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Here’s a new addition to the Raspberry Pi camera family: the 12.3-megapixel camera with interchangeable lenses. Available at an attractive $50 price tag, the new camera board is compatible with almost all Raspberry Pi models, from the original Raspberry Pi 1 Model B onward.

Features of Raspberry Pi’s New Camera:

  • 12.3 megapixel Sony IMX477 sensor
  • 1.55μm × 1.55μm pixel size – double the pixel area of IMX219
  • Back-illuminated sensor architecture for improved sensitivity
  • Support for off-the-shelf C- and CS-mount lenses
  • Integrated back-focus adjustment ring and tripod mount

With its new features especially the improved image quality, the Raspberry Pi High Quality is expected to address the shortcomings of the old Camera Module (debuted way back in 2013).

As the Raspberry Pi Foundation explains in a blog post: “Versatile though they are, there are limitations to mobile phone-type fixed-focus modules. The sensors themselves are relatively small, which translates into a lower signal-to-noise ratio and poorer low-light performance; and of course, there is no option to replace the lens assembly with a more expensive one, or one with different optical properties. These are the shortcomings that the High Quality Camera is designed to address.”

Currently on offer is a pair of native lenses for the camera: a 6 mm CS‑mount lens at $25 and a very shiny 16 mm C-mount lens priced at $50.


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