THE CAMERA MODULE for the Raspberry Pi pocket computer is now available for order through RS Components and Premier Farnell/Element14.
The camera module has been around since earlier this year, but the firms have been hard at work to make sure that the picture quality matches the capabilities of the hardware.
"This is the final hardware; we've been working on tuning (Gert tells me that picture quality is 'pretty good' at the moment, but we're hoping to get it to 'bleedin marvellous' before we release the hardware)," blogged the Raspberry Pi Foundation's Liz Upton in February
"We've been very grateful for your patience as we've tweaked and refined things; it'd have been good to get the camera board out to you last month, but we wanted your experience to be as good as possible, and we've been working on the software right up until last night," reads a post on the Raspberry Pi website that introduces the finished product.
"For such a small device, this has been an enormous project, and a year-long effort for everybody involved. We're pretty proud of it: we hope you like it!"
RS Components has the camera module listed as "coming soon", but doesn't list a price. In February Upton, who is the official spokesperson for the foundation, said that it would cost $25.
Farnell has the 5MP camera board on sale, and is selling it for £19.87 including VAT. It is presently sold out, however, but the firm expects to receive more stock on 19 May.
The board is described as having a 5MP sensor that supports 1080p, 720p and 640x480p video formats, and has a pocket sized 25x20x9mm footprint.
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