The new Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera has an impressive 12-megapixel resolution, compared to the 8-megapixel resolution of the Camera Module V2. The new device is much larger and includes an adjustable focus aluminum lens mount, supporting interchangeable lenses.
This upgraded camera is ideal for Pi projects that have a demand for high-quality images. Security cameras, motion-sensitive wildlife photography, even things like our Raspberry Pi Timelapse project are perfect for the new device.
Upgrading to the new camera is easy. The module is attached to a ribbon cable with the same camera port interface as the Camera Module V2. With the Raspberry Pi-powered off, just unplug the old camera and connect the new HQ one. It's compatible with all models of Raspberry Pi running the latest Raspberry Pi OS.
If you want to know more about the hardware in-depth, check out the spec table below. Thew new camera comes with plenty to get excited about.
|Spec||Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera|
|Pixel size||1.55 μm × 1.55|
|Back focus||Adjustable (12.5 mm–22.4 mm)|
|Lens standards||C-mount / CS-mount (C-CS adapter included)|
|IR cut filter||Integrated|
|Ribbon cable length||200 mm|
You can find details and spec information in this product brief for the new Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera.
The Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera released with a price tag of $54.18 USD (£49.50 EUR). This is nearly twice as much as the previous module--but with all of the upgrades that come with it, the price seems more than fair.
The biggest difference between the Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera and the Camera Module V2 is in the lens. The HQ camera is much larger and comes with nearly twice the resolution. But don't just take our word for it, look at the specs for yourself.
|Spec||Camera Module V2||Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera|
|Lens||On-Board Fixed Focus Lens||Adjustable Focus Aluminum Lens Mount|
|Resolution||8 megapixels||12 Megapixels|
|Size||25mm x 23mm x 9mm||38mm x 38mm x 11.4mm|
|OS Support||Raspberry Pi OS||Raspberry Pi OS|
|Price||$26.27 (£24)||$54.18 (£49.50)|
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