How to Connect a Camera to the Raspberry Pi

Get ready to record!
John John (304)
7 minutes

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? Maybe a set up a thermal camera on the Raspberry Pi? 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.

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It is recommended to shut down the pi before connecting the camera. We recommend you install a power button on the Raspberry Pi to safely shut down the Pi every time.

Raspberry Pi camera port 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.

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.

Keep an eye on your prints!
Ash Ash (362)
5 minutes

OctoPrint is a platform designed for the Raspberry Pi that makes it possible to monitor and control your 3D printer. If you want to watch what your printer is up to remotely, you'll need a camera.