20 Best Raspberry Pi Camera Projects to Help You Get Started!

Update: New Raspberry Pi High-Quality Camera Module and Mount Lens Just Launched. Check out this new camera with a higher resolution at 12 megapixels for your Raspberry Pi 4 projects!

About Raspberry Pi Camera Module V2

The Raspberry Pi Camera Module V2 is the all-new official camera board released by Raspberry Pi Foundation. It boasts an 8 megapixel Sony IMX219 image sensor that’s capable of outputting up to 3280×2464 pixel static images, and 1080p30, 720pp60, and 640x480p video!

You may use this rpi camera module with most SBCs or Dev boards like Raspberry Pi 4 Computer Model B, Raspberry Pi Zero, and NVIDIA Jetson Nano, due to its wide compatibility

Without further ado, here are 20 best Raspberry Pi Camera projects to help you get started!


1) Learn the Raspberry Pi Camera with this Project Tutorial

Kicking our list of is this quick project tutorial for you lot that’s using the Raspberry Pi Camera Module for the first time! If you’re wondering how to use the Pi Camera, this essential project will help you get started in using and connecting the camera module to the latest Raspberry Pi 4 Model B board!

It covers the following:

  • How to control the pi camera using Python
  • How to use raspivid, raspistill and raspiyuv utilities
  • How to use start_preview() and stop_preview() to display the image from the camera
  • How to take photos using the capture() command
  • How to record video using start_recording() and stop_recording()
  • How to view the video via omxplayer
  • How to change the brightness, contrast, and resolution in photos
  • How to apply visual effects to video

What do you need?

Interested to find out more? You can find the full tutorial by Nurgaliyev Shakhizat at Seeed Project Hub!

2) Build a smart doorbell with PI camera and Alexa

Hate the typical doorbell that only works when you’re at home and don’t want to spend much on an expensive smart door system? With this project, you can build one for yourself using Pi Camera and Alexa voice service!

This Smart Doorbell works where when someone knocks on your door, Alexa will ask who is it and the camera will take a picture, checking if it matches any friends on the database.

  • Alexa will then record the response, saying “please leave a message as I am not available right now” if the status is set to out. If the status has been set to in, it’ll say “notifying the owner and please wait”.

Seems cool? Here’s what you need:

Hardware components:

Software apps and online services:

Interested to find out more? You can find the full tutorial by Parth Singh at Seeed Project Hub!

3) Build a Video Streaming Camera

We all know there are tons of streaming cameras on the market that you attach to your PC to start streaming, however, what if you need something more portable that’s easy to build? With this project, you can use the cheap Raspberry Pi Zero alongside the camera module to do so!

What do you need?

Hardware Components:

Software apps and online services

Interested to find out more? You can find the full tutorial by Narender Singh on Hackster.io!

4) Build a Raspberry Pi Webcam

The previous project showcased a portable video streaming camera but do you just want a webcam used to directly stream live videos on your Google Chrome browser? If so, you can try out this project instead! Utilizing the RemoteMe program and little hardware components, this project is easy and fast to build.

What do you need?

Hardware components:

Software Apps and Online Services:

Interested to find out more? You can check out the full tutorial by Maciej on Hackster.io!

5) Build a Talking Toaster

We all faced incidents where toasters are just jamming, not responding when we insert our bread in or where it’s just to the point of breaking. So you may ask what can you do with a broken toaster? Well, through this project, you start having conversations with a toaster by turning it to a talking toaster!

What do you need?

Hardware components:

Software apps and online services:

Hand tools and fabrication machines:

  • Drill / Driver, Cordless
  • Soldering Iron (Generic)
  • Hot Glue Gun (Generic)
  • Multitool, Screwdriver

Interested to find out more? You can check out the full tutorial by 8bitsandabyte on Hackster.io!

6) Build a DIY Talking Monster

We’ve showcased a DIY toaster in the previous project but here’s another iteration of it, with this time being a “Monster” that repeats whatever the internet says instead of a talking toaster that has a conversation with you!

What do you need?

Hardware components needed:

Software apps and online services:

Hand tools and fabrication machines:

  • 3D Printer (Generic)
  • Soldering Iron (Generic)

Interested to find out more? You can check out 8bitsandabyte again on Hackster.io!

7) Build an affordable crowd size estimator

Work in retail, security, or the industrial industry and require real-time crowd counting to gather useful data? With this project, you can fulfill that by building an affordable crowd size estimater without installing expensive infrastructure!

  • This project showcases the versatility of the Raspberry Pi Camera Module as well, with Avnet Ultra96 being the main development board used

What do you need?

Hardware Components:

Software Apps and Online Services:

  • Ubidots
  • Jupyter Notebook

Interested to find out more? You can check out the full tutorial by Tad McAllister on Hackster.io!

8) Build a Raspberry Pi Outdoor Security Camera

We’ve covered the smart doorbell with Alexa earlier but do you want something more discrete that acts as a standard outdoor security camera? With this project, we’ll turn it up a notch by turning it into a smart camera that sends you an email with an image of any objects it detects!

What do you need?

Hardware components:

Hand tools and fabrication machines:

  • Screwdriver
  • Electric Hand Drill
  • Electric Jigsaw
  • Glue

Interested to find out more? You can check out the full tutorial by Hacker Shack on Hackster.io!

9) Build a Smart Irrigation system for your Plants

Into gardening or plantation but unsure the condition of your crops which affect when and how much water you should be watering? With this project, you’ll be able to monitor your plants real-time and receive feedback about its condition through a smart system that does image searching and web scraping!

What do you need?

Hardware Components:

Software apps and online services:

Hand tools and fabrication machines:

  • Soldering iron (generic)
  • 3D printer (generic)

Interested to find out more? You can check out the full tutorial by “Team droop there it is” on hackster.io!

10) Build A Face Recognization Smart Lock

Sick and tired of having to slot in a key, turning it to open the door or even placing your finger on a fingerprint scanner but didn’t upgrade to a face recognition lock due to its high cost? Fear not, with this project, you can build an affordable face recognition smart lock!

  • Have you never tried face recognition? Well with face recognition being such a widely adopted smart lock system, this project is a good way to get started!

What do you need?

Hardware Components:

Software apps and online services:

Interested in finding out more? You can check out the full tutorial by Seeed on Hackster.io!

11) Smart Glass with Pi Camera for the Blind

Want to build something meaningful for the blind or just want to experience smart glasses? With this award-winning project, you’ll be able to experience what’s happening in front of you by combining a Raspberry Pi and Camera module!

What do you need?

Hardware Components:

Software apps and online services:

Hand tools and fabrication machines:

  • Soldering iron (generic)

Interested to find out more? You can check out the full tutorial by Team MakerGram on Hackster.io!

12) Build a Photo Booth Powered by Pi and Pi Camera

Organizing a party and don’t want to pay for expensive photographers to set up their photo booth? Or worry about no one visiting the booth to take pictures? Well, with this project, you can save that extra cost by building this simple handmade booth that allows people to take pictures by themselves!

What do you need?

Hardware Components:

Software apps and online services:

  • Python

Interested to find out more? You can check out the full tutorial by ericBcreator on Hackster.io!

13) Build a Coffee Bean Guardian

Are you a coffee lover or need a fresh cup of coffee to kickstart the day? If the answer’s yes, chances are you’ve experienced that one fateful morning where your coffee beans ran out, spoiling the way to start your day. Hence, this project can help you monitor your coffee bean supply and auto-refill it!

What do you need?

Hardware components:

Software Apps and Online Services:

Interested to find out more? You can check out the full tutorial by Terren Peterson on Hackster.io!

14) Booksound Machine

You may be wondering what’s a booksound machine, well have you ever flip through a book and find the music it produces oddly satisfying? Well instead of that, this project uses the pages of your book as a source to turn it into electronic music!

Sounds interesting? Here’s what you need:

Hardware Components:

Software apps and online services:

  • Custom Python Code
  • Autodesk Fusion 360
  • Google Tesseract OCR

Hand tools and fabrication machines:

  • Custom 3D printed case

Interested to find out more? You can check out the full tutorial by Roni Bandini on Seeed Project Hub!

15) Pi Camera in a Kodak

Own an old Kodak camera that isn’t functioning? Well, perhaps its time to upcycle it to house a Raspberry Pi Zero and Pi Camera, bringing new a new perspective to your photography! With this project, you can refresh your retro camera shooting endeavors again!

  • This project uses a Kodak Brownie Flash III Camera but it should work with other iterations

What do you need?

Hardware Components:

  • Raspberry Pi Zero W & 32GB SD card – flashed with Raspbian Lite
  • Small LiPo battery
  • Pimoroni Zero LiPo battery shim
  • RTC DS3231 module
  • Single NeoPixel for indicating status (ready to take photo/taking photo)
  • Raspberry Pi Camera Module V2
  • Momentary push button for the shutter
  • Tilt switch for setting EXIF orientation data automatically

Software apps and online services:

  • Custom Python Code

Interested to find out more? You can check out the full tutorial by alexellis on Github!

16) Parent detector with PI camera, PIR sensor

Suspect that your parents tend to sneak into your room when you’re out or touches your belongings without your permission? With this project, you can collate evidence through the Pi camera taking a photo whenever it detects movement!

What do you need?

Hardware components:

Software apps and online services:

  • Python

Interested to find out more? You can check out the full tutorial by Raspberry Pi Org!

17) Google Vision Camera with Pi

Interested in a super-duper smart pimped out Camera that tells you what is the content of a picture that you took? This project utilizes a Google cloud vision that enables you to take a picture and then the camera will analyze it for you, reading it out! E.g. “The picture contains a cat, a tree, and a bike”

Seems cool? Here’s what you need:

Hardware components:

Software apps and online services:

Interested to find out more? You can check out the full tutorial by TeCoEd on Hackster.io!

18) Time-Lapse Photography with RPI and Pi Camera

Of course, when it comes to cameras and cool video shots, everyone will speak of timelapse, hyper-lapse, and more. These cool shots were only made possible with DSLR or higher-end smartphones. However, nowadays, we can start capturing it through Raspberry pi and its pi camera module!

What do you need?

Hardware Components:

Software apps and online services:

  • Custom Python Code
  • Raspbian OS

Interested to find out more? You can check out the full tutorial by VIVEK GR on Instructables!

19) Automated tweeting bear with RPI and Pi Camera

Are you an avid user of Twitter and want an easier process of posting tweets? With this project, you can post pictures to your Twitter feed at just a push of a button! Made easy with room for DIY, you can use other toys or objects instead of the one illustrated above.

What do you need?

Hardware Components:

Software apps and online services:

  • Python 3
  • gpiozero Python module (preinstalled on Raspbian)
  • picamera Python module (preinstalled on Raspbian)
  • tweepy Python module

Interested to find out more? You can check out the full tutorial by Raspberry Pi Org!

20) Magic Mirror with RPi and Pi Camera

Want to get rid of all the boring mirrors that only showcase your reflection? Well, what a better way to do so with the Magic Mirror! Discovered in 2014, this mirror displays weather, time, day headlines while you’re getting ready for the day.

What do you need?

Hardware components:

Software apps and online services:

  • Microsoft Azure

Hand tools and fabrication machines:

  • Laser Cutter (Generic)
  • 3D printer (generic)

Interested to find out more? You can check out the full tutorial by Fedor Bobylev on hackster.io!

  • For other similar magic mirror project, you can click here!

Summary

These are just some Raspberry Pi Camera projects for you to get your brain juices flowing! But today we’ve showcased how this camera module is much more than just photo-taking and recording video right?

So what are you waiting for? Get started on your first project with the Raspberry Pi Camera Module V2!

If you’re looking for more, here at Seeed we do carry other iterations of the Raspberry Pi Camera Modules, including:

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