Raspberry Pi Camera Module

This 5mp camera module is capable of 1080p video and still images and connects directly to your Raspberry Pi. Connect the included ribbon cable to the CSI (Camera Serial Interface) port on your Raspberry Pi, boot up the latest version of Raspbian and you are good to go!

The board itself is tiny, at around 25mm x 20mm x 9mm and weighing in at just over 3g, making it perfect for mobile or other applications where size and weight are important. The sensor has a native resolution of 5 megapixel, and has a fixed focus lens onboard. In terms of still images, the camera is capable of 2592 x 1944 pixel static images, and also supports 1080p30, 720p60 and 640x480p60/90 video.

Note: This module is only capable of taking pictures and video, not sound.

Raspberry Pi Camera Module Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

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Skill Level: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
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  • Robert / about 8 years ago / 1

    Do you have a sense when you'll be getting the new 8MP camera?

  • wpmcnamara / about 11 years ago / 5

    I need a US source for a replacement cable. Apparently the cable strongly resembles a cat toy as I found mine, with camera attached in our laundry room when I got home. There are holes punched completely through the cable. Any suggestions?

    • Member #496291 / about 10 years ago / 2

      EVERYTHING is a cat toy! I got an amazing book for Christmas called "How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You" (not kidding, it's a real book). This is one of the signs. You've been warned...

  • sample images and video are coming!

  • The Doctor Doge / about 11 years ago / 2

    Wow, these sold out fast

  • sfd / about 11 years ago / 2

    Someone really needs to make a Pi case with a mount for the camera module built in.

  • DrSpeed / about 11 years ago * / 2

    This thing really does work quite well and you have access to all the cool camera stuff like exposure, white balance, sharpness etc. The software does NOT allow you to composite any text onto the image which is too bad because sometimes it's handy to put a time stamp on images. The circuit board is pretty small and the mounting holes are small as well. A bit of a challenge getting this mounted to anything and the ribbon cable is not as friendly as a non ribbon cable would be. You can't really drill the holes much bigger because some are close to traces and/or components. I mounted mine to a piece of acrylic and tapped a hole for a tripod: flickr picture here

    • DrSpeed / about 11 years ago / 2

      BTW, I see detailed documentation someone has posted: here

    • Member #10274 / about 11 years ago / 1

      It's easy to use the ImageMagik Convert program on the PI to add annotations after you have snapped the picture.

    • gmcerveny / about 11 years ago / 1

      That's a cool tripod. Did you make it too?

  • soswow / about 11 years ago / 2

    Interesting how far into IR specter it can see?

    • Member #108213 / about 11 years ago / 3

      It Comes with an IR filter in place. Here is Hack to remove. http://hackaday.com/2013/05/27/adding-night-vision-to-the-raspberry-pi-camera/

  • The Doctor Doge / about 11 years ago * / 2


  • Member #714016 / about 9 years ago / 1

    This is powered from the ribbon cable, right? Or does it have an external power cable?

  • Member #718308 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I am developing a vision added inertial nevigation for quadcopter..kindly guide me that for my project which cmos camera would be suitable..thanku

  • 3D model of the Raspberry Pi Camera => https://grabcad.com/library/raspberry-pi-camera-1.

    Raspberry Pi Enclosure 3D Model => http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:92208.

  • Josh Young / about 9 years ago / 1

    Is there any way to connect two of these to a Pi and record with them simultaneously?

  • Member #73182 / about 10 years ago / 1

    There is a sensor datasheet, but isn't there a module datasheet as I'd like it for my own design?

  • Is the "Raspberry Pi Camera Module" compatible with the Raspberry Pi B+ ?

  • ScottF / about 10 years ago / 1

    Is there a pinout for these modules available?

  • AgustinGS / about 10 years ago / 1

    is there a similar camera module for the arduino? this would be amazing.


  • Member #495701 / about 11 years ago / 1

    I was looking at this camera module to attach to a telescope so I do not have to sit outside on a clear winter night in lovely Salt Lake City with my grandson looking at the moon and stars. I know that this has a fixed focal lens. What I would like to know is if someone knows the minimum focal length of this camera is?

  • seulater / about 11 years ago / 1

    What is the cable pinout ?

  • CrazyCreator / about 11 years ago / 1

    You should sell replacement ribbon cables, they're delicate and I know I'm going to end up tearing a few :p

  • Fitzfitzfitzfitz / about 11 years ago / 1

    So has anybody tried it with OpenCV ??? Thats runs on the Pi....

  • Member #420441 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Can I use that camera along with PIC24 microcontroller?

  • Member #420441 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Is this camera cmos serial? Can I use this with PIC microcontrollers? What type of serial interface does it use?

    • Brent8 / about 11 years ago / 1

      You can only use it with the rPi. It has a proprietary Broadcom interface. The ribbon cable plugs into the camera connector on the rPi.

  • Lord Anubis / about 11 years ago / 1

    what is the max cable connection ( camera PI ) length? Any experience?

  • Dindi / about 11 years ago / 1

    Before I pay for this and put camera number 999 on the shelf of stuff that is not sufficient for my use: could someone please tell me what server software to use this with that allows streaming over http and that is the delay/frame rate achievable with this module? I am asking this, because with motion (with just streaming and scripts disabled) and a Microsoft camera I am getting around 5 seconds of delay that makes it not very useful for my project. I already replaced this idea with adding Loftek cameras next to them and doing the streaming from there, but who knows... if this is really working fine, then I might use my Raspberry for something other than using it as my Asterisk and DSL router/VPN box (for which this it is working really well, it is just the camera server that sucks with a 5s delay and frequent crashes)....

    thanks in advance

    • Brent8 / about 11 years ago * / 1

      The video display over the network has less than a second delay when transmitting 2592 × 1944 video frames @30fps to mplayer (using netcat). The latency is less for smaller resolutions. The preview on the monitor connected to the rPi is near-instantaneous.

      • Dindi / about 11 years ago / 1

        Thanks for the reply. When you say "over the network": what are you streaming with? Motion? mjpeg streamer? Else?


  • Member #10274 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Does anyone know a source for longer cables?

    • djmanning / about 11 years ago / 1


  • cm22 / about 11 years ago / 1

    Pi + Camera + 3G Card

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works great.

nice clear picture. It would be nice if the cable was a bit more substantial and a little longer. You have to place your pi pretty much right next to your camera. I haven't searched around to find out how long you could extend the ribbon cable if at all.....

It works.

Not great resolution, but that is no surprise, since no promises were made. Actually, it is fantastic that it works.

Great Product

I tried it and quality of the video was amazing.