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How To Use Raspberry Pi Camera Module – Setup Tutorial for Beginners

1. Introduction

If you’re looking to add a camera to your Raspberry Pi projects, the Pi Camera Module is the quickest and easiest way to do it. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install and use the Pi Camera Module. If you are new to the Raspberry Pi camera module, this tutorial will show you how to set it up and how to use it. You will need a Raspberry Pi, a camera module, and a MicroSD card.

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2. What you will need

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Raspberry Pi Camera Module
  • A power supply

3. What is a Raspberry Pi Camera Module?

A Raspberry Pi Camera Module is a digital camera designed to work with the Raspberry Pi, a tiny and affordable computer that is popular with hobbyists and educators. It is an add-on module that attaches to a Raspberry Pi computer, allowing it to capture video and still photographs.

The Camera Module allows you to take high-quality still photos and videos. It is easy to use and set up, and it is a great way to get started with the Raspberry Pi.

The upgraded Raspberry Pi Camera board v2 features: 
  • Improved Resolution
    • 8-megapixel native resolution high-quality Sony IMX219 image sensor
    • Cameras are capable of 3280 x 2464 pixel static images
    • Remaining High Quality
    • Capture video at 1080p30, 720p60 and 640x480p90 resolutions
    • All software is supported within the latest version of the Raspbian Operating System
    • 1.12 µm X 1.12 µm pixel with OmniBSI technology for high performance (high sensitivity, low crosstalk, low noise)
    • Optical size of 1/4″

4. Install Raspbian Os On Raspberry Pi

The first thing you need to do is to format the microSD card. Next, you need to install the Raspbian operating system on the microSD card.

Once that is done, you can insert the microSD card into the Raspberry Pi. Then, you need to connect the camera module to the Raspberry Pi. Finally, you need to enable the camera module in the Raspbian operating system.

5. Turning on the Camera on the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi camera uses the CSI ( Camera Serial Interface ) connector on the board itself, without taking up any of the existing USB ports. On both the Raspberry Pi 2 / B+ and the Raspberry Pi model B, the connection is made through the connector next to the ethernet (network) port.

When attaching the camera, note that the blue side of the cable should face the ethernet port (or USB port) side.

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6. How to Use a Raspberry Pi Camera Module

The Raspberry Pi Camera Module is a great add-on for the popular single-board computer. It allows you to take high-definition photos and videos, and even create time-lapse videos. In this article, we’ll show you how to use the Camera Module with the Raspberry Pi.

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The first thing you’ll need to do is install the Camera Module. It’s easy to do, and you can find instructions here. Once the Camera Module is installed, you’ll need to enable it in the Raspberry Pi configuration tool.

  • 1) Enter the Raspbian system terminal and run the following statement to obtain the system update:
  • 2) Configure the camera using raspi-config. implement:

sudo raspi-config The Raspberry Pi configuration screen is a tool that allows you to configure the Raspberry Pi to suit your needs. This screen is the same one we used to configure the operating system for the very first time.

Then, select the Interfacing Options entry and press Enter. Next, select the Camera entry and press Enter. Finally, select the Enable option and press Enter. and Restart the system:

select the Camera entry and press Enter. Finally, select the Enable option and press Enter. and Restart the system:

Now that the Camera Module is enabled, you can test it out by taking a photo. To do this, run the following command:

7. How to use the Raspberry Pi camera with photos and videos

Run the following command:

To take pictures and videos with the camera, the raspistill and raspivid commands are used. The raspistill command has the following format:

This will take a photo and save it to the test.jpg file in the current directory.

You can view the photo by opening it in an image viewer. Now let’s try taking a video.

Also use the -k option, which waits for the user to press ENTER for the photo to be stored

Please execute the following command on the terminal to take a video:

Where -t 10000 means to record for 10 seconds, which can be adjusted according to your own needs.

This will take a 10-second video and save it for the test.h264 file in the current directory. You can view the video by playing it on a video player.

8. Here is some command

To take photos and videos with the camera

This command waits 5 seconds (default time), and generates a PNG image file in the current folder.

Also use the -k option , which waits for the user to press ENTER for the photo to be stored:

To set the size of the photo, use the parameters -we -h,  in the size of 1280×1024 pixels:

Another impressive option for raspistill is image effects with the -ifx parameter . for example, we use the negative effect :

In this one, the sketch effect :

We can also take black and white (grayscale?) photos with the -colfx parameter :

To record videos, use the raspivid command . There is no audio recording feature by the camera. Only the image is stored.

The above order generates a 10-second long video file, using the -t parameter, similar to the one used in raspistill.

9. Viewing Images and Videos on the Raspberry Pi

To view the image files you have stored, you can use Raspbian’s Image Viewer, or a command line option such as fbi, which can be installed by typing the command:

To display the image on the screen, use the following syntax:

To play the video, use omxplayer by typing:

Type in LX Terminal raspistill and raspivid , without extra parameters, and a list of all available options for these two commands is shown.

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