New book: The Official Raspberry Pi Camera Guide

To coincide with yesterday’s launch of the Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera, Raspberry Pi Press has created a new Official Camera Guide to help you get started and inspire your future projects.

The Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera

Connecting a High Quality Camera turns your Raspberry Pi into a powerful digital camera. This 132-page book tells you everything you need to know to set up the camera, attach a lens, and start capturing high-resolution photos and video footage.

Make those photos snazzy

The book tells you everything you need to know in order to use the camera by issuing commands in a terminal window or via SSH. It also demonstrates how to control the camera with Python using the excellent picamera library.

You’ll discover the many image modes and effects available – our favourite is ‘posterise’.

Build some amazing camera-based projects

Once you’ve got the basics down, you can start using your camera for a variety of exciting Raspberry Pi projects showcased across the book’s 17 packed chapters. Want to make a camera trap to monitor the wildlife in your garden? Build a smart door with a video doorbell? Try out high-speed and time-lapse photography? Or even find out which car is parked in your driveway using automatic number-plate recognition? The book has all this covered, and a whole lot more.

Don’t have a High Quality Camera yet? No problem. All the commands in the book are exactly the same for the standard Raspberry Pi Camera Module, so you can also use this model with the help of our Official Camera Guide.

Snap it up!

The Official Raspberry Pi Camera Guide is available now from the Raspberry Pi Press online store for £10. And, as always, we have also released the book as a free PDF. But the physical book feels so good to hold and looks so handsome on your bookshelf, we don’t think you’ll regret getting your hands on the print edition.

Whichever format you choose, have fun shooting amazing photos and videos with the new High Quality Camera. And do share what you capture with us on social media using #ShotOnRaspberryPi.


Harry Hardjono avatar

Looks great! You wouldn’t happen to have instructions on how to do it with Processing, do you? As an artist, I prefer Processing to Python.

Kamran Daneshvar avatar

I would like to know how to use it as a building’s security camera .
Do you have any virtual sample ?

Firdosh avatar

Hav a look at randomnerd tutorials some good CCTV info on their site.

Lame Lane avatar

You simply use motion (sudo apt install motion). However, for building security, you might find it better to use a fixed focus lens.

Ian Huntley avatar

New book looks lovely on first sight, but seems to have rather a lot of errors – especially in Chapter 15. Is there somewhere to report these, please?

Liz Upton avatar

Thanks for the heads-up. If you go to the MagPi subforum at you’ll find an errata thread you can contribute to – thank you. We appreciate it.

latest poems king avatar

Looks great! You wouldn’t happen to have instructions on how to do it with Processing,

Alex Ellis avatar

Really like this new guide for photography with the RPi. I gave my hacks for the older and newer camera in this new blog post reviewing the new and older camera and lenses. Hats off to the RPi Foundation on this new product. The image quality is a marked improvement. I bought all the kit for around 150 USD from Pimoroni to write up a detailed review showing focal lengths, IQ and tonal range. I also compare indoors/outdoors and studio lighting vs. the classic fixed lens camera. Hope it’s of use to some folk looking to buy or get ideas of what to do with the cameras:

Harry Hardjono avatar

This is certainly a camera centric application. For portability, try using raspi zero and portable battery and display hat. However, I think it is very suitable for home studio archives. Book page scanning, item cataloguing, stop motion projects, or any other projects that require high quality pictures but not so much that you want to use your big and heavy camera to do it.

Mitch Hilger avatar

Is there C code available in the book that shows how to use the camera interface in a more controllable way? I just cringe at using Python on a real project.

Christopher Eldred avatar

has anyone suceeded in getting the alpr project running, tried twice with a new pi4 and latest pios but will not run the test jpg. Is ian issue with buster lite?

Steven Fox avatar

Your content is very helpful.

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