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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2014
Easy to setup and get going.
Will record at 720P with a great picture for long as you want.
1080P records with a great picture but I could only record at 1080P for about 20 seconds without making the Raspberry PI unresponsive.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2013
I have been using webcams so far for the RP, but this camera uses the special port that the RP has for this camera, so it is a lot faster and higher resolution. It is no SLR lens cam, the lens is tiny, so don't expect wonders, but it seems to perform as well as a normal smartphone cam.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2013
Awesome camera, really is 5MP. Difficult to get to using at first, but once you figure out how to make the pi find it, it works wonderfully. I taped mine inside the plastic case that came with my pi facing out, it fits perfectly inside the case. Plug it into the socket between the HDMI port and the Ethernet port, it fits in the other one, but it doesn't work there.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
This is a really easy to use camera for the Pi. There are a lot of instructions on the net for connecting it up and grabbing pics and videos. Rasbian is all ready to use the camera with Raspivid for the video capture and Raspistill for pics. There is a lot of confusing instructional information for conversion so you will need to do some research to go beyond just capturing a vid or pic.

I would definitely recommend this device.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2015
So far so good. Got it in yesterday and it took only about 5 min to get in its new case and up and running on my pi.
First off came packaged in a box with foam around camera,was in a static bag also. Packaging was good A+. I was careful to ground my self before removing from bag.
I also ordered the Lego camera case and I was able to install the camera into the case with out ever touching the board. ( I recommend getting a case and doing this so you don't fry it on accident
Held by the ribbon cable) easy to do.... [Side note it fit perfectly into that case] The install of the ribbon cable onto the raspberry pie also went without issue. Directions covered the install very well! Overall the installation was easy and quick.
Went in to config and turned in the camera, rebooted and was able to take a picture.
Here the code to take a test picture "raspistill -o test.jpg"
The camera should show a live image for a few sec. And then take the picture. The picture will be in the root directory and is named test.jpg

Sorry no pictures out of the case as it went from static bag directly to case
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38 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2013
Pictures speak louder than words.

See [...] to view my experience with this product.

Another satisfied customer. I heartily recommend this item.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2014
This camera is an impressive little module that attaches to the Raspberry Pi. Since there are only two available options for Pi cameras, I won't go into the fact that it works well because it was designed to work specifically with the Pi. My gripe would be the box that the module comes in folds the ribbon cable in half which I originally feared had killed my module. I later discovered an error in the code I was using to operate the camera and the culprit, but a is seems that a better solution for packing the module needs to be identified. Normally when the words ribbon cable and folding are seen in the same sentence it requires replacing the cable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2014
Good camera, easy to setup and use, with surprisingly good image quality in daylight; however, after the latest software update, I was unable to get it to take still pictures any faster than one every 2.3 sec, whatever the size of the image and without any processing, despite what the documentation seems to imply. The video is fast enough, but that's not what I wanted.

Also, it is **really** static-sensitive....

A few months later:

In his blog, Miguel Mota describes how to stream video from the Pi and it turns out that the stream is actually a sequence of jpeg pictures (about 10 per second). It is trivial to split this stream into individual pictures and to process them for motion detection. The limitation of still pictures to a very low rate clearly results from a defective software implementation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2015
This is the "official" Raspberry Pi camera, and it works pretty well for what it is-- small, relatively inexpensive, and easy to set up.

However, I'm not using it anymore. I set up OctoPrint for my 3D printer and wanted to use the timelapse feature. This camera works and image quality is ok, but there are mounting issues that you have to solve and the ok quality is just that-- only ok. With only a little bit more configuration, I was able to set up OctoPrint with a Logitech c900 series USB webcam. I was really surprised at just how easy it was to set up-- it seems that many USB cameras are basically at the plug-and-play level of compatibility with Raspbian. I just needed to point OctoPrint's streaming service to the correct device, and it worked.

Benefits of using a USB camera instead of this one:
- Image quality can be much better (especially in low light),
- Mounting is easier,
- It's in a more rugged/sealed enclosure, and
- Because USB cameras usually come with a cable attached, your Pi can be several feet away from the camera. In my case, having the camera mounted to the print bed and placing the Pi a few feet away is a much nicer solution than I could have achieved with the official RPi Camera.

Benefits of using THIS camera instead of USB:
- If you want a camera and Pi integrated into the same case, this camera is probably the best (only) choice
- Power consumption is probably lower. (USB cameras might need to be connected to the Pi through a powered hub)
- It is likely to be cheaper, depending on the USB camera that you're considering
- In my experience, this camera was SLIGHTLY easier to set up (although USB camera setup was not really difficult at all)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2014
Purchased with an outdoor camera enclosure, pi and misc parts to make an outdoor security camera. This has a fantastic picture, able to read license plates of cars driving by. Easily handles a smooth 30 fps. Both thumbs up on this one.
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