Raspberry Pi cameras officially available (but selling out fast)


posted Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 1:35 PM EDT


A few months ago, Raspberry Pi confirmed plans to create a small, affordable camera module for the $25 computer. Now those 5-megapixel cameras are officially for sale, but are already selling out.

Available for $25, the The Raspberry Pi Camera Board is designed to interface with either the $25 Model A or $35 Model B Pi. Rather than selling them directly, Raspberry Pi ships out the units to resellers around the globe, who then sell on the Pi and extras, like the Camera Board. The specs of the Camera Board aren't exactly revolutionary, but for the $25 sticker price, you can't expect too much. It snaps 5-megapixel images and can record video at 1080p30, 720p60 and 640x480p60/90.

To celebrate the launch of the Camera Board, electronics store element14 is holding a photography competition, with winners receiving Raspberry Pi accessories.

While neither the Raspberry Pi nor the Camera Board are particularly powerful on their own, they are the font of all sorts of engineering genius. Now that these are starting to ship out and become available, it'll be interesting to see what uses people put them to. The official Raspberry Pi forum is already overflowing with people discussing the intricacies of programing for the add-on.


(via Engadget)