Raspberry Pi to get camera module soon

Summary:The Raspberry Pi foundation has signalled that a camera module for the device could be available in a matter of weeks.

The Raspberry Pi foundation has confirmed it's planning to launch a camera module for the low-cost Linux computer later this year.

The camera was initially scheduled for release last year . While there's no official release date, the module is at least a month away from going on sale, according to the Foundation.

The board measures 20x25x10mm, and "weighs naff all", the Foundation said.

Raspberry Pi camera module
A glimpse of the camera module. Image: Raspberry Pi Foundation.

The tiny camera is suited to the robotics and home automation applications some Raspberry Pi users are developing.

The final version of the hardware is now ready, and the Foundation is now working on tuning and drivers for the module.

"Picture quality is 'pretty good' at the moment, but we're hoping to get it to 'bleedin' marvellous' before we release the hardware," the foundation said on its blog on Wednesday.

A prototype version of the module demoed last year was equipped with a 5-megapixel sensor, and could record 1080p H.264 video at 30 frames per second.

Topics: Linux, Hardware, Open Source

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Jo Best has been covering IT for the best part of a decade for publications including silicon.com, Guardian Government Computing and ZDNet in both London and Sydney.

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