First-Ever Series of Color Global Shutter Cameras w/ Native ISP-Tuning for Raspberry Pi

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RPi V1, V2 and HQ Cameras Are All Rolling Shutter

all raspberry pi cameras are rolling shutter

All three official Pi cameras from the foundation, the V1, V2, and HQ camera modules,  have rolling shutters. If you ever used one of them to build projects to capture fast-moving objects, you’d have more or less noticed that the image or video captured unavoidably have distortion/warping to some extension, this is called the “jello effect” and it’s caused by how a rolling shutter typically works: capturing each frame line-by-line.

how a rolling shutter camera works comparing to a global shutter camera

“Jello effect” doesn’t just make a photo/video look strange, for any RPI-based machine vision projects that involve detection or recognition on speedy targets, these artifacts of a rolling shutter camera can seriously mess up the results.

Rolling shutter’s disadvantages had put Raspberry Pi away from many high-speed imaging applications, you had no choice but to use those industrial global shutter cameras.

But we need better solutions.

Arducam’s Exclusive Monochrome Global Shutter Cameras for Pi Users

monochrome global shutter cameras for Raspberry Pi

As an embedded vision system pioneer, we completed the missing piece for the foundation. We developed a plethora of camera solutions with the most popular, inexpensive global shutter image sensors, from single-camera sets with customizable M12 lens options featured in a good deal of FoVs (field of view), to stereoscopic & quad-camera systems with frame-level synchronization,  and the best thing is, they are and will be compatible with current or upcoming Raspberry Pi models.

Single-Sensor Global Shutter Cameras

Stereo Global Shutter Cameras with Fixed/Variable Baselines

Synchronized Global Shutter Quad-Camera Bundles

Since Raspberry Pi has secretly added support for the OV9281 and OV7251 sensors, we are now taking global shutter to its next phase.

Fine-Tuned Color Global Shutter Camera Modules for RPI & Beyond

color global shutter camera solution with csi and usb 3.0 interfaces

Based on the Pivariety project, we took some colored global shutter image sensors and turned them into MIPI-CSI 2 cameras that utilize Raspberry Pi’s exceptional ISP (image signal processor) tuning to boost performance and video/image quality, which you’ll normally have with the original pi cameras. Those early ones we made are getting this upgrade too.

And a colored global shutter CMOS sensor can:

1. Expose all pixels at the same time to capture a scene with moving objects, 

2. Prevent motion blur, warping, and distortion from happening.

3. Provide higher frame rates at higher resolutions with color information.

These cameras can also work with Nvidia Jetson Nano and NX , and to expand its compatibility we also have it in USB 3.0 interface with proprietary SDKs and industrial-level features.


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