Following the launch of the Raspberry Pi3 in February, element14, the market leading manufacturer and distributor of the Raspberry Pi has announced the launch of two new upgraded cameras. The Raspberry Pi Camera v2 and Raspberry Pi NoIR Camera v2 is set to further enhance the application of the best selling credit-card sized computer. The upgraded bards are in stock and could be bought from element14.
The two new Raspberry Pi cameras have a resolution of 8MP and feature an image sensor that enables the board to capture 3280 x 2464 pixel static images. The v2 cameras have video capability of 1080p30, 720p60 and 640x480p90 video, and link to the Raspberry Pi board through a dedicated CSi interface. The NoIR camera v2 has a No InfraRed (NoIR) filter on the lens which makes it the perfect option for infrared photography and capturing images in low-light conditions.
The new v2 cameras are backward compatible with all Raspberry Pi boards. They have the same footprint and weight as the previous 5MP cameras. The Raspberry Pi Camera v2 and Raspberry Pi NoIR Camera v2 are priced at $25.
The tiny size (25mm x 35mm x9mm) of camera modules bring in versatile applications to life such as sending weather balloons into the stratosphere with all components intact. The new cameras facilitate low-light photography (NoIR Camera), drones, CCTV, weather stations, school projects and much more.
Claire Doyle, Global Head of Raspberry Pi at element14 commented: “The camera modules have been two of our most popular accessories and the upgraded versions will let users capture higher quality images in both day and low-light settings. Whether it’s for CCTV, home automation, weather stations, drones or even sending into space, we’re looking forward to seeing the photographs and videos from the next generation of Raspberry Pi cameras.”
To showcase the sturdiness and capability of the new v2 cameras; element14 is launching a social media ‘top 5 photos & videos’ competition. The contest focuses on the best photo or video form the users and find their winning spot. For more details search @element14 on Twitter.
element14 offers a full range of accessories for the Raspberry Pi, including exclusive boards and add-on modules to enable new and innovative projects.