Raspberry Pi 12-megapixel Camera Revealed

The innovative Raspberry Pi Foundation completely changed the maker landscape with its Raspberry Pi single-board computer. Its tiny credit card-sized dev board might not be the only SBC on the market, but it remains easily the most popular option. In large part, that's owed to unrivaled support from both the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and the maker community as a whole. Now, you can buy a brand new Raspberry Pi high-quality camera for just $50!

Raspberry Pi High-quality 12.3-megapixel Camera With Interchangeable Lenses Available 

Connecting a camera to the Raspberry Pi is an excellent idea for a variety of purposes. Perhaps you'd like to use your Raspberry Pi as a desktop replacement, and require teleconferencing capabilities. Or maybe you'd like to install OctoPrint and capture 3D printing time lapses. Whatever your needs, Raspberry Pi compatible webcams and cameras are must-own Pi accessories. And Raspberry Pi Foundation's high-quality camera offers great bang for your buck. Priced at an affordable $50 USD, it packs 12.3 megapixels for high-quality pictures and video. What's more, a set of interchangeable lenses is available starting at just $25.

raspberry pi high-quality 12-megapixel camera revealed

Showcasing its capabilities, the Raspberry Pi Foundation features a selection of images captured with the fresh 12-megapixel high-quality camera, both closeups and pictures from afar. One of the biggest improvements is a shift away from fixed-focus cameras. While most mobile devices boast fixed-focus camera lenses that shoot admirably under ideal conditions, low-light performance is typically awful. The Raspberry Pi high-quality camera arrives with a 12.3-megapixel Sony IMX477 and 1.55μm × 1.55μm pixel size. There's a back-illuminated sensor architecture that benefits sensitivity. You'll find support for C- and CS-mount lenses as found on many movie cameras, as well as an integrated back-focus adjustment ring plus tripod mount.  

High-quality Raspberry Pi Camera - The Bigger Picture

raspberry pi high-quality 12-megapixel camera announced

Even with the Raspberry Pi Camera Module v2, photography and video enthusiasts were milking the Pi camera for all it was worth, producing DSLR-caliber photos and videos. Now, the high-quality Pi camera makes that even easier and more feasible. For starters, there's a higher megapixel count. Additionally, a migration away from fixed-focus lends much-improved performance to the 12.3-megapixel RPi camera. C- and CS-mount compatibility allows for clever do-it-yourselfers (DIYers) to hook up their own lenses. At launch, you can buy a 6mm CS-mount lens for a cool $25, and a 16mm C-mount lens at a reasonable $50. That's a great deal. Furthermore, you can learn how to use the Raspberry Pi camera like a professional with The Official Raspberry Pi Camera Guide, available from Raspberry Pi Press. The overall trend is clear. The Raspberry Pi Foundation seeks to continue improving its already fantastic platform with additional first-party accessories, thereby empowering makers and encouraging creativity. 

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