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Raspberry Pi is getting a camera module topping

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Mon May 21 2012, 10:55
The Raspberry Pi camera module

POCKET COMPUTER Raspberry Pi will get a camera module add-on later this year, and from the looks of it, it will not be bad.

News of the module comes from the ever-busy Raspberry Pi blog, which has a photo. The photo does not have the best composition, but it shows great promise.

"It's not a terribly exciting photo - until you realise that it's the first picture ever taken from the prototype camera add-on board we're developing for release later in the year, which will plug into those CSI pins we expose in the middle of the Raspberry Pi," says regular Raspberry Pi poster Liz.

raspberry-pi-camera-module-front"We may downgrade the super-duperness of the camera to something with fewer than its current 14 megapixels before release; we need to keep things affordable, and a sensor of that size will end up pricey."

Speaking of the price, there isn't one. The Raspberry Pi Foundation still has to set a price for the hardware when it has finalised what parts it will use.

In the past parts have come from far and wide to drive down costs, and here the search could be equally thorough.

"We don't have a price for the camera module yet; we'll need to finalise exactly what hardware is in it first, but we will, of course, be ensuring that it's very affordable," added Liz. µ

 

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