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Help to find image sensor

Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:36 am

Hi all,

I am working in a project to develop an outdoor camera that capture landscapes to produce a time lapse. the camera will consist of solar panels, batteries and a camera.

For selecting the camera there are a minimum requirements:
1. 4K or 2K raw image.
2. 15MP or higher.
3. 1 fps.

the main goal is to capture time laps not video.

I need your help to select the best sensor for my project.

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Re: Help to find image sensor

Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:16 pm

Hi Keshaf,
you cannot change the sensor attached to the CSI connector easily, because the driver code is proprietary, so you have to live with the Raspi Cam V2 module.
You may use a digital photo camera supporting PTP protocol, attach it over USB and use gphoto2 to capture time-lapse images. I did this with my Nikon D800.
You may also get a good network camera for which Linux/Raspi drivers are available.
For webcams this will be probably rtsp (supported by gstreamer and live555) or simply jpeg and get an image over network/USB.
For industrial cameras this will be probably a proprietary driver. I did this with a BlueFOX camera (less than 15MP however) from They provide a mvAqcquireSDK which works on my Raspi.
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Re: Help to find image sensor

Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:06 am

Use two Zero's + cameras and stitch the images together later?
By angling the cameras you will get a wider field of view.
Pi cameras come with fixed lens so only about 60 degrees FOV, not much for landscapes.
3 Zero's ~ 180 degrees FOV. That will give a stitched image of about 9,000 x 2464 ... re/camera/
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Re: Help to find image sensor

Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:22 pm

Maybe a scanning camera actuated by a stepper motor? :D

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