Raspberry Pi reveals $25 imaging module with 5mp fixed focus Omnivision sensor (and 1080p video)
Raspberries are good for you. Oops, that was for the 1001 Noisy Nutritionists blog. Back on topic! Raspberries are good for you if you are looking for affordable and modifiable and hackable computer boards, and of photography interest, Raspberry Pi announced a $25 camera board!
So what does your $25 get you? JamesH of Raspberry Pi published some details on the imaging module at the Raspberry Pi forums: a 5mp fixed focus sensor (2592x1944 stills) that can also do 1080p30, 720p60 and VGA video. Both stills and 1080p video are working but they are not finalized yet. Size of the PCB is around 25x20x9mm. The imaging sensor is the Omnivision OV5647 [via Tech Crunch]
There is no release date for these yet. But I'm sure that someone is going to eventually complain that a $25 camera module is not as good as the Canon 5D Mark III ;-)
Wait, so what's this Raspberry Pi thing?
The Raspberry Pi (not the imaging module we mentioned at the top of this post) is a tiny little uniboard computer that can be used for a variety of purposes, limited only by people's creativity and the laws of physics. It is about the size of a credit card in the height and width dimensions. Overview at Wikipedia and Raspberry FAQ page. It has an ARM CPU and the GPU can handle BluRay quality video, so while it is tiny, it is not a weakling!
An 85-second video overview of a real world Raspberry Pi Model A (the computer, not the imaging module which is not a final product) is posted at the RasPi.TV YouTube Channel and YouTube-embedded below...