This is a pretty intense project with many components required! Not all parts are available as a kit so be ready to source parts from many locations!

You'll need the following before you can begin.


Raspberry Pi, camera, and power!

Storage and a way to get the data off:

SnapPiCam Laser-Cut Set containing the following:

  • 26 x Laser-Cut Parts
  • 4 x M3 Microbarb Brass Inserts
  • 2 x M2.5 Microbarb Brass Inserts
  • 15 x M2 Microbarb Brass Inserts

You'll also need some hardware, available from and others:

  • 4 x M3 45mm Screws
  • 2 x M2.5 8mm Nylon Screw
  • 4 x M2 12mm Screws
  • 4 x M2 8mm Screws
  • 7 x M2 4mm Screws
  • 1 x 1/4-20 Square Nut
  • 2 x M3 4mm Nylon Spacers
  • 1 x 3mm x 12mm x 15mm Stick Foam Pad

Some headers:

  • 2 x 0.1" Right-Angle Pin Header
  • 2 x 0.1" Female Connector
  • 2 x 0.1" Single Pin Covers


Optional (but strongly suggested!)


The SnapPiCam has been designed to use Mobile Phone Magnetic Lenses. The standard size for the magnetic ring which the lenses attach to has a ~13.5mm Outer Diameter (OD) and a ~9.5mm Inner Diameter (ID). There are hundreds of different lenses available, I favour the Fish-Eye Lenses myself.


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This guide was first published on Mar 06, 2014. It was last updated on Apr 24, 2014.

This page (Pre-Checks) was last updated on Mar 04, 2014.

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