Raspberry Pi camera module now shipping

ES July13 Pg05 to 08 News Batch 1 RS1A Raspberry Pi camera module is now available from RS Components (RS), priced at $25. Modules comprise a five-megapixel CMOS image sensor from OmniVision built on 1.4 micron backside illumination pixel architecture, which delivers five-megapixel photography and high-definition (HD) video capture. The camera interfaces to the Raspberry Pi via the existing camera connector, using CSI for data and I2C for control. It allows users to record 720p and 1,080p at 30 frames per second in H264 video format.

Head of software at Raspberry Pi, Gordon Hollingworth, said: “Over the last few months, we’ve been tuning and refining the Raspberry Pi camera module. It’s tiny, it only weighs a couple of grams, and it has awesome resolution. It’s a really inexpensive way to add video or stills input.”

For ideas and tips on using the module, visit the Designspark online community, where the Raspberry Pi design centre contains useful information and tutorials.