Raspberry PI Camera Review
The Raspberry PI camera board has finally come to the market after many months of anticipation. This camera module aims to inspire thousands of Raspberry PI users who are planning to create their own custom video and photo based projects. The camera module for Raspberry PI accessories was announced a couple of months back and it took a while for the device to be released to the market. In fact, it can be considered as the very first add-on hardware for Raspberry PI.
The camera module has addressed a real need in the Raspberry PI community and it has provided solutions for most of the image and video based projects. For example, people who were engaged with computer vision projects such as near balloon space launches had to go through a lot of hassle when gathering required data for programming purposes. The Raspberry PI camera has the potential to live stream captured videos at a very high resolution. It can also store snapshots with an excellent resolution. These features have helped people to get rid of the difficulties that were associated with many image processing projects. You can also think about using this Raspberry PI camera module for home automation systems and burglar alarms.
The impressive specifications of Raspberry PI camera have played a major role behind its popularity. The specifications include:
- 5-megapixel sensor.
- Omni vision 5647 sensor that is built inside a fixed focus module.
- 1080p full HD video resolution.
- Still picture resolution with 2592*1944
- Maximum video recording frame rate of 30fps.
- Connection to the main module via a flat ribbon cable.
- Compact size of 20*25*10 mm.
The Raspberry PI camera can easily be installed without any professional assistance. First of all, you need to take the camera module out of the anti-static bag. Then you can install it by inserting the cable into your Raspberry PI. The provided cable slots into the connector that is located in between HDMI and Ethernet ports. The silver connectors should face the HDMI port. Once you complete the hardware configuration, you need to boot your Raspberry PI and run “sudo raspi-config” from the prompt. Then you will see the camera option in provided list and you just need to scroll to it and enable. Once you enable the camera, you can reboot your Raspberry PI and enjoy the functionality offered by the new add-on. All the installation instructions are provided along with the package for your convenience as well.
If you need to take a still photo from your Raspberry PI camera, you need to type “raspistill -o image.jpg” in the prompt. The word image can be customized according to your requirements and it is the name of your image. On the other hand, when you want to record a video, you need to type “raspivid -o video.h264 -t 10000”, where “10000” is the duration of your video in milliseconds and “video” is the name of saved video file. As you can see, it is extremely easy to use this camera module and you can think of purchasing a one without any doubt on mind.