Connecting a camera to the Pi

Testing the camera on the Raspberry Pi

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Ok, so today I got my new nifty gadget.  A camera for the Pi!  So here’s the unboxing.

I got it in a neat paper bag like this one :

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This is what it looks like.

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I opened the casing and connected it. It’s fairly easy.  Just pull up the handles, put it in, and push the handles back down.

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Now to configure this.  In order to do this, just log on to the pi and start raspi config :

sudo raspi-config

locate the Interfacing options

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Locate the camera option

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Enable it

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and reboot.

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After the reboot sequence has finished, it’s time to test this.  There are actually 2 command line tools you can use to capture a still image and a video image.  The first one is called raspistill.  It’s got tons of options really.  You should really take a look at them.  But the easiest way to do a test is using this command :

raspistill -o me.jpg

Where the -o parameter sets the output filename.

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So here it is :

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The second one is raspivid

Here’s the syntax :

raspivid -o test.h264 -t 3000

in this command the .h264 file is the output. the -t parameter sets the number of seconds to record. It’s expressed in milliseconds, so 3000 means 3 seconds.

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Good luck testing this!

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