Friday Product Post: In Vivid 1080pi

The Raspberry Pi Camera Module v2, a new Raspberry Pi Enclosure, an RJ11 Breakout. Oh so vivid!

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Well, hello there! Welcome back to another Friday Product Post. This week we have three brand new products that we are sure you’ll love. Yup, we are being that bold. Why? Well, because we have not one, but two brand new Raspberry Pi products for you that can be used in conjunction with each other. Not only that, but we now have a breakout board available for the very commonly used RJ11 Connector! Let’s not waste any more time and just dive on in!

A stunning Nick in vivid color!

Raspberry Pi Camera Module V2

DEV-14028
$29.95
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This 8mp camera module, capable of 1080p video and still images, connects directly to your Raspberry Pi. It is plug-and-play compatible with the latest version of the Raspbian operating system, making it perfect for time-lapse photography, recording video, motion detection, and security applications. Connect the included ribbon cable to the CSi (Camera Serial Interface) port on your Raspberry Pi, and you are good to go!

Raspberry Pi 3 + Camera Enclosure - Clear

PRT-14025
$7.95
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This clear enclosure protects the Raspberry Pi 3, RPi2 and Model B+ from things like rogue wires that might short it out while still allowing full access to the board as well as proper airflow to keep your new toy cool! Simply snap the RPi into the bottom half of the enclosure, then snap the two sides together. No tools required!

Not only does this clear enclosure provide a “safe space” for your RPi3 and access to each of its ports, but it can also secure a Pi Camera v2 module inside!

SparkFun RJ11 Breakout

BOB-14021
$1.95

Finally today we have the SparkFun RJ11 Breakout, two simple breakout boards for the common 6-pin RJ11 connector. These little boards can easily have one of our RJ11 6-Pin Connectors to work with common telephone cables. Each board features standard B/R/Y/G (Black/Red/Yellow/Green) labels on the top of the board to match a standard telephone wire. Additionally, each board has pin numbers on the back side that match with the pins on the connector.

That’s it for today, folks. Be sure to check back next Friday for a HUGE week of new products. There are going to be quite a few! Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you then!


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  • I wonder if the RPi Zero would work with this camera? A wifi dongle could be added (as the Pi0 doesn’t have wifi). The combo might fit inside of some of the ‘pinhole’ camera bodies I’ve found on thingiverse, and be 3D printed.

  • There was a version of the “old” Pi camera that did not have the infrared-blocking filter (called the “NoIR Camera”). I’m wondering if there is going to be a NoIR version of this camera?

    BTW, before the NoIR came out, some folks removed the filter from their camera, but this ran a risk of not being able to get the camera back together. (And it’s different from the FLiR camera in that it maintains the visible light sensitivity.)

    UV cameras seem to be conspicuous by their absence…

    • It’s a matter of physics and materials choice: near-IR is readily transmissible in glass and readily picked up by CCDs, hence the filter. With the exception of fused quartz glass, most glass is fairly (90+%) opaque to every wavelength but UVA. It’s easier to drop the IR filter to extend the range, (It “only” cuts the UV by about 80%.) but it’s more difficult to change the filter to re-limit the wavelengths to a different part of the spectrum. UV bandpass filters are expensive. Saying you rip out the IR filter, you still have to worry about the CCD’s construction: Does it have glass over the CCD module proper? Then you’re wasting money on a pass filter for that wavelength to just be blocked further down the optical chain.

      TL;DR: Don’t, but if you do, you want a “Wood’s Glass filter”. They can be found occasionally. Or you can hit up Newport (~.com/f/bandpass-filters) for a $350 specific wavelength UV bandpass filter. You would switch the IR filter out (rather than team it) with the UV passing filter.

      • I suspect that the “recipe” for making the semi-conductor sensor modules is also tuned to be sensitive mainly in the visible spectrum. As you allude to, the optics would have to be different. However, I suspect that one of the reasons that the prices are so high is that the volumes are so low. Visible light digital cameras have been dropping dramatically in price at an amazing rate. By an interesting mis-match between silicon sensors and the biological sensors that humans come equipped with, those Si-based sensors will work in near IR, where the carbon-based ones won’t. In the past very few years, Si-based sensors that get down into the thermal infrared spectrum (e.g., SparkFun’s FLiR kit) have become much more affordable. (It wasn’t too many years ago when even the least expensive thermal imaging camera cost well over $10K and required liquid nitrogen, or other cryonics, to work.)

        It hasn’t been that many years since blue, and then white, LEDs, and even UV LEDs, have appeared.

        I was just pointing out that they’re hopefully coming. I, for one, am looking forward to do some exploring with “affordable” UV cameras. I understand, for instance, that because some insects can see in UV, there are some flowers that, while somewhat plain looking in visible light, have some spectacular markings when viewed in UV.

    • UV cameras seem to be conspicuous by their absence…

      I’m not an expert in the world of camera components, but I’d suspect the reason why I see more IR than UV cameras in embedded applications is because of the difference in optimal optics involved for UV vs IR… For IR, we can use the same optics/lenses as visible light- the only adjustment required is a filter swap and maybe focus (depending on the lens). For UV, regular optical glass does not transmit UV very well, so carefully chosen or modified lenses are required for the best results.

      I suspect it’s a lot easier to make an IR camera than a UV camera, which keeps UV in the niche of the niche.

    • Yup, there is a V2 of the NoIR but we are not (currently) carrying it, unfortunately. :(

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