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Camera for Raspberry Pi

There are many fans of photography, more and more people decide to devote themselves to this unique passion, especially as it is very versatile. You can photograph landscapes and still-life, take a close look at plants or simply dedicate yourself to people, showing their emotions, authenticity and natural beauty. There are many areas of photography, which is why it fascinates people so much. However, to be able to take pictures, both amateur and professional, you need the right equipment. The same applies to short and feature films, which are also very popular nowadays, especially as they make it possible to become famous in the virtual world. Similar equipment is also needed to create a monitoring system that will ensure safety and protection of the building and its residents. It is possible to use Raspberry Pi microcomputer, equipped with appropriate overlays with camera modules. They are characterized by small size, which allows to use them in more difficult conditions, e.g. they are perfect for nature macro photography. Furthermore, the cameras have high image resolution, and are equipped with appropriate drivers and quick installation system.

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Raspberry Pi cameras and their huge capabilities

Raspberry Pi cameras come in different variants. There are different models on the market. The first camera has already met the requirements of Raspberry’s fans at the time, but its successor turned out to be even more desirable for photography enthusiasts and people who decided to create an intelligent environment monitoring system on their own. The newer version of the camera eliminated the 5Mpix OmniVision OV5647 sensor and used Sony IMX219 solution with 8 Mpix resolution. As a result of this conversion, the quality of the recorded image has been significantly improved. A big advantage of the Raspberry Pi Camera V2 overlay is the ability to record and shoot in HD quality. It will meet the expectations of the most demanding users, as well as those who are looking for their first hardware. It is easy to use, and at the same time offers many additional features. Noteworthy features include lime-lapse recording. It is possible to use special effects, which are added to the image due to the availability of a dedicated software library. The camera can record in 1080p30, 720p60, and VGA90 modes, and the camera is suitable for compatibility with Raspberry Pi series 1, 2, 3, and 4. The overlay is equipped with removable multicable tape, 15 cm long. It is connected to the CSI connector, which is located on Raspberry board.

Connecting the camera to Raspberry Pi - correctly, quickly and safely

As with all other overlays for Raspberry Pi, also those with cameras are easy to connect, but there are several important issues to remember, so that the installation can be carried out correctly and the system works without any failures. You need to know that the cameras are highly sensitive to electrostatic discharge and therefore can be damaged before being used. Therefore, get rid of electrostatic charges from your hands before unpacking the camera. You can do this in a very simple way. All you have to do is touch a metal object in your environment. Now you can start unpacking the camera and installing it.

Release the CSI latch on Raspberry Pi board. Slide the blue cover facing the Ethernet connector into the CSI connector. The exception is the Raspberry Pi 4B, where the connector is located between the micro HDMI and 3.5mm audio jack. The tape leads must be evenly inserted into the connector. The tape has to be fixed and pressed into the CSI connector latches on both sides. This is the last step you have to take to try out how the camera board you installed works. So Raspberry Pi is not only a microcomputer for programmers, but also an interesting equipment for recording videos, taking pictures or monitoring buildings.