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8MP IMX219 Motorized Focus Camera Module


Arducam 8MP IMX219 Motorized Focus Camera Modules are designed for you to control the focus via software, so you can see closer and see where you want to see.

To learn more about autofocus with Raspberry Pi camera modules, we recommend you read Raspberry Pi Camera Autofocus: The Complete Guide.

Models in this Series

There are four cameras in this series. The main differences between them are the field of view and IR sensitivity. They are the same in terms of software operation.

SKUField of ViewIR Sensitivity
B019077.6°D x 65°H x 51°VNoIR
B018277.6°D x 65°H x 51°VVisible Light
B0180175°D x 145°H x 77°VVisible Light
B012254°H x 41°VVisible Light
Too short camera cable?

You may need Arducam 30cm Sensor Extension Cable which extends the small camera module with a much longer distance and fit into the space-constrained environment.

Common Specs

General Specifications

Sensor ModelIMX219
Shutter TypeRolling Shutter
Active Pixels3280 (H) × 2464 (V)
Image Sensor FormatType 1/4″
Pixel Size1.12μm×1.12μm
CSI-2 Data Output2-lane mode
Data FormatRaw Bayer 10bit
IMX219 block diagram
IMX219 Block Diagram

IMX219 Full Datasheet

Refer here:

Quick Start Guide

Hardware Setup​​​​​

Ensure your Raspberry Pi is turned off.

video tutorial
1.Locate the camera port (CSI)

For Raspberry Pi Model A & B, it’s between the HDMI and audio port of the Raspberry Pi board.

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2.Gently pull up on the edges of the connector’s plastic clip and avoid pulling it off
3.Insert the ribbon cable

Make sure the metal contacts are facing the HDMI connectors. Do not bend the flex cable, and make sure it’s firmly inserted.

4.Push the plastic clip down

Do it while holding the flex cable still, until the connector’s clip is back in place.

Software Setup​​


If you are running the latest version of Raspberry Pi OS. (January 28th,2022 or later releases, Debian version:11(Bullseye)). You need to update the config file and use libcamera apps.

  • For Raspberry Bullseye users running on Pi 4, please do the following:
sudo nano /boot/config.txt 
Find the line: camera_auto_detect=1, update it to:
Save and reboot.
  • For Bullseye users running on Pi 0 ~ 3, please also: 
Open a terminal 
Run sudo raspi-config
Navigate to Advanced Options 
Enable Glamor graphic acceleration 
Reboot your Pi

If you encounter the display issues, please also execute the following steps:

Open a terminal
Run sudo raspi-config
Navigate to Advanced Options
Navigate to GL Driver
Select GL (Full KMS)
Reboot your Pi
  • For Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3/4

The latest software only supports one camera at this time, CM4 uses CAM1 by default.

If you are running the previous system (Buster legacy and the system before it), you can refer to the following steps:


  • Start up your Raspberry Pi.
  • Go to the main menu and open the Raspberry Pi Configuration tool.Raspberry Pi Configuration Tool
  • Select the Interfaces tab and ensure that the camera is enabled:Camera enabled
  • Reboot your Raspberry Pi.

First Use

1.Clone the file
git clone
clone file imx477 b0272
2.Install Python Dependency libraries
sudo apt-get install python-opencv 
install Python Dependency libraries imx477 b0272
3.Enable the I2C0 adapter
cd RaspberryPi/Motorized_Focus_Camera
chmod +x
Enable the I2C0 adapter imx477 b0272

Then press ‘y’ to reboot.

4.Demo code


This demo supports focusing in preview mode. Single focus by keyboard up and down arrow.

cd RaspberryPi/Motorized_Focus_Camera
sudo python
Motorized Focus Camera imx477 b0272


This demo supports focusing and save the image to the local filesystem. You can save the image after each focus. Single focus by keyboard up and down arrow.

cd RaspberryPi/Motorized_Focus_Camera
sudo python


This demo supports auto focusing in preview mode.

cd RaspberryPi/Motorized_Focus_Camera
sudo python


The use of the four Raspberry Pi camera applications

FAQ about raspberry pi camera module

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