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How to connect a camera to the Raspberry Pi

Want to take a picture every time your dog drinks from his or her dog bowl? Or set up a DIY Raspberry Pi security camera? How about creating a time-lapse log of a new plant growing using your Raspberry Pi?

The opportunities for Pi photography are limited only by your imagination! This guide will show you how to connect a camera to the Raspberry Pi, quickly and easily.

1

It is recommended to shut down the pi before connecting the camera.

2

Locate the camera port and lift the tabs

The camera comes with a flex cable that must be inserted into the camera port. In order to do so, you must first lift up on the tabs.

3

Insert the flex cable and lock the tabs in place

Using the image as a guide, insert the flex cable into the port so that it's fully seated. Then push the tabs back down, locking the cable in place.

4

Learn how to use the picamera Python module to take pictures with your Pi.