The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced a new camera board in its official Accessories that would dramatically improve the photographic capabilities available to the popular DIY computer’s enthusiasts and hobbyists. It’s called the High-Quality Camera, It comes with a 7.9mm (Type 1/2.3) Sony IMX477 12.3-megapixel back-illuminated sensor, along with the amount that works with off the shelf C- and CS-mount lenses used on industrial and 16mm film cameras. It is compatible with Raspberry Pi 1/2/3/4 boards.
There have been official Raspberry Pi camera boards before, but they used much smaller, lower-resolution sensors and relied on fixed-focus lenses. This High-Quality Camera is much more flexible DIY camera now which supports interchangeable C- and CS-mount lenses and offers adjustable back focus.
The board has a CS-mount but comes with a C-mount adapter. This means that it’ll be easy to attach a wide variety of lenses through third-party products
The High-Quality Camera is designed to accept CS-mount lenses and, with the supplied adapter, C-mount lenses. The CGL 6 mm CS-mount and 16 mm C-mount lenses are examples of third-party products that are compatible with the High-Quality Camera; see step-by-step instructions for fitting these CS-mount and C-mount lenses.
Note: This Camera does come with the 6mm lense shown in the pictures
- Sony IMX477R stacked, back-illuminated sensor.
- Resolution: 12.3 megapixels.
- Output: RAW12/10/8, COMP8
- Compatible with Raspberry Pi 1/2/3/4 boards
- Back focus: Adjustable (12.5 mm–22.4 mm)
- Lens standards: C-mount, CS-mount (C-CS adapter included)
- IR cut filter: Integrated
- Ribbon cable length: 200 mm
- Tripod mount: 1/4”-20
A High quality 6 mm lens is available for the High-Quality Camera. This lens is suitable for basic photography. It can also be used for macro photography because it can focus on objects at very short distances. The lens is a CS-mount device, so it has a short back focus and does not need the C-CS adapter that comes with the High-Quality Camera. Rotate the lens clockwise all the way into the back focus adjustment ring.
The back focus adjustment ring should be screwed in fully for the shortest possible back-focal length. Use the back focus lock screw to make sure it does not move out of this position when adjusting the aperture or focus.
To adjust the aperture, hold the camera with the lens facing away from you. Turn the middle ring while holding the outer ring, furthest from the camera, steady. Turn clockwise to close the aperture and reduce image brightness. Turn anti-clockwise to open the aperture. Once you are happy with the light level, tighten the screw on the side of the lens to lock the aperture.
To adjust focus, hold the camera with the lens facing away from you. Hold the outer two rings of the lens; this is easier if the aperture is locked as described above. Turn the camera and the inner ring anti-clockwise relative to the two outer rings to focus on a nearby object. Turn them clockwise to focus on a distant object. You may find you need to adjust the aperture again after this.
- Wide Field of View suitable for CCTV applications
- Thumbscrew Adjustment for easy fitting
- Front and back covers for protection
|Interchangeable Lens Base Specification|
|Camera Sensor||Sony IMX477 sensor|
|Lens Focus||Adjustable back focus (12.5 mm–22.4 mm)|
|Lens standards||C-mount, CS-mount (C-CS adapter included)|
|IR cut filter||Integrated|
|Ribbon cable length||200 mm|
|Raspberry Pi 6 mm Wide Angle Specification|
|Back focal length||7.53mm|
|Shipment Weight||0.07 kg|
|Shipment Dimensions||10 × 10 × 6 cm|
- Getting started guide
- Raspberry Pi High-Quality Camera – product brief
- Raspberry Pi High-Quality Camera mechanical drawing
- Example fitting instructions for a typical C-mount lens
- Example fitting instructions for a typical CS-mount lens
1 x Raspberry Pi High-Quality Camera
1 x 6mm Wide Angle Lens