Raspberry Pi’s new 12-megapixel digicam modules present powered autofocus

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Raspberry Pi has launched the Digicam Module 3 with large enhancements, together with increased decision, infrared, HDR, autofocus, a large angle FOV and extra, the corporate announced. Not counting the interchangeable lens mannequin introduced in 2020, it is the corporate’s first new digicam module in six years.

The earlier Module 2 cameras used a Sony IMX219 8-megpixel sensor. Nevertheless, the brand new fashions carry Sony’s new 12-megapixel IMX708 chip, which isn’t solely bigger however has extra decision. That interprets to sharper pictures and likewise higher low-light sensitivity. It additionally has a 16:9 facet ratio, so HD video as much as 1080p50 may be captured utilizing all the sensor space. 

Higher nonetheless, the place the earlier module had fastened autofocus, Module 3 has built-in powered autofocus functionality. That makes them a bit thicker (as much as 12.4mm in comparison with 9mm) however extra versatile, letting you deal with objects ranging in distance from 5cm (2 inches) to infinity. 

The usual field-of-view (FoV) variants present a 66 diploma horizontal area of view, roughly equal to a 28mm full-frame lens. The broad angle model, nevertheless, bumps that to 102 levels horizontal (a 14mm full-frame lens). With a “dearer and complicated optical stack,” the wide-angle model is a bit thicker, 12.4 in comparison with 11.5mm, in accordance with Raspberry Pi. 

It additionally affords HDR functionality, taking a number of simultaneous exposures with totally different publicity occasions. That allows you to seize inside pictures, as an example, with the proper publicity on each inside and exterior particulars. And at last, the NoIR (no infrared filter) sensors, first launched with the Module 2, can successfully convert your Raspberry Pi right into a night-vision digicam. 

The launch consists of at least 4 modules, together with customary and broad angle fashions, each in seen mild and NoIR infrared variations. Each the conventional fashions begin at $25, whereas the broad angle variations value $35. They’re now obtainable at Raspberry Pi’s store

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