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Raspberry Pi shows off prototype camera board

Has a 5MP sensor, records HD 1080p H.264 video at 30 frames per second
Fri Nov 23 2012, 14:40
Raspberry Pi

COMPUTER DESIGNER the Raspberry Pi Foundation has shown off a prototype camera board for its miniscule computing device.

Demoed by RS Components' community manager for Designspark Pete Wood in a video at the Electronica conference in Germany this week, the camera has a 5MP sensor and can record HD 1080p H.264 video at 30 frames per second.

As a prototype of the production model, the camera board featured in the video will plug into the presently unused CSI pins on the Raspberry Pi, using I²C for control.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation said in a blog post that it is also working on a display board, which will come to market after the camera board.

Raspberry Pi community manager Liz Upton said in the post, "Pete has, in the tradition of makers and hackers everywhere, employed sellotape and what appears to be a broom handle in his demo.

"We'll be making a little mount for the production camera, so sellotape will not be necessary. Broom handles, however, are almost always useful for something or other."

The Raspberry Pi Foundation admits that it has a little way to go yet before it will be able to send the camera out to manufacture, but in the meantime it has some testing chamber time booked in December so it can be sure that the big ribbon cable doesn't emit any forbidden electromagnetic radiation.

"We're hoping to get these ready for sale in the new year, all being well at a price of $25," Upton added. µ


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