10 Best Cameras For Raspberry Pi


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The camera module of Raspberry Pi is used to make high definition videos and can capture photographs as well. Highly popular in home security appliances and wildlife camera traps, we present you the 10 best cameras that you can interface with your Raspberry Pi.

10. Waveshare Raspberry Pi Camera Module OV5647 ($30.99)

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This is a Raspberry Pi night vision camera (5 Megapixels). Compatible with all the models of Raspberry Pi, it supports upto 2 infrared LEDs as well.

Customer Reviews:

It doesn’t come with instructions so you have to poke around a bit to make it work (Refer user reviews; help ALOT). The LEDs might drain out the power so you might want to remove one LED. Pictures are decently clear for a 5MP. You can also add in heat sinks so it does not get too hot. The pictures during night are decent too but not through window.

Tip: Take plastic off the camera lens to improve quality.

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9. Raspberry Pi NoIR Camera Module V2 ($25.39)

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This is a Raspberry Pi camera module with fixed focus lens. The camera is 8MP and the video quality amounts to 1080P.

Customer Reviews:

It has a greater picture quality than the 5MP version(Obviously).

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8. Arducam 1/4 Inch 5 Megapixels Sensor Spy Camera Module ($32.99)

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This is a 5MP camera module compatible with  Raspberry Pi Model A or B, B+, model 2, Raspberry Pi 3. The resolution of still pictures is 2592 x 1944 and maximum video resolution is 1080p.

This spy camera module comes with a cable which can be plugged in your Pi.

Customer Reviews:

It doesn’t come with something that can attach it to the walls or holes etc. It comes with IR filter hence cannot be used with IR LEDs. The cable is thin and works as fine as the thicker one.

Overall a good camera.

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7. Huhushop(TM) Camera Module Board ($18.99)

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This module is compatible with all the models of Raspberry Pi. It is a 5MP camera and the video resolution amounts to 1080p, 720p. It has a 15 pin MIPI camera serial interface.

Customer Reviews:

Works great with Raspberry Pi. Great for security camera projects.

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6. Arducam 5 Megapixel OV5647 Sensor Camera Module ($21.99)

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High definition video camera for Raspberry Pi Model A or B, B+, model 2, Raspberry Pi 3. The resolution of still picture is pretty decent: 2592 x 1944. It also has an IR filter. Maximum resolution for video is 1080p.

Customer Reviews:

The camera works out of box with no additional configuration. The lens is great with lens holder, with an adjustable focus. However it will not fit in cases designed for original Raspberry Pi camera module as board is a little larger.

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5. Raspberry Pi Camera Module V2 ($25.91)

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Raspberry Pi camera module with fixed focus lens. 8MP and 1080p resolution of the video.

Customer Reviews:

10 out of 20 people rated it 5 stars. But there are few things that need to be tinkered. Once its set you are set.

“It’s not a bad camera once you get it working the way you want. You just have to invest some time and effort into figuring it out. It’d be nice if it worked as expected out of the box” – Amazon

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4. Arducam 5 Megapixels 1080p Sensor OV5647 Mini Camera ($14.99)

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High definition video camera for  Raspberry Pi Model A or B, B+, model 2, Raspberry Pi 3. 5MP with integral filter

Customer Reviews:

Works on and off hence you need to go about the documentation to work it according to what you need. Works great for the price.

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3. Raspberry Pi 5MP 1080P Camera NoIR ($23.99)

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This camera module has been specifically designed as an add-on for Raspberry Pi that does not have an IR filter. 5MP camera best for night vision.Not great for everyday photography and video shooting.

Customer Reviews:

Decent photos and videos though the video will not be of quality of television(videos take a lot of processing power of the Pi). What gives this module the night vision is the infrared light you supply. Good build quality.

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2. Pixy (CMUcam5) Smart Vision Sensor ($69.00)

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Communicates via several interfaces like SPI, I2C, UART, USB or analog/digital output. This camera is great for teaching robots specific objects.

Customer Reviews:

All detection is based off color hence it has little difficulty recognizing shades of color. Might perform poorly under not very constant light. Works great for objects close. Updates tracked objects very quickly.

Great for embedded programming.

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1. Raspberry PI 5MP Camera Board Module ($16.00)

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5MP and supports the latest revision of Raspberry Pi.

Customer Reviews:

Compact, fair price and easy to setup. Image quality in low light is fair. Camera and Pi can be integrated in the same case. Power consumption is lower. Packaging was good great simple time lapse videos.

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Which camera are you getting and why? We would love to know. Please give us your feedback in the comments section.

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