The Raspberry Pi Foundation has revealed the upcoming camera module designed to further bolster the tiny computer’s capabilities. Photos of the final hardware have surfaced on the company’s website with the promise that it’ll be available in the near future for $25.
The module will connect directly to Rasperberry Pi boards with a single ribbon cable, opening up a whole new world of possibilities for photography enthusiasts. We are hearing from SlashGear that the camera is an OV5647 with a 5-megapixel image sensor capable of recording HD-quality video.
Liz from Raspberry Pi points out in a blog post that they are still working on tuning the camera. The picture quality is described as “pretty good” right now but of course they are hoping to make it better before the hardware is released. There’s also some work to do on the drivers but everything else is looking good, we’re told.
The camera module will retail for the same price as the just-released Model A Raspberry Pi. The Model A is essentially a stripped down version of the Model B that uses just 30 percent of the power as the Model B and doesn’t include an Ethernet jack. It’s currently only available in Europe but the foundation says it’ll be sold in other parts of the world in the near future.
The foundation didn’t pin a solid release date but it will probably be ready for retail in a month or so.