Raspberry Pi Camera Module, 5MP - £19.87 @ element14/Farnell (Tcb 5% - CPC Website link in comments)
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Raspberry Pi Camera Module, 5MP - £19.87 @ element14/Farnell (Tcb 5% - CPC Website link in comments)

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Found 14th May 2013
The Raspberry Pi Camera Module is custom designed add-on for Raspberry Pi. It attaches to Raspberry Pi by way of one of the small sockets on the board upper surface. This interface uses the dedicated CSi interface, designed especially for interfacing to cameras.
The board itself is tiny, at around 25mm x 20mm x 9mm. It also weighs just 3g, making it perfect for mobile or other applications where size and weight are important.
It connects to Raspberry Pi by way of a short ribbon cable.
The sensor itself has 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.
The camera is supported in the latest version of Raspbian, Raspberry Pi's preferred system.

Key Features
5MP Still images up to 2592 x 1944
Video 1080p/30fps and 640x480p 60/90fps
CSi interface 150mm 15 way ribbon cable
25mm x 20mm x 9mm Low profile PCB
Weighs 3g
Supported in the latest version of Raspbian OS

Thanks to joedastudd

Use CPC (sub branch of farnell) instead.
You get free shipping which is ~£5 at RS and element14/farnell.

Thanks to mhuk
regarding topcashback

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Use CPC (sub branch of farnell) instead.
You get free shipping which is ~£5 at RS and element14/farnell.

And topcashback..

Banned

cheers op

Its a hot from me :-)

Banned

this will eventually get out of the cold zone into the heat zone, that's as soon as people realize this is a great deal

I wonder if they could use this to setup a gesture controlled xbmc/plex

aceshigh

I wonder if they could use this to setup a gesture controlled xbmc/plex



just use a kinect

powerbrick

just use a kinect



you say that like the Kinect is the cheaper alternative.
Edited by: "Dannyrobbo" 14th May 2013

Video 1080p/30fps and 640x480p 60/90fps


Is the 'Pi actually fast enough to display the HD video from this camera?

pete_l

Is the 'Pi actually fast enough to display the HD video from this camera?



Well it can display HD video, but whether it can display it's own live HD feed is another matter - there's a lot of throughput going on...

ouch. Almost £20 for a part than prob cost about £3 or £4.

As for kinnect control - used ones aren't fetching a deal more than this now. When 'infinity' ships with kinnect 2.0 built in the 1st kinnect will rapidly lose value.

pete_l

Is the 'Pi actually fast enough to display the HD video from this camera?

capriboycraig

ouch. Almost £20 for a part than prob cost about £3 or £4.As for kinnect … ouch. Almost £20 for a part than prob cost about £3 or £4.As for kinnect control - used ones aren't fetching a deal more than this now. When 'infinity' ships with kinnect 2.0 built in the 1st kinnect will rapidly lose value.


Yes it can display full HD video. The camera is linked to the GPU and the GPU on the Pi is a pretty powerful video decoder (Can play full blu-ray rips)


Its the custom PCB / low volume production that is expensive, also the code to interface the board to the GPU. £30 for a RPi + £16 for the camera module and you get a High Def hardware H.264 encoding embedded linux platform - It's an absolute steal.

The BOM (Bill of Materials) Is only usually a very low percentage of the costs of production of any consumer electronics.
Edited by: "jacksonliam" 14th May 2013

the-bunker

Well it can display HD video, but whether it can display it's own live HD … Well it can display HD video, but whether it can display it's own live HD feed is another matter - there's a lot of throughput going on...



It has its own hardware encoder it shouldn't be a problem whether or not the code to do it has beem written yet I dunno. Remember it is a chipset that is normally used in set top boxes.

jacksonliam

Yes it can display full HD video. The camera is linked to the GPU and the … Yes it can display full HD video. The camera is linked to the GPU and the GPU on the Pi is a pretty powerful video decoder (Can play full blu-ray rips)Its the custom PCB / low volume production that is expensive, also the code to interface the board to the GPU. £30 for a RPi + £16 for the camera module and you get a High Def hardware H.264 encoding embedded linux platform - It's an absolute steal.The BOM (Bill of Materials) Is only usually a very low percentage of the costs of production of any consumer electronics.



Apple stuff the bill of materials and manufacturing is pretty much all the cost (It is set at $200 for every iphone (At least the last 3 generations) they don't spend anything on R&D really. Marketing I suppose is another cost. That is why they have so much money.
I doubt they have more than another $50 in costs per iphone leaving them with loads of profits. The manufacturing cost is not very much when it is done in China on a high volume.

So finally can I use my Pi as a ip can?

joedastudd

Use CPC (sub branch of farnell) instead.You get free shipping which is … Use CPC (sub branch of farnell) instead.You get free shipping which is ~£5 at RS and element14/farnell.



Farnell offers free next day delivery. I've shopped there twice in the last few weeks. The only string attached is that if you're paying by card (as you will if you don't have a trade account) you need a minimum order of £20(excluding VAT). Farnell have a much wider range of components 763,422 vs 89,684 (a few things CPC has that Farnell doesn't have though). Farnell is cheaper on some items and CPC is cheaper on others, so worth comparing your order total before you shop on either

720p 60fps? could make you own wee GoPro out of these

Same price as the Raspberry Pi A Model roughly, ouch, thought it would be around a tenner for the camera tops, bet the volume of orders aren't as high as expected at that sort of price. Bit hard to justify in my opinion.

the cool

720p 60fps? could make you own wee GoPro out of these

Yes but it won't be as small, and making it waterproof would be a pain! I don't think 60fps is working in the software right now but will be soon I bet.



Holliss

Same price as the Raspberry Pi A Model roughly, ouch, thought it would be … Same price as the Raspberry Pi A Model roughly, ouch, thought it would be around a tenner for the camera tops, bet the volume of orders aren't as high as expected at that sort of price. Bit hard to justify in my opinion.

if you don't have a purpose in mind I suppose it's a bit much as a chuck in a drawer thing, but if you have a use nothing else even comes close! I mean look at the price of the beagalebone camera!

aceshigh

I wonder if they could use this to setup a gesture controlled xbmc/plex



I wonder if anyone will care?

I was struggling to think of the point to this but I suppose it has a good few uses like turning a raspberry pi into an ip security camera or maybe an in car video recorder

What's the difference between this and plugging a web cam in? Just interested

willow18

What's the difference between this and plugging a web cam in? Just … What's the difference between this and plugging a web cam in? Just interested


This has an almost direct link to the SoC meaning you get far better bandwidth, something like 20x.
Doesn't mean much if you only want 480x320 video steaming, but for anything more this should be faster and less cpu/gpu draining then attaching a webcam.
Remember this is 5MP when your average webcam is still only about 1MP.

As for uses there are too many to name.
A few ideas which I've been toying with:
*Live stream from an robot platform
*Timelapse of vegetables growing (while running a automated watering system)
*Chicken coop live feed with automated door opening
*Running something similar to this

I've also got a few ideas for work related usage like replacing a £2000+ QA system the size of a small car with a a RasPi this module and a few GPIO pins. Total cost of about £70 including enclosure vs the £150 to replace a single PCI capture card on the current system.

the cool

720p 60fps? could make you own wee GoPro out of these


Framerate is not everything. Cheap CCDs typically display terrible levels of wobble-vision (a rolling shutter effect). I wonder if this Pi will be the same?

Video 1080p/30fps and 640x480p 60/90fps

Holliss

Same price as the Raspberry Pi A Model roughly, ouch, thought it would be … Same price as the Raspberry Pi A Model roughly, ouch, thought it would be around a tenner for the camera tops, bet the volume of orders aren't as high as expected at that sort of price. Bit hard to justify in my opinion.


Yes, it can show it with practically no CPU usage - it's all on the GPU.

It serves to highlight how cheap the raspberry pi is, not how expensive the camera is.
Edited by: "mikerr" 16th May 2013

I don't mean to be sarcastic or seem like i'm sniping - but is this genuinely a deal or is this pretty much RRP?

Josh Rogan

I don't mean to be sarcastic or seem like i'm sniping - but is this … I don't mean to be sarcastic or seem like i'm sniping - but is this genuinely a deal or is this pretty much RRP?

Well it's not a discount or a sale, but it's definitely a good deal Imo.

I'm amazed at how cheap people really are on this site, this is an absolute steal

So overpriced, just like the Pi itself, they promised it would be so cheap when they were developing it then it arrived and was like £40.... what a joke, plus most ended up chucked in draws when people found they couldn't be bothered to deal with it and the fad had worn off. This camera costs like £2 to produce and they want this kinda money for it! plus its a pain to use.
Edited by: "David23" 16th May 2013

David23

So overpriced, just like the Pi itself, they promised it would be so … So overpriced, just like the Pi itself, they promised it would be so cheap when they were developing it then it arrived and was like £40.... what a joke, plus most ended up chucked in draws when people found they couldn't be bothered to deal with it and the fad had worn off. This camera costs like £2 to produce and they want this kinda money for it! plus its a pain to use.


The $25/$35 price points were always the unit cost before taxes and shipping.
I brought Raspberry Pi's at launch from both retailer and neither of them charged £40.
Just checked my emails and Farnell was £26.55, RS £30.87.

As for the camera cost did you include component sourcing, manufacturing costs (these are bespoke units), handling, packing and shipping costs? Not to mention the time spend developing the hardware, software and the on going cost of support.
Seriously if the unit cost is anything like the Raspberry Pi then your talking a 10% or less margin on the unit which puts the cost at around £15 (exc VAT).
Edited by: "joedastudd" 16th May 2013

David23

So overpriced, just like the Pi itself, they promised it would be so … So overpriced, just like the Pi itself, they promised it would be so cheap when they were developing it then it arrived and was like £40.... what a joke, plus most ended up chucked in draws when people found they couldn't be bothered to deal with it and the fad had worn off. This camera costs like £2 to produce and they want this kinda money for it! plus its a pain to use.



On what crazy alternate reality are you claiming the PI is overpriced?

Hot from me

David23

So overpriced, just like the Pi itself, they promised it would be so … So overpriced, just like the Pi itself, they promised it would be so cheap when they were developing it then it arrived and was like £40.... what a joke, plus most ended up chucked in draws when people found they couldn't be bothered to deal with it and the fad had worn off. This camera costs like £2 to produce and they want this kinda money for it! plus its a pain to use.


The Raspberry hardware is intended for intelligent people to learn about computers.

You didn't learn anything.

This product is not for you, go back to buying consumer electronics that come with instruction manuals.

David23

So overpriced, just like the Pi itself, they promised it would be so … So overpriced, just like the Pi itself, they promised it would be so cheap when they were developing it then it arrived and was like £40



They promised $25 ex vat and that's how much it costs - £20 inc VAT delivered from CPC:
cpc.farnell.com/jsp…em3

Is there a user-friendly GUI available for using this as an IP cam?

Got mine yesterday. Back in stock @farnell
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