Raspberry Pi Camera

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Enable Camera

On Raspberry Pi OS-Desktop:

  • access the start menu
  • Preferences->Raspberry Pi Configuration

On the command line:

  • sudo raspi-config
  • enable/disable the camera in interface options

Verify Camera

vcgencmd allows us to query the VideoCore GPU - we can use this to verify our camera has been detected:

vcgencmd get_camera # supported=1 detected=1 when successful

If this is unsuccessful, the PiCam cable may not be connected properly.

Take a Photo

raspistill -o image.jpg

Run raspistill --help to see all of the additional options and filtering available.

Another tool raspiyuv generates uncompressed images which can be useful for computer vision.

Take a Video

raspivid -o vid.h264 -t 10000

The -t flag sets how long to record in milliseconds

  • default is 5000 milliseconds
  • set to 0 to record until cancelled

Python pycamera Library

Install the pycamera library on Raspberry Pi OS:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install python3-pycamera

Capturing an Image

from picamera import PiCamera

camera = PiCamera()
camera.capture('image.jpg')

Recording a Video

from picamera import PiCamera

camera = PiCamera()
camera.start_recording('video.h264')
camera.wait_recording(5)
camera.stop_recording()

See the Basic Recipies Documentation for streaming etc.