Raspberry Pi Camera V2 released

Raspberry Pi Camera V2 released

April 25, 2016
Author: Nikolai K.

The Raspberry Pi foundation released their camera V2 today. The original camera was released in 2013, but the OV5647 sensor was discontinued at the end of 2014 and all the cameras sold since were from large stockpiles.

This new camera has a Sony IMX219 8-megapixel sensor with a fixed focus and retails for $25 USD. The maximum still-picture resolution of this new sensor is 3280 X 2464 pixels and support a image transfer rate of 30 fps for 1080p and 60 fps for 720p. The V2 camera sensor comes as a visible-light and as a infrared-version (Pi NOIR) for the same price.

To clarify, all CMOS sensors detect infrared wavelengths called "near-infared", which are adjacent to the visible light spectrum. Regular visible light cameras come with an infrared filter on the sensor, which blocks these wavelengths thus allowing only visible light to be captured. The NoIR camera does not have this filter and is able to capture some of the infrared spectrum, which makes it useful for night photography or for scenes that are flooded with infrared light (by an infrared LED, for examples).

For more info and purchase link, take a look at the manufacturer website here.