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Advancement in Camera Modules for IoT and Machine Vision Applications

ArduCam, a company that produces camera solutions, has introduced a brand new camera that can be used with a Raspberry Pi for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Besides, you can use this camera with any computer that has USB 3.0. The special feature of the camera is the 108-megapixel sensor in 1/1.5 inch format, which is intended to record particularly detailed images. Since WizzDev uses camera modules with Raspberry Pi in some of the company’s IoT projects, we decided to examine this camera in this article.

The camera is said to be particularly suitable for machine vision and IoT applications, as the 108-megapixel sensor in 1/1.5 inch format records more details than all ArduCam models so far. The camera can record up to 1.3 photos per second at the full resolution of 12,000 x 9,000 pixels, or 11 photos per second at a resolution of 4,000 x 3,000 pixels, the photos are saved as 10-bit RAW files.

The camera has a motorized focus that can focus on objects at least eight centimeters away from the camera. The lens covers a field of view of 80 degrees. A freely accessible developer kit (SDK) and an open API make it particularly easy for developers to work with the camera. The entire camera module measures just 38 x 38 millimeters which makes it appropriate for a variety of usage, including long-term outdoor cameras in a permanent position, mounted to a vehicle, or even in a small handheld unit. It should be easy to conceal within custom housings without having to clear out a lot of extra area (See the figure below). 



You can find more detailed information about the camera in the figure below.

The recently released cameras seem to be a much better option as they offer higher image quality and are most importantly compatible with Raspberry Pi because the camera modules on Raspberry Pi don’t produce good quality images. This issue is brought on by both the sensors themselves and the Raspberry Pi’s relatively low efficiency.

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