The Pi NoIR is a Raspberry Pi camera module with no Infrared filter for night time and low light photography using an Infrared light. Useful for wildlife research, science projects, night time security or making artistic photo’s.
The Raspberry Pi camera module has been used for many things such as a security camera, for time lapse photography and even sent high up into the atmosphere on a weather balloon.
With the wide range of project Raspberry Pi’s are being used for, some users were finding that the camera was no good when it was being used in low light with an Infrared light source. Unfortunately for them the Raspberry Pi camera module has a Infrared filter built in which makes it unusable for their project. In response we come up with a camera module just for these type of projects called the Pi NoIR camera. It is the same as the standard camera module but without an IR filter.
Without the Infrared filter the camera can be used for night time photography, night time security or for any project where the scene will be lit by an IR light. Without a filter the camera sensor can see short wavelength IR light around 800nm which is the IR wavelengths not generated with heat but just beyond the visible red light in the spectrum.
The camera has the same specifications as the standard camera module but has a black circuit board so it can be told apart from the standard green camera board.
In order to meet the increasing need of Raspberry Pi compatible camera modules. The ArduCAM team now released a add-on camera module for Raspberry Pi which is fully compatible with official one. It attaches to Raspberry Pi by way of one of the two small sockets on the board upper surface. This interface uses the dedicated CSI interface, which was designed especially for interfacing to cameras. The CSI bus is capable of extremely high data rates, and it exclusively carries pixel data. The camera is supported in the latest version of Raspbian, Raspberry Pi’s preferred operating system
The board itself is tiny, at around 36mm x 36mm. The highlight of our module is that the Lens is replaceable compared to official one, making it perfect for mobile or other applications where size and image quality are important. It connects to Raspberry Pi by way of a short ribbon cable. The camera is connected to the BCM2835 processor on the Pi via the CSI bus, a higher bandwidth link which carries pixel data from the camera back to the processor. This bus travels along the ribbon cable that attaches the camera board to the Pi.
The sensor itself has a native resolution of 5 megapixel, and has a fixed focus lens onboard. In terms of still images, the camera is capable of 2592 x 1944 pixel static images, and also supports 1080p30, 720p60 and 640x480p60/90 video.
- High-Definition video camera for Raspberry Pi Model A or B
- Omnivision 5647 sensor in a fixed-focus module with replaceable Lens
- Lens holder: M12x0.5 or CS Mount
- 5MPixel sensor
- Integral IR filter
- Still picture resolution: 2592 x 1944
- Max video resolution: 1080p
- Max frame rate: 30fps
- Size: 36 x 36 mm
- Connection by flat ribbon cable to 15-pin MIPI Camera Serial Interface (CSI) connector S5 on Raspberry Pi computer board
- active array size: 2592 x 1944
- power supply:
core: 1.5VDC + 5% (internal regulator)
analog: 2.6 ~ 3.0V
I/O: 1.7 ~ 3.0V
- output formats :
(8-bit): YUV(422/420) / YCbCr422,
8-bit compression data,
8/10-bit raw RGB data
- lens size: 1/4″
- input clock frequency: 6 ~ 27 MHz
- shutter: rolling shutter
- maximum image transfer rate:
5 megapixel (2592×1944): 15 fps (and any size scaling down from 5 megapixel)
1080p (1920×1080): 30 fps
720p (1280×720): 60 fps
VGA (640×480): 60 fps
QVGA (320×240): 120 fps
- scan mode: progressive
- pixel size: 1.4 µm x 1.4 µm
- image area: 3673.6 µm x 2738.4 µm
Sample picture captured by OV5642 with 2592×1944 QSXGA full resolution
This image is captured at night in the room light with the full resolution (2592×1944).
- Sample picture captured by OV5642 with 1080P(1920×1080) video mode
This image is captured in the room light with the 1080P video output (1920×1080).
These demo pictures are captured from MT9D111(SOC2010) camera module with USB our develop board, it is a illustration for the image quality of the sensor. Note that they are captured under the low light environment.
ArduCAM now is ready, let’s see what it is.
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