Camera add-on for the Raspberry Pi on the way

The Raspberry Pi is a tiny, low power computer that sells for just $35. At that price you don’t get an awful lot. There’s no case for the PC. The 700 MHz ARM-based CPU isn’t that speedy. And while there are HDMI, USB, and Ethernet ports, that’s about it… for now.

But the Raspberry Pi team is working on peripherals that can add functionality to the little computer. One of the first will be a camera, and there’s now a working prototype.

Raspberry Pi camera add-on

The team have posted the first photo taken by the camera prototype on their blog. The camera connects to the pins left exposed in the center of the Raspberry Pi system board.

While the prototype uses a 14MP camera, the finished product will probably be built around a lower resolution camera in an effort to keep the price low. There’s no word on how much the camera add-on will cost when it’s released.

Of course, there’s also nothing stopping you from just connecting and off-the-shelf webcam to the USB port… but where’s the fun in that  much less geeky solution?

The official Raspberry Pi camera add-on will also use the computer’s graphics processor to handle video processing, which should help improve performance.

  • TomLeeM

    Perhaps one could make ones own digital camera? I guess it expands what can be done with the little board. 

    • toronado455

      Sure, I suppose. If there are any battery solutions for this, that is. Otherwise you’d be limited to wired power. And of course you’d need a case and some way to control the camera, via touch screen some other controls.

      Given the cost of all those components it would not be any cheaper than buying an off-the-shelf digital camera though.

      • mlass

        If I buy one of the shelf, it doesn’t teach me anything.

    • Cnxsoft

      They use a mobile camera module, so the quality is likely to be lower than a standard digital camera.

  • Jitendra Shah

     Need to get myself one of these!