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Raspberry Pi Camera: A high-speed camera at a bargain price

Raspberry Pi Camera: A high-speed camera at a bargain price. (Image source: Raspberry Pi Foundation)
Raspberry Pi Camera: A high-speed camera at a bargain price. (Image source: Raspberry Pi Foundation)
The Raspberry Pi Camera Module is a popular accessory not only for the Raspberry Pi, but also for other single-board computers (SBCs). While the IMX219 is only capable of up to 8 MP, one person has found a way to use it to shoot in up to 1,000 FPS.
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The Raspberry Pi Camera Module is one of the ecosystem's most popular accessories, and is compatible with other SBCs too. Based on the Sony Exmor IMX219, the 8 MP sensor is marketed primarily as a 1080p camera that can shoot at 60 FPS. However, someone has discovered that the module does not get the best out of the IMX219.

Cited by Hackaday, Gaurav Singh realised that while the module operates on two MIPI lanes, the IMX219 is capable of operating at double that bandwidth. Singh circumvented this restriction by connecting the IMX219 to a Raspberry Pi via a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and USB 3.0. Singh goes into depth across two blog posts about how achieved this, but the result is that the IMX219 can now shoot at up to 1,000 FPS.

Shooting at such a high frame rate does impact resolution, though. Accordingly, the IMX219 can only reach 1,000 FPS in 640 x 80. The sensor can also record in 640 x 128 at 682 FPS or 640 x 480 at 200 FPS. Additionally, the IMX 219 can reach 3,280 x 2,464 but only at 15 FPS.

Singh has also published a YouTube video on the project, which you can watch below.

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Embedded Engineering (1) (2) via Hackaday

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Alex Alderson, 2020-03-12 (Update: 2020-03-12)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.