If you are looking for a way to position your Raspberry Pi camera further away from the Raspberry Pi main mini PC, Petit Studio has created a new extension system that allows you to set the camera up to 5 meters away.
The Raspberry Pi camera extension cable kit use a standard HDMI cable between the Raspberry Pi and its camera module to allow you to easily extend the distance between mainboard and camera.
“The design I made put the right cable at the right place to transform the flat ribbon into a round cable. There are four pins left since HDMI has 19 pins, these may become handy to use a few sensors close to the camera.
The biggest advantages are obviously the range increase, the possibility to use widely available cables, and to use a round and sturdy HDMI cable instead of a flat ribbon. Note that this is just an extension between the camera and the Raspberry Pi. Four additional pins are available, this may become handy to use a few sensors with low current requirement along with your camera.
I have tested successfully simple 5 meter HDMI cables, cheap or expensive cables work the same. The video signal should not show any degradation until a certain distance (yet to be found). Passed the limit the video signal will be lost entirely.”
The Raspberry Pi camera extension cable kit is available to purchase over on Tindie priced at $14.95 and includes a full set of connector to extend the camera distance.