = back-side illuminated) is the bit that should do wonders for the low light level performance…

JBeale avatar

The original RPi camera, OmniVision OV5647 also uses back-side illumination, they called it OmniBSI ™. It had 1.4 um square pixels, instead of 1.12 um square pixels and (other things being equal!) larger pixels are better in low light. So I think the main thing is the new f/2.0 lens instead of f/2.9, but there may be cell design and silicon process improvements as well.

Alan Mc (Irish Framboise) avatar

Wow, wow, just wow. Looking forward to getting my hands on one (or both) =o) It just keeps on coming. More power to your elbow {more pixels to your pi}

Richard avatar

I now know what I’ll be spending my monthly gadget allowance on. :)

MalMan35 avatar

I wish I had such a thing :( The camera looks great though :D
I currently just have 2 usb webcams that are only 2 megapixels :P

Aaron Davies avatar

If you’re interested in a project using the brand new NoIR V2 camera, check out what I put together over at element14:

Also, some great night vision photography and videos. It performs great, even with just a few Infrared LED’s powered from the Pi itself:

AndrewS avatar

Those AWB comparison photos remind me of this optical illusion :)

Anton avatar

Awesome, thank you!

Please, what is the focal length equivalent (35mm)?

Liz Upton avatar

It’s a quarter of an inch – same as the old one.

Anton avatar


But what do you mean by “quarter of an inch”? Usually focal length of lenses are designed in millimeters, say 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, etc. And when the sensor is smaller it gets described as the equivalent of 35 mm film frame.

bertwert avatar

1/4 inch is the sensor size.
1/4 inch sensor has a 10.86x crop factor.
So if the lens was 100mm it would be like a 1086mm lens on 35mm format.

bertwert avatar

The lens is a 3.04mm lens making this 33mm equivalent lens.

Anton avatar

Thank you!

JBeale avatar

Based on the field of view calculator at
the old camera FOV of 54 x 41 degrees is like a 35mm lens, and the new FOV of 62 x 49 degrees is like a 29mm lens. But not fully comparable, as full-frame SLR is 3:2 and RPi cams have 4:3 aspect ratio at full frame.

JBeale avatar

I think bertwert and I are reporting different equivalent 35 mm-format lens lengths because the RPi cameras are 4:3 aspect ratio and not 3:2 like a traditional full-frame SLR, so you have to choose if you are comparing horizontal, vertical or diagonal field of view, and you get different equivalent focal length numbers depending which you choose.

bertwert avatar

The Pi sensor is 10.86 times smaller than a 35mm sensor in area.
So focal lengths are just multiplied by 10.86 to get FF equivalent.

JBeale avatar

For area ratio, here are my numbers:
SLR FF frame: 36 x 24 mm = 864 mm^2
IMX219 frame: 3.674 x 2.760 mm = 10.14 mm^2
Area Ratio: 864/10.14 = 85.21 Sqrt(Area Ratio) = 9.231
3.04 mm * 9.231 = 28.06 mm “equivalent” focal length

(IMX219 sensor area is “active” area, not counting masked pixels)

bertwert avatar

Ok then.
I must be mistaken :-)

ignaloidas avatar

SONY says that it’s available of taking video in 120 fps. Will it be available for raspberry pi?

6by9 avatar

Initially 1080P30, 720P60, and VGA90. There may be scope to increase it, but the H264 block is only rated as level 4 or 4.1 which maxes out at 720P68 (macroblock/sec limit).

neil avatar

i use the sensor of imx219, in the datasheet of imx219, it can support 720p@180fps(mipi 4lane enable at the same time), i don’t want to use h264 encoder, i just want to caputre the YUV data from ISP, how can i do it on rpi3

thanks in advance!

kapsu han avatar

Where did you get the datasheet?
Could you share if you do not mind. It is quite difficult to find one.
Thank you

cctsao1008 avatar

Globe shutter or rolling shutter?

Liz Upton avatar

Rolling; you can’t really get super-high resolution with a globe shutter in this sort of price bracket.

Kevin Angus avatar

“you can’t really get super-high resolution with a globe shutter in this sort of price bracket.”
Then build a ‘Super High Resolution’ Raspberry PI Camera V2.H and sell it for $$ – those that want to play, pay.

solar3000 avatar

Awesome! Can’t wait to get the upgrade!

6by9 avatar

I’ve started a Q&A thread on the forum for questions – I won’t be following comments on here.

dyezepchik avatar

That’s great!
But how about getting a stereo image?
It would be great to have an opportunity for stereo vision. RaspberryPi became enough powerful to handle stereo.

Ben Nuttall avatar

You can use two cameras with the compute module. See Real-time depth perception with the Compute Module

Paul Haas avatar

I was going to try one camera aimed at two mirrors, so that the camera sees the same object in both mirrors. It seems simple enough, I can’t figure out why it wouldn’t work. On the other hand, I haven’t seen it done.

AndrewS avatar
rahlquist avatar

How limited is the supply on these? Are we going to have a hard time getting one?

Texy avatar

Shouldn’t be a problem – there are 5.5k in Farnell UK stock for example.

betacamsp avatar

Are the optics/lens(es) unchanged?

JBeale avatar

Per spec, the new camera has a somewhat wider field of view, 62 vs 54 degrees horizontally.

bertwert avatar

V1 3.6mm f/2.9 = 39mm FF equivalent
V2 3.04mm f/2.0 = 33mm FF equivalent

bertwert avatar

This looks nice!

Will there ever be any chance of a bigger sensor module like a 1 inch sensor?

JBeale avatar

I have no idea of what the RPi Foundation will do, but what is the least expensive 1-inch format sensor you’re aware of? The answer to that question may have some bearing on the issue…

bertwert avatar

Ok, maybe not 1 inch.
But 1/2.3″

Kratos avatar

TAKE MY MONEY AND GIVE ME ONE! :) Very cool folks.

Algimantas avatar

I really hoped that V2 camera would introduce adjustable focus :/

ongelma avatar

Just loosen up the hot glue in the lens and voila you can turn it around and focus on what ever you want. :)

Hove avatar

I want the cobra camera version shown at the top, poised ready to strike. Or is it just a trick and the cobra camera is just stuck to the ceiling and then the photo’s flipped?

Luke (Raspberry Pi Geek) avatar

I did a blog post about this, check it out below:

Also I have a Raspberry Pi twitter account, would love it if you could subscribe to it: @RPi_geek


Robert Horton avatar

But will the extra resolution make a practical book scanner possible? After Ion cancelled theirs, I had hopes…

Liz Upton avatar

Only one way to find out!

Jesse Boulderdash avatar

Will it be the same form factor as the previous camera module?

jbeale avatar

New & Old are the same size: 25 x 24 x 9 mm.

Jesse Boulderdash avatar

Good cause I ordered the SmartiPi touch case and it comes with a case for the camera. I was just making sure it would fit.

Dr.Matt avatar

The backlit sensor advantage is the technological equivalent of the Octopus Eye:
Versus the old sensor which is the technological equivalent of a vertibrate (humans included) eye.

Which is no doubt why they make excellent, if spineless, astronomers. And why they have no blind-spot.

Now we can join them in their superior vision, with the new camera module.

JBeale avatar

The octopus eye is a good design, but note both the new (Sony IMX219) and old (OmniVision OV5647) sensors use a backside-illumination design. (see for example: )
My guess is improved low-light performance is due to f/2.0 lens, allowing more light than the original pi camera’s f/2.9 lens.

Dr.Matt avatar

Very enlightening, I was nearly suckered by the bumf at the top about BSI on this new camera, almost hinting that it is a new feature.
I would be more interested in whether the pixels themselves were more sensitive or not as the lens comes off to attach to a telescope anyway.
It seems, as you say, all else being equal these sensing elements have a smaller surface area than the old camera, which may be entirely due to the increase in resolution.
I’ll wait for some comparison photos by the early adopters.

Kristaps Karlsons avatar

Sony IMX219 spec sheet[1] states “180 frame/s @720p”; can Broadcom chip support this data transfer rate and (if yes) can we expect updated drivers?


ray carter avatar

Has anyone done raw processing for that sensor yet – for dcraw

Mettauk avatar

NOir version arrived today, much clearer and richer in daylight. Night/low light sensitivity/vision seems to be as poor as V1.3 but have not checked thoroughly yet, especially movement.

Graeme avatar

This looks great – the Sony chips are generally very good devices, and the increase in dark sensitivity is a real benefit. Is there still a limitation on the long exposure lengths here, or does the new hardware allow longer exposures to be taken?

David avatar

1. What is the aspect ratio and exact width × height?
Can you record 4K stills & slide sequences at native resolution (3840 × 2160) or is the native resolution or is it something like 3200 × 2400?

2. Can we read the Bayer-format RGB and the YUV images?

3. Since you can turn the lens by hand to adjust focus, a little rubber wheel or 2 turned by a stepper motor can focus it or something (i.e. a gear) glued to the lens piece can be turned. To find where to turn it, constant rotary vibration of the lens could reveal which direction is to better focus.

David avatar

I just found out that the native resolution is 3280 × 2464.
That is too narrow (:() for 4K and has a 4:3 aspect ratio.
I think I’ll buy a cheap 12 megapixel USB webcam. (All 11-megapixel and higher 4:3 cameras’ views can be cropped to 4K.)

David avatar

It would be useful sometimes (i.e. in a 3D scanner) if the view could be separated into the results of independent light sources. Can the rolling shutter be reset to cut off light from before the light was turned on?

Adrian avatar

Hi! really wished to see an autofocus module. This is nice truly, but not wow.

David avatar

It could still be added, but you’d probably have to use up GPIO pins. A better option is a USB camera. I’m still looking, but I’ve already found reasonable possibilities:

Michael Vickery avatar

Follow the Raspberry Pi Guy’s advice near the top of comments. All’s well pending library updates…

uminded avatar

Will we have access to the raw Bayer image? For my projects I want the 100% raw image without a single bit of formatting. Any fancy ISP can be done in software as post processing.

JBeale avatar

I haven’t heard yes or no on that. Meanwhile the v1.3 camera board does provide RAW data access. I’m curious if you’ve used it and find it acceptable? I’ve worked with RAW DSLR images before, but I was discouraged by the raw OV5647 sensor data. The RPi ISP is doing some real magic to make the image presentable.

Anat avatar

Does raspistill support this camera V2? What is the longest exposure time supported now?

Koen avatar

Is there any chance of getting the spectral response curve of this sensor. It has been a PAIN to track this down (from corporate slides) for the old sensor. For a number of (hyperspectral) applications this information is key.

JBeale avatar
Koen avatar

Perfect! The old omnivision response curve is here:

Ill digitize and add the sony one later.

Dirk avatar

Is this camera module – it has it’s price, so I thought it would be worth a little – supposed to be half unsharp?
Take a look at left part of the image, the tree and the sign are really unsharp, while in the middle and to the right the trees are very sharp, as expected. :-(

Dirk avatar

I’m getting highly dissapointed. No tweaking helps …

Overexposed. -ev -4 for axample just makes the image a bit darker, without gaining detail.

raspistill -mm matrix -n -t 1 -q 82 -w 1920 -h 1080 -o $FILE

The best possible image so far … the night mode could be tweaked for decent results, but this is no good quality.
Would it make a difference if I offer more than 64MB for GPU in my Pi A+ /boot/config.txt?

Dirk avatar

Can’t edit replies, meant to type “examples” :)

Just as comparison, how well the OV5647 coped with the same situation:

Dirk avatar

Well … If I look at this through Warhol’s eyes, this can pass as art. Unfortunately this is not what I need. Would be nice if you could recommend a switch or an update which solves this issue. The cam is unusable for me now!

zero avatar

Is this compatible with all the RPi models ? I have a B+ , and I want to get one . Will it work ?

Dirk avatar

It works with A+, thus even better with B+, zero!

And to answer that here as well – that image quality issues stem from the misused -t parameter. Setting it to 1000 (ms), the image gets way better again:

This option is obviously used by raspistill to fetch some frames and do analysis about exposure times and so on, according to 6by9. 1ms is even less than a full frame which is why that failed badly. Hope this helps others, too!

kmoto avatar

Is the new V2 Pi camera a dud?

I read a post ( that did a side-by-side image comparison of the old and new camera modules, and the detail on the new camera (e.g., for reading a license plate in the image) was actually worse than on the old camera! Whats up with that??

Pronewbie avatar

Kmoto, if you need precision, I recommend finding Canon rebel/EOS aps-c and 50mm/1.8f. You can connect it with WiFi equipped SD to pi or via USB and shoot with gpio. The price shouldn’t be a problem. Say $100 camera and $60 lens (used).

JBeale avatar

In the examples I have seen of v2 camera output so far, the lenses are not optimally focused. At least in one module looking downwards out a window, the nearby windowsill is clearly more in focus than the more distant street 8 meters away. That should be fixable by manually refocusing the lens. Another module shows misfocus across the image plane (right side of image much sharper than left side) as if the lens is tilted off-axis. I’m not sure how to easily fix that.

Sam Johnson avatar

Hey I am interested in making a motion activated camera with my raspberry pi zero, or just a security camera to watch my stuff from roommates, is there any really good and easy to follow guides?

jbeale avatar

Raspberry Pi Zero does not have a MIPI CSI type camera connector (for the “Raspberry Pi camera”), so you would have to use a USB camera. You can look at the “motion” program. I think most people doing this use a Model A+ or RPi2 or RPi3 with the standard Raspberry camera.

Luis avatar

Will there be a way to turn off the LSC from the ISP pipeline? I need to use the module without its lens, and with my OV5647 sensor all efforts of removing the LSC in post processing have all been in vane…

Alex Fliker avatar

Yes please, it is just VITAL for astronomy applications!

Ken Skier avatar

I just connected my Raspberry Pi camera module version 2 to a Raspberry Pi 3 model B. My first question:

Would it really get an 8 mp image?

First test:
raspistill -o test_01.jpg

test_01.jpg is 2592 x 1944
(just as it was with the original camera module.)

Second test:
raspistill –width 3280 –height 2464 -o test_02.jpg

test_02.jpg is 3280 x 2464.

This got me excited! Apparently it did record at much higher resolution than the original camera.

But then I tried something:

Third test:
raspistill –width 7680 –height 4464 -o test_03.jpg

test_03.jpg is 7680 x 4464

Obviously that is not the actual resolution of the camera module!

The –width and –height parameters to raspistill must cause the Raspberry Pi to convert the native image to the requestd resolution…so I was able to get a JPG with a very large height and width–but it must have been made by INTERPOLATING pixels from the actual sensor image.

If you invoke raspistill with no –width or –height parameter, raspistill will output a 5 mp image (2592 x 1944)…even though the version 2 camera module is supposed to be 8 mp (3280 x 2464)

So I am writing to the Raspberry Pi community with this question:

How can I get the version 2 camera module to give me a true 8 mp image?

Thank you!
–Ken Skier

Uriah avatar

You need to update the software.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo rpi-update
sudo reboot

Ken Skier avatar

Thank you, Uriah! Your suggestion solved part of the problem.

Before I wrote my post (above), I had previously done:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

…but that did not give me 8 mp resolution with the version 2 camera module when I ran raspistill.

After reading your suggestion, I have now issued the third command you recommended:

sudo rpi-update

…and that DOES give me 8 mp resolution when I use raspistill.


However, picamera is still stuck at 2592×1944.

picamera will not give me 3280×2464, even though my Python code requests it, via these two lines:

with picamera.PiCamera() as camera:
[spaces here] camera.resolution = (3280,2464)

I assume this means that raspistill has been updated to handle the 8 mp resolution of the vesion 2 camera module…but picamera has not yet been updated to handle the version 2 camera.

Am I right about that?

If so, does anyone have an idea when picamera will support the 8mp resolution of the version 2 camera module?

Thank you!

Uriah avatar

Right, PiCamera will need to be updated to support 8MP.

yanoschik avatar

Anything new about the sharpness issue?
I’m quite disappointed and most probably returning my V2 camera…

Caerandir avatar

Have a look here:

You need to refocus the lens unfortunately. In the same thread (a little bit earlier) you’ll find a statement by Eben Upton saying that the camera is near-sighted by design, but the decision is under review.

Eric avatar

How does this camera perform when capturing things in motion as compared to an action cam such as the GoPro Hero3+ Black?

bmw318 avatar

Are there any 8Mpix camera boards with a C-mount lens?

Keith Salazar avatar

Can I adjust the MP of the camera? Lower than 8MP? Around 3MP? Thank you!

hugocodi avatar

Does anyone know what type of lens is that, I mean the mount. The typical cctv lens mount is the M12 or S-mount, but this one is way smaller and I wonder if you can buy a different focal lengths for different purposes.

Thank you so much!

Kevin avatar

The common lens like M12 or C mount for CCTV work will not work with the Version 2 board. I’ve been purchasing V1.3 NoIR with M12 and C mounts to add telephoto lens and IR Cut shutters. I just wish PI would build a bare board without lens but have the standard mounting holes so we could add the lens mount we need.

Alessio Stella avatar

I have seen the python picamera resource. As I have no experience with python and i have instead a huge experience in C/C++ (including opencv) please let me ask you some probably quite naive questions:
1) is there some C/C++ (instead of python) API interface or C/C++ opensource project (for instance raspistill?) for raspberry + raspberry camera systems where i can perform my own algorithms directly on RAM-loaded images in C/C++ (avoiding working on files)?
2) why using python and not Java or C/C++?

michele avatar

Hi, i need to use 4 camera on a RPi… is it possible to use this camera? how?
Thanks a lot for your time

Bill Danielson avatar

The ones on say “made in PRC” on them ?? The one I bought from Microcenter does NOT say that, are the Amazon ones counterfeit ??

Liz Upton avatar

No, they are not counterfeit. Farnell produce some of their Raspberry Pis in China (although the bulk are made in the UK)- they are absolutely identical to all other Raspberry Pis. Those Chinese Pis usually don’t make it outside the South East Asian market, but sometimes when demand is very high some are shipped to the USA to make sure availability keeps up.

Andrew avatar

Good day any one can help to run this camera on Raspberry and Android 6.0? Ready to pay )


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