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The $25 Raspberry Pi camera module is a video hacker’s dream

Hardware hackers have been hankering for a Raspberry Pi camera, and they’re one step closer to getting it.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has posted some new photos of the final version of its hackable camera module, which was first demoed last November.

The device, which runs for an all-too-tempting $25, plugs into the existing Raspberry Pi, giving users the ability to use it in robots, custom security setups, baby monitors, and whatever other inventive things they can think of.

While the Raspberry Pi Foundation is still ironing out some of the device’s finer details, much of the spec sheet has already been finalized: The device has a 5-megapixel sensor and can record 1080p H.264 video at 30 frames per second. And while that’s not too bad for a camera of its size, the device’s designers are intent on improving it even further.

“The picture quality is ‘pretty good’ at the moment, but we’re hoping to get it to ‘bleedin’ marvelous’ before we release the hardware,” the Raspberry Pi Foundation said in a blog post.

So when can you get your eager hands on this fabulous piece of hackable optics? Not for at least another month, says the Foundation, which still has a bit of work to do before its ready to sell the module.


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