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Raspberry Pi Zero Gains Camera Support, Keeps $5 Price (engadget.com) 84

An anonymous reader writes: The Raspberry Pi Zero has received its first major hardware upgrade today: a camera connector. The new addition of a camera connector works well with the two new Sony imaging modules announced last month. The board will retain its $5 price, too. Eben Upton, Raspberry Pi founder, said in a blog post that "through dumb luck, the same fine-pitch FPC connector that we use on the Compute Module Development Kit just fits onto the right hand side of the board." The team was able to close the feature gap between the Zero and larger Pi boards by moving the surface components towards the left, and rotating the activity LEDs. The CSI connector on the Zero is 3.5mm smaller than the adapter on the Pi 3, so you will need to invest in a new cable if you've already invested in a camera module for an existing project.
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Raspberry Pi Zero Gains Camera Support, Keeps $5 Price

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    $5 price is a joke since you cannot actually buy the thing.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      Right! I hate how the brag about the price $5 but are unwilling to produce it in enough volume to get anywhere near demand. I would like to see proof too that it's not a loss leader. Until I can actually buy it, who cares about the price.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Yeah... [whereismypizero.com]

  • We need a Icon of Pants on Fire for posts like this one, which talk about imaginary things which do not exist.

    Liar liar pants on fire, the raspberry PI is NOT for sale, the zero in the name is the number available for $5.00

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I bought several Raspberry Pis and wanted to get a Zero, but it has been impossible.
    So I looked around and found a GREAT ALTERNATIVE.
    I bought cheap Android smartphones for less than $18.00 each.
    It may sound like a sacrilege, but who cares! They work great!
    They are less expensive than Raspberry Pi and have much better performance.

    First is the included hardware:
    1.2 GHz Dual Core CPU
    3.5" IPS Touch Screen Display

    • Unfortunately your Android toy applications are not what many SBC users demand. Many (if not most) want GPIO pins to have a real base to build own systems. Your Android will have a bit problems to connect a temperature sensor, infrared camera or whatever you can buy for no fortune in your electrical supply store next door. Where I have to admit I am no big Pi neither – sticking to the (still new) $9 C.H.I.P. SBC looks much more promising to me, and be it just because of on board wifi and bluetooth...
      • USB OTG and a USB version of those accessories. Still way cheaper than RPI plus case and PSU, especially if you need any of screen, wifi, bt 4.0.

        • USB OTG and a USB version of those accessories. Still way cheaper than RPI plus case and PSU, especially if you need any of screen, wifi, bt 4.0.

          But if you don't, then a $5 eBay AC/DC input boost-buck converter should adequately cover your power supply needs.

    • Unless you have a very specialised application smartphones can do so much LESS.

      As fun as android is paying with a full fledged OS, no word network, no externally attachable camera, lack of USB, lack of monitor connection, and critically lack of I/O means that your proposed solution is not compatible with 99% of what people do with a device that is halfway between a microcontroller platform and a computer.

      Also you scored a -1 fail for mentioning that a smartphone has an app to act as a Kodi remote. You know

  • by Cochonou ( 576531 ) on Tuesday May 17, 2016 @01:36AM (#52125873) Homepage
    In other news, the RAM on the Raspberry Pi A+ has been increased from 256 MB to 512 MB [farnell.com].
  • I ordered a Raspberry Pi Zero in February, and I'm still waiting for it. Instead of "enhancing" it like this, how about delivering on your promises and actually making / shipping them to people who ordered them?
    • This may be of news to you but engineers do not control the supply chain and they don't sit around twiddling their thumbs while they wait for customer's orders to be filled. You're asking a company to cease R&D while their production pipelines get sorted out. Absurd

      • You know what else could be happening? The production pipeline could be being stalled by an engineering bug. If there is a flaw in the design that causes 10% of the Pi Zeros to fail testing, that could cause production yield issues, slowing down shipments as more units are needed and more testing is done to verify shipped units actually work. What's the solution to that? Revise the PCB. Engineers like to add features when they revise PCBs, so if it's deemed low risk I could totally see an Engineer make

        • Yeah because a non-profit corporation which doesn't chase every last dollar and is being endlessly questioned about why they are so slow would by hiding this under the rug because ... erm... profits? Please put your tinfoil hat back on. It may help you remember that the RPi has long had supply chain issues due to spectacular overdemand.

          The reason you can't get your little toy is because the second anyone gets their hands on one they take the entire supply and flog them off on ebay for 5x the price. Yep that

  • A question - if anyone can give a reasoned answer... These things have no ethernet port - therefore images will be streamed over wifi. What is the maximum number of Pi Camera installations that could be set up, without saturating the bandwidth available? Any recommendations or advice?
    • They have no wifi either. And if you're going to buy a USB thing for network access, why not get a USB Ethernet adaptor instead of a USB wifi adaptor? You have to run a cable out anyway for power, so why bother with wifi at all?

      ("Because power outlets are more common than Ethernet ports", I suppose, but I don't really have a good answer to the actual question. I'd be wary of using wifi if your goal is an always-on video stream, since all wifi devices share bandwidth on the channel. If you're only doing one

  • Wow that's great. When does it release?
    O-oh... It's already out?
    But where?
    • At The Pi Hut [thepihut.com] (UK), Pimoroni [pimoroni.com] (UK), Adafruit [adafruit.com] (US) and in physical Micro Center [microcenter.com] stores (US). It says that right in the blog post.

      • by p0p0 ( 1841106 )
        I was poking fun at the fact no one seems to have them.
        It did not work.
        • Yeah, I figured... it's just that they do have them. I've bought 2 so far, I've seen them in stock more times than that, and Pimoroni are even reporting available stock right now (although it's of one of their rip-off bundles). They're certainly selling out fast, and there was that months-long period where they didn't bother making any (because they thought it'd be a great idea to release the Pi3 at the same time, and/or because they were waiting for more of the BCM2835 chips to be fabbed) but it's not like

  • But no option to get it at this price. Either out of stock or sold for a lot more.

  • The US supplier network for pi zero sucks. It's pretty hard to get one from Adafruit and even if you do, they rip you off on shipping (last order was $12 UPS ground shipping that took almost two weeks to arrive - fail). They use a bunch of their inventory on the 'starter pack' kits to sell a bunch of overpriced stuff you generally don't need. Despite their status in the community, I really dislike dealing with adafruit and I get suspicious when I hear things from the pi foundation about 'exclusive deals'

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