tstorzuk
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Older Raspberry Pi - will new Camera Work?

Wed May 08, 2019 2:21 pm

Good Morning All,

I have a few questions, that I hope some of you experts can answer.

I have several old Raspberry Pi boards (Model B Rev 2.0). I'd like to try using them for video surveillance. But before I start I'd like to make sure I'm heading down a path that makes sense/is worthwhile/cost effective.

Will the latest camera work with these older boards or do I have to buy older cameras (if older, which version)?
Will these older boards be able to run the newer software required to make them work together and record video, or do I need to run older software from the repository (if older, which version)?
Will it be possible to record the video to a USB HDD (or will that be a potential bottleneck)?
Do I have to have it connected to a network for it to run, or can it run independently?

Are there any other possible issues that I'm not seeing/thinking of?

Thanks in advance for all your help. I've been out of the loop for quite a while.

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Re: Older Raspberry Pi - will new Camera Work?

Wed May 08, 2019 3:15 pm

The Pi camera modules are compatible with all variants of Pi that have a camera connector (ie not the earlier PiZeros).

It would be prudent to update the software, and certainly they need to be on a release from after the Pi and camera module were released. If this is a new project then the simplest option is to take the latest Raspbian image.

USB can be a bottleneck, but should be fine for H264 encoded video (typically <25Mbit/s).

No network is required, but that does mean you won't have the option of synchronising the time on your device. You may wish to investigate battery powered RTCs.
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Re: Older Raspberry Pi - will new Camera Work?

Wed May 08, 2019 4:57 pm

Awesome, thanks for all your responses. This is the path I'm going to take then.

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Older Raspberry Pi will new Camera Work

Wed May 15, 2019 1:57 am

Hi everybody.

are there any news on this camera?

I am close to invest in a new sensor, but before I start, would like to know if this camera would see the light soon.
if that's the case I'm patient.


thank you very much

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Re: Older Raspberry Pi will new Camera Work

Wed May 15, 2019 2:29 am

byroncar wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 1:57 am
Hi everybody.

are there any news on this camera?

I am close to invest in a new sensor, but before I start, would like to know if this camera would see the light soon.
if that's the case I'm patient.


thank you very much
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Re: Older Raspberry Pi will new Camera Work

Wed May 15, 2019 3:47 am

byroncar wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 1:57 am
I am close to invest in a new sensor, but before I start, would like to know if this camera would see the light soon.
if that's the case I'm patient.
Which camera?

The OP asked if the v2 camera will work on an early Pi. The answer was that it will. The v2 camera has been available for a long time now.
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