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Raspberry Pi camera module is nearly ready for release

The Raspberry Pi camera module is almost ready for release with a sneak peak unit’s final stage of development tease via a post on the official Raspberry Pi Foundation blog.

Although the pictured Raspberry Pi camera board is not quite ready for release, it is the final hardware, with the developers working on the fine tuning to prepare the camera module for launch.

“This is the final hardware,” Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Liz Upton stated. “We’ve been working on the tuning (Gert tells me that picture quality is “pretty good” at the moment, but we’re hoping to get it “bleedin’ marvellous” before we release the hardware).”

The Raspberry Pi Foundation spokesperson added: “There is some work to do on the drivers, but everything’s looking pretty peachy for the moment.”

With no confirmed release date, Raspberry Pi fans will have to wait “at least a month” before they can get their hands on the Raspberry Pi camera board according to the micro-computer’s official blog.  

First demoed in November on the Raspberry Pi blog, the Raspberry Pi camera module will have a 5-megapixel image sensor capable of recording 1080p Full HD video at 30fps, perfect for Raspberry Pi projects such as robots, home security systems, baby monitors and neighbourhood watch missions.

Expected to cost around the $25 (£16) mark, the Raspberry Pi camera module will plug straight into the credit-card sized mini-computer.

The sneak peak comes just two days after the UK release of the Raspberry Pi Model A. The cheaper stripped-down version of the single-board computer is missing the Ethernet port of the Raspberry Pi Model B, one of its USB ports and less RAM but fulfils the Foundation’s goal of offering a computer for $25.

The Model A consumes less power than the Model B option making it perfect for solar and battery powered projects.

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