Raspberrypi released a new camera module today. It is an update of 8 megapixels over the previous 5 megapixels. It is interesting that the module is an IMX219PQ sensor by Sony, this sensor is capable of WDR which is an important and overlooked feature for camera aviation purposes; it means that there is better contrast ratio between a bright sky and dark ground, with the new sensor it is capable of making both bright and visible.

Another interesting feature of the new sensor is that it is capable of slow-motion video recording. The sensor is capable of 1080p/60fps and 720p/180fps, also 4K. Not bad for a $25 camera.

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For those who have interest, someone is creating an image for the Rpi to allow users to get up and moving for drone purposes; It is hoped they are to eventually have several different .img files for varying drone purposes that users can burn and use quickly, there is more information about this project if you would like to participate here:

There is also a Github for a collection of Rpi/Drone related software, all in one place, with links to guides and further information. It might make it easier for drone users to get set up and started, it's here:


Thanks and Best wishes, I look forward to seeing your slo-mo pi videos, your high-speed tracking creations, and low-light demos

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Comment by benbojangles on April 25, 2016 at 12:02pm

I'm looking forward to a vertical mapping drone using this module. Triggered by APM/Pixhawk, or with a GPS link to the Pi so it can geotag photos directly as they are taken. Exciting times!

Comment by Tobias Witting on April 25, 2016 at 1:53pm

awesome! thanks for sharing. The specs are really good! Sony exmor (backside illuminated chip!!) And they kept the price. The only bad thing about the pi cameras is the lens. I haven't tried yet, but it should be possible to remove it and mount a better one.

Comment by benbojangles on April 25, 2016 at 2:12pm

so many lens options are available these days, i think it is possible to find options

Comment by Fnoop on April 25, 2016 at 2:43pm

I fried my rpi camera last week and the replacement arrived yesterday :(

The interesting thing that jumps out at me is the potentially decreased latency of 180fps or 240fps for fpv hd video.

Comment by benbojangles on April 25, 2016 at 3:12pm

oh dear fnoop, I have done the same in the past; those exposed resistors on the back are just to easy to touch metal. get covering the back with tape, or card, or foam, or 3d printed cases.

Comment by Thomas Stanley-Jones on April 25, 2016 at 4:01pm

You mention that the sensor is capable of WDR and 4k and 180fps.  I suppose the drivers still need to be developed to make these features accessible to the general DIYer community?

Comment by Randy on April 25, 2016 at 4:38pm

I wonder the GPS interference will be as bad as with the original camera. My guess is it will because I've heard it's mostly caused by the ribbon cable.

Comment by benbojangles on April 25, 2016 at 5:11pm

@Randy I'm guessing there is GPS interference on the navio board?

Comment by benbojangles on April 25, 2016 at 5:14pm
Comment by benbojangles on April 25, 2016 at 6:10pm

one could always try frc cable


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