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Pi Camera Cable Length

Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:23 am
by NPDedyukhin
Good day to all! :)

Why does the Pi Camera have such a short cable?

If I want to place the camera on the street, then it turns out the device itself will also have to be placed on the street?

Or are there other ways? :geek:

Re: Pi Camera Cable Length

Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:44 am
by fruitoftheloom
NPDedyukhin wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:23 am
Good day to all! :)

Why does the Pi Camera have such a short cable?

If I want to place the camera on the street, then it turns out the device itself will also have to be placed on the street?

Or are there other ways? :geek:

https://thepihut.com/products/raspberry ... -extension

Re: Pi Camera Cable Length

Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:11 am
by rpdom
NPDedyukhin wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:23 am
Why does the Pi Camera have such a short cable?
The electrical signals on the cable are very tiny and also fast. Long cables can mean that the signals become too weak to use or will get corrupted during transmission. The camera module is similar to those used in some mobile phones. How long are the cables inside them?

As stated there are unofficial extensions available, but the picture quality is not guaranteed, especially at higher resolutions or frame rates.

Re: Pi Camera Cable Length

Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:14 am
by DougieLawson
You can go longer. 15cm is OK on my V1 camera. Lengths up to 30cm need local testing. There's even an adaptor that splits the cable put and lets you run over an HDMI cable as an extension.

Re: Pi Camera Cable Length

Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:50 am
by HermannSW
Only 15cm is supported, but I use 1m and 2m cables routinely:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/view ... m#p1542203

Re: Pi Camera Cable Length

Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:24 am
by Burngate
NPDedyukhin wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:23 am
If I want to place the camera on the street, then it turns out the device itself will also have to be placed on the street?
It depends how far away the street is, but you may find it's cheaper to place a Pi close to the camera, and use very much cheaper network cable for the long distance