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Raspberry Pi’s New 12MP Camera Modules Offer Autofocus

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Raspberry Pi releases Camera Module 3 with major improvements including higher resolution, IR, HDR, autofocus, wide-angle FOV and more, company announce. The interchangeable lens model doesn’t count introduced in 2020, it’s the company’s first new camera module in six years.

Previous The unit has 2 cameras It uses an 8 megapixel Sony IMX219 sensor. However, the new models carry Sony’s new IMX708 12MP chip, which is not only bigger but has a higher resolution. This results in sharper images and better low-light sensitivity. It also has a 16:9 aspect ratio, so HD video up to 1080p50 can be captured using the full sensor area.

Even better, where the previous unit had fixed autofocus, the Unit 3 has built-in autofocus capability. This makes it slightly thicker (at 12.4mm compared to 9mm) but more versatile, allowing you to focus on objects from 5cm (2in) to infinity.

The standard field of view (FoV) variants offer a horizontal field of view of 66 degrees, which is roughly equivalent to a 28mm full-frame lens. However, the wide-angle version goes up to 102 degrees horizontally (14mm full-frame lens). With the “more expensive and more complex optical stack,” the wide-angle version is slightly thicker, 12.4 versus 11.5mm, according to the Raspberry Pi.

It also offers HDR capability, taking multiple simultaneous exposures with different exposure times. This allows you to shoot indoors, for example, with correct exposure of interior and exterior details. Finally, NoIR (No Infrared Filter) sensors, first introduced with Module 2, can effectively turn your Raspberry Pi into a night vision camera.

The launch includes no less than four units, including standard and wide-angle models, in visible light and infrared NoIR versions. The two regular models start at $25, while the wide-angle versions are $35. It is now available on Raspberry Pi Shop.

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