The Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera is the latest camera accessory from Raspberry Pi. It offers higher resolution (12 megapixels, compared to 8 megapixels), and sensitivity (approximately 50% greater area per pixel for improved low-light performance) than the existing Camera Module v2, and is designed to work with interchangeable lenses in both C- and CS-mount form factors.
If you want to use a camera in your Raspberry Pi based projects, the highest quality camera which is available right now is the Raspberry Pi Camera Module V2.
However, Raspberry Pi just released their latest version of the camera module with an impressive 12.3-megapixel high-resolution camera compared to the 8-megapixel camera on the Camera Module V2 and we are very excited to bring it to you.
This camera has a higher sensitivity than the existing Camera Module v2 with a pixel size of 1.55μm × 1.55μm which is double the pixel area of IMX219 found on the Camera Module V2 and this can result in improved low-light performance.
The Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera is designed to accept CS-mount lenses, and, with the supplied adapter, it can support C-mount lenses as well.
The High Quality camera provides an alternative to the Camera Module v2 for industrial and consumer applications, including security cameras, which require the highest levels of visual fidelity and/or integration with specialized optics.
You can refer to the table below to have an in-depth comparison between the Raspberry Pi Camera Modules.
|Camera Module v1||Camera Module v2||High Quality Camera|
|Still resolution||5 Megapixels||5 Megapixels||12.3 Megapixels|
|Sensor||OmniVision OV5647||Sony IMX219||Sony IMX477|
|Sensor resolution||2592 × 1944 pixels||3280 × 2464 pixels||4056 x 3040 pixels|
|Sensor image area||3.76 × 2.74 mm||3.68 x 2.76 mm
(4.6 mm diagonal)
|6.287mm x 4.712 mm
|Pixel size||1.4 µm × 1.4 µm||1.12 µm x 1.12 µm||1.55 µm x 1.55 µm|
|Focal length||3.60 mm +/- 0.01||3.04 mm||depends on lens|
|Horizontal field of view||53.50 +/- 0.13 degrees||62.2 degrees||depends on lens|
|Vertical field of view||41.41 +/- 0.11 degrees||48.8 degrees||depends on lens|
|Focal ratio (F-Stop)||2.9||2.0||depends on lens|
|Size||25 × 24 × 9 mm||25 x 23 x 9mm||38 x 38 x 18.4mm
|Sensor||Sony IMX477R stacked, back-illuminated sensor|
|7.9 mm sensor diagonal|
|1.55 μm × 1.55 μm pixel size|
|Back focus||Adjustable (12.5 mm–22.4 mm)|
|C-mount (C-CS adapter included)|
|IR cut filter||Integrated|
|Ribbon cable length||200 mm|
|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
All dimensions are in mm.