Raspberry Pi Camera Module 2 NoIR
The infrared Raspberry Pi Camera Module 2 NoIR replaced the original PiNoIR Camera Module in April 2016
The infrared Raspberry Pi Camera Module 2 NoIR replaced the original PiNoIR Camera Module in April 2016. The Camera Module 2 Pi NoIR has a Sony IMX219 8-megapixel sensor (compared to the 5-megapixel OmniVision OV5647 sensor of the original camera).
The Camera Module 2 NoIR gives you everything the standard Camera Module offers, with one difference: it does not employ an infrared filter. (NoIR = No Infrared filter.) This means that pictures you take by daylight will look decidedly curious, but it gives you the ability to see in the dark with infrared lighting.
We bundle a little square of blue gel with the Camera Module 2 NoIR, which you can use with the camera to monitor the health of green plants. The NoIR variant is very popular among wildlife hobbyists: with a few infrared LEDs, you can monitor what nocturnal animals are doing in your garden without disturbing them.
The camera works with all models of Raspberry Pi that have a CSI connector (all except Raspberry Pi 400 and the 2016 launch version of Zero). It can be accessed through libcamera and the libcamera-based Picamera2 Python library beta.
All models of Raspberry Pi Zero require a Raspberry Pi Zero camera cable; the standard cable supplied with the camera module is not compatible with the Raspberry Pi Zero camera connector. Suitable cables are available at low cost from many Raspberry Pi Approved Resellers, and are supplied with the Raspberry Pi Zero Case.
Raspberry Pi Camera Module 2 NoIR will remain in production until at least January 2028