If you are a Raspberry Pi tinkerer, you likely already know about the $30 Camera Module V2. While that will allow you to capture photos and videos with your Raspberry Pi, it certainly is no powerhouse. The new Raspberry Pi camera, though, is something else altogether.
Officially dubbed the Raspberry Pi High-Quality Camera, this new sensor has a few tricks up its sleeve that the CMV2 simply doesnâ€™t have. The biggest new aspect of the new camera is that it has interchangeable lenses. In fact, the $50 price of the High-Quality Camera doesnâ€™t even include a lens â€” thatâ€™s just for the sensor, mount, and ribbon connector.
Resellers will be offering a couple of lens options for the new Raspberry Pi camera: a 6mm CSâ€‘mount lens for $25 and a 16mm C-mount lens for $50.
However, you donâ€™t need to buy those lenses if you donâ€™t want to. Since the camera has a relatively common mount on it, you could connect compatible lenses you already own. If you donâ€™t have any, there are likely inexpensive adapters online that will make your existing lenses compatible.
For example, check out this photo that appears to show a Â Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM attached to a Raspberry Pi with the new module:
The other new bit to the Raspberry Pi High-Quality Camera is the sensor itself. The V2 was a relatively old smartphone sensor, but this is a 12.3MP Sony IMX477 sensor with 1.55 Âµm pixels and a 7.81mm diagonal. In non-photography-expert speak, thatâ€™s a sensor that sends the V2 home to cry in shame.
With the simplicity of a Raspberry Pi computer and the versatility of a high-quality camera sensor with nearly limitless options for lenses, this new camera will likely make tinkerers pretty happy.