New Raspberry Pi High-Quality Camera Module and Mount Lens Just Launched

Raspberry Pi High-Quality Camera, without a lens attached

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation just introduced their latest Raspberry Pi High-Quality Camera and two new mount lenses for the camera. The camera module is available at $50 and also offers a higher resolution at 12 megapixels, compared to the previous version with 8 megapixels. The sensitivity has been upgraded to around 50% greater area per pixel than Camera Module V2.

Also, the new Raspberry Pi High-Quality Camera is designed to work with interchangeable lenses in both C- and CS-mount form factors.

Raspberry Pi High-Quality Camera is built with Sony IMX477 sensor and the package will come with:

  • An FPC cable
  • A milled aluminum lens mount with integrated tripod mount
  • Focus adjustment ring
  • A C-mount to CS-mount adapter

The new High-Quality Camera enables more application compared to the Camera Module V2, especially for industrial and consumer fields such as when you want to build a security camera which requires the highest levels of visual fidelity.

The new Raspberry Pi High-Quality Camera is compatible with all models of Raspberry Pi computer released by The Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Specification of Raspberry Pi High-Quality Camera

Sensor: Sony IMX477R stacked, back-illuminated sensor 12.3 megapixels
7.9 mm sensor diagonal
1.55 μm × 1.55 μm pixel size 
Output:RAW12/10/8, COMP8 
Back focus:  Adjustable (12.5 mm–22.4 mm) 
Lens standards:  CS-mount
C-mount (C-CS adapter included) 
IR cut filter: Integrated2 
Ribbon cable length:  200 mm 
Tripod mount:  1/4”-20 
Compliance:  FCC 47 CFR Part 15, Subpart B, Class B Digital Device 
Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC) 2014/30/EU 
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive 2011/65/EU 
Production lifetime:  The Raspberry Pi High-Quality Camera will remain in production until at least January 2026 

The Raspberry Pi Foundation also brings two new lenses:

Lens selection from Raspberry Pi Foundation
6 mm CS-mount lens

This is a low-cost 6 mm lens compatible with the High-Quality Camera and is also suitable for basic photography such as macro photography because it can focus objects at very short distances.

16 mm C-mount lens

The 16 mm lens provides a higher quality image than the 6 mm lens, equipped with a narrow-angle of view which is better for viewing distant objects.

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April 2020