It was just over a month ago that the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the launch of their new higher specification Raspberry Pi cameras in the form of the Raspberry Pi Noir Camera 2.1 and the Raspberry Pi PiCam Camera 2.1 both of which are now available to purchase from a number of online retailers such as RS components and Element 14 websites priced at around £22.
if you’d like to see the differences between the old version and the new Raspberry Pi Noir Camera 2.1 check out the video below which is being created by the official Raspberry Pi Foundation website and follows on from the testing which was also carried out by Alex over at RasPi.tv
The Raspberry Pi NoIR Camera Module v2 is a high quality 8 megapixel Sony IMX219 image sensor custom designed add-on board for Raspberry Pi, featuring a fixed focus lens. It’s capable of 3280 x 2464 pixel static images, and also supports 1080p30, 720p60 and 640x480p60/90 video. It attaches to Pi by way of one of the small sockets on the board upper surface and uses the dedicated CSI interface, designed especially for interfacing to cameras.
The board itself is tiny, at around 25x23x9mm. It also weighs just over 3g, making it perfect for mobile or other applications where size and weight are important. It connects to Raspberry Pi by way of a short ribbon cable. The high quality Sony sensor itself has a native resolution of 8 megapixel, and has a fixed focus lens on-board. In terms of still images, the camera is capable of 3280 x 2464 pixel static images, and also supports 1080p30, 720p60 and 640x480p90 video. The NoIR Camera has No InfraRed (NoIR) filter on the lens
For more information on the new Raspberry Pi Noir Camera 2.1 jump over to the official Raspberry Pi Foundation website for details and full specifications via the link below. If you enjoy building Pi projects you might be interested in our comprehensive list of Raspberry Pi displays, HATS and small screens.