This isn’t likely to replace your digital camera (or even phone-cam) anytime soon…it’s a learning exercise and not a polished consumer item…but as the code is open source, you or others might customize it into something special that your regular camera can’t do.
- Raspberry Pi computer, any model will work. This project is not especially demanding, so it’s a great use for an older board if you have one around.
- PiTFT display. Various sizes and models are available — PiTFT Plus variants for the Pi Model A+, B+ and Pi 2 — or classic PiTFT variants for the original Model A or Model B boards. See featured product links to the right. It must be a PiTFT (connecting to the GPIO header, not composite or HDMI) with 320x240 resolution (no higher), must have resistive or capacitive touch.
- Raspberry Pi Camera Board. For general work you’ll want the regular version. For special projects like security or nighttime nature photography, you can experiment with the infrared version.
- SD memory card, 4GB or larger.
The following parts are optional:
- A WiFi adapter allows the camera to upload photos to Dropbox (requires account, free).
- A USB battery pack makes the whole camera portable. If using WiFi, you’ll want a robust battery pack that can provide 1 Amp (some are limited to 500 mA max).
Some additional parts, tools and skills are also required: optional buttons or headers on PiTFT displays require soldering; some means of holding all the pieces together — could be as simple as a few rubber bands, to a drilled-out plastic electronics enclosure, to an elaborate custom 3D-printed case. This all depends on your available resources. Read through to see what’s involved in the project and come up with ideas along the way.
Other Raspberry Pi – Point & Shoot Cameras!
James Wolf made a Raspberry Pi - Point & Shoot Camera all inside the original Pi case (except battery). He made a little board attached to a cut down ribbon cable, just for the pull up resistors and the button - instructions, pictures and a link to the simple Python file are located on his site.