Pi Camera

This page collects different ways to use Raspberry Pi computer boards (and related boards) to make small, cheap, lightweight cameras for different purposes, including #aerial-mapping, #balloon-mapping, #kite-mapping, #timelapse and #spectrometry. ## Raspberry Pi Simple Camera Kit We've [been working on some software](https://github.com/publiclab/image-builder-rpi/) for this widely used mini camera-and-computer in a tiny box (especially the lightweight "Zero W" model) to make it available with a **pre-flashed SD card** that turns this into a **ready-to-use WiFi enabled camera**. This gets over many of the barriers of using the regular Raspberry Pi kit and having to do a lot of programming/installing to get it running. We've managed to get a **plug and play** version running! Just plug it in using a Micro USB cable (or battery pack) and it'll create a WiFi network called "00PiCamera" -- password "publiclab" -- which you can log into from your phone or laptop. You'll quickly see streaming video, be able to take photos, timelapses, or videos, do motion triggered capture, and more: * [Pi Camera Kit](https://store.publiclab.org/products/raspberry-pi-camera) * [Infragram Pi Camera Kit](https://store.publiclab.org/products/infragram-pi-camera) * our [Microscope Pi kits](https://store.publiclab.org/collections/microscopes) use this as well * [Pre-flashed SD cards for Raspberry Pi cameras](https://store.publiclab.org/products/pi-builder-cards) * combine with (maybe?) [CR123a lithium battery](https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=cr123a) (and tell us how that goes!) For more on the open source Pi Builder software that made this possible, [see this blog post](/notes/icarito/10-21-2018/introducing-pi-builder) and [troubleshoot on this wiki page](/pi-builder) [notes:grid:activity:pi-camera-setup] **** ## Questions Questions can be either frequently asked questions, or "next step" challenges we're looking to solve. [questions:pi-camera] ## Activities Activities show how to use this project, step by step. [activities:pi-camera] **** ### Resources * Camera module http://m.e-cantonfair.com/#/product/552106 * Focus tricks https://raspi.tv/2013/adapt-your-raspberry-pi-camera-for-close-up-use * Very detailed documentation https://elinux.org/Rpi_Camera_Module * Datasheets and very detailed documentation on v1 camera: https://github.com/techyian/MMALSharp/wiki/OmniVision-OV5647-Camera-Module * Datasheets and very detailed documentation on v2 camera: https://github.com/techyian/MMALSharp/wiki/Sony-IMX219-Camera-Module...

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Keemna "super article " | Read more » 4 months ago
imvec " @imvec has marked @xose as a co-author. " | Read more » 5 months ago
warren "Also noting this page with good notes on blue filters: https://publiclab.org/questions/patalbright/10-20-2020/how-to-find-the-sweet-spot-for-manual..." | Read more » 9 months ago
Knowbosy "Wow this is a great content and i love it if some one wish to share or gather knowledge you can visit this site " | Read more » 11 months ago
georgegleed1 "Hi, this looks like a great project and I'd love to try it out. The 3D file links appear to be dead and produce a database error. Any chance anyone..." | Read more » about 1 year ago
shahdharam7 "@peter_mansson1 Nice work. The final goal here is to analyze the nutrient effect. Right? The normal camera (Raspberry pi camera) can also get th..." | Read more » about 1 year ago
fongvania "I did this! " | Read more » over 1 year ago
tyagiarti22 "Hi, great project! I have a question, not exactly related to the raspberry pi microscope but I'm hoping you'd be able to help me out... I'm using a..." | Read more » over 1 year ago
mcmseves "hi all! I downloaded the image successfully and get to connect to the wifi. the problem is that neither the popup nor the browser are allowing me t..." | Read more » over 1 year ago
kalam "I'm kalam working in amuse. Interesting post. " | Read more » over 1 year ago
nashdracones "Correct on the Cardboard Lens, I suspected the same after finding it very hard and expensive to get a openflexure tube lens. OpenLab has a scope t..." | Read more » over 1 year ago
achita_ea "Hi @petter_mansson1 I can not use Cloud Upload in MainNDVI Thise error missing 2 required positional arguments : 'preNDVIFilepath' and 'timestamp' ..." | Read more » over 1 year ago
utobolearning "The enclosure given in that useful camera system is the best thing in this build. Nice and informative too. utobo " | Read more » about 2 years ago
patalbright "Have you found your answer already or is there anyone else with a feedback on how to know when one found the best balance? :) pretty hard to find i..." | Read more » about 2 years ago
liz "This is super! very useful thank you " | Read more » over 2 years ago
xose "@xose awards a barnstar to wln215 for their awesome contribution! " | Read more » over 2 years ago
xose "Awesome! " | Read more » over 2 years ago
mimiss "Here's a set of four lenses from Amscope that is better priced, $80 for all four. " | Read more » over 2 years ago
mimiss "I can note that the Pis and Cameras are easily available on Amazon, and run about $25 for each part. The stages you can laser cut depending on avai..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
mimiss "Hi, I've gathered some links here that I hope are helpful, or at least can point you to the parts list you're looking for. The Basic Microscope ha..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
liz "Great to hear from you @thechan ! Please do share your experiences....maybe give that "I did this" blue button up there a click! " | Read more » over 2 years ago
thechan "I just flashed the latest image onto a Pi Zero W and the browser livestream works as advertised. That's super cool and exciting. I'll be sending it..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
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Grigory "Hi, сolleagues. Does this camera need to remove the IR unit? " | Read more » over 2 years ago