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Raspberry Pi camera module now available from RS Components

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article image RS Components' new Raspberry Pi camera module enables low cost HD video capture

The Raspberry Pi camera module is now available from RS Components (RS) and Allied Electronics (Allied), the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, a world-leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products.

A prototype of the module had its first public demonstration on the RS stand at the Electronica trade fair in Munich last November.

Highlights of the Raspberry Pi camera module: 

  • Contains a 5-megapixel CMOS image sensor from OmniVision built on 1.4 micron backside illumination pixel architecture
  • Delivers 5-megapixel photography, and high frame rate 720p/60 high-definition (HD) video capture
  • Interfaces to the Raspberry Pi via the existing camera connector, using CSI for data and I2C for control
  • Allows users to record 720p and 1080p at 30 frames per second in H264 video format
Gordon Hollingworth, Head of Software at Raspberry Pi says that the new camera board is tiny, weighs only a couple of grams, and has excellent resolution. Trial units are being used in university medical labs, taking pictures from airborne devices and in facial recognition projects.

According to Glenn Jarrett, Global Head of Product Marketing at RS, there was a great deal of interest when the prototype camera module was first demonstrated in November last. He appreciated the efforts of the team at the Raspberry Pi Foundation who worked flat out to fine-tune the hardware to get it into production and into RS’ distribution centres as quickly as possible.

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