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Camera cable lengh

Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:20 am
by Breeep
Hi all,

I'm working on a project which require a camera. This camera needs to move about 40cm from the rasberry.
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All i know about this camera cable is : "15 Pin ribbon cable, to the dedicated 15-pin MIPI Camera Serial Interface (CSI-2)"

I'd like to know :
What is the cable which is bought with the camera lengh ?
Where can I buy long enough cable same as this one ?

Thank you :)

Re: Camera cable lengh

Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:26 am
by PiGraham
Flat ribbons seem to range from 5cm to 100cm.
You can go further using adaptors to standard IDC ribbon cable or twisted pair.

Some links: -

http://www.adafruit.com/products/1648
http://www.bitwizard.nl/catalog/product ... anguage=en
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Raspberry-Pi- ... 1104745831

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/14112955 ... =95&ff19=0

Re: Camera cable lengh

Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:41 am
by shuckle
Breeep wrote: I'd like to know :
What is the cable which is bought with the camera lengh ?
It is about 15 cm.

Re: Camera cable lengh

Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:50 am
by Breeep
Thank you for your quick replies, i'm going to check it out ;).

Re: Camera cable lengh

Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:32 pm
by JoeDaStudd
I remember one of the mods/devs saying they wouldn't go over 50cm and the standard length is short for a reason.
Sorry I can't remember the exact quote or who said it (I want to say Dom), but I remember it being mentioned when it was first released.

Re: Camera cable lengh

Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:21 pm
by DougieLawson
I got a 30cm cable from eBay, that works perfectly. 15cm was just way too short for where my RPi was sitting relative to the subject I was photographing.

Re: Camera cable lengh

Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:29 pm
by jamesh
Although I originally thought much more than 30 would be a problem, in practice, many people have got lots more than that. I still don't know how! I am guessing they will be seeing a lowering of quality as the lines get longer.

Re: Camera cable lengh

Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:46 pm
by Burngate
jamesh wrote:... they will be seeing a lowering of quality as the lines get longer.
Really? Given it's digital, shouldn't they just see it get unreliable, or go to shash as they approach the cliff, and the eye closes?

Re: Camera cable lengh

Posted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:08 pm
by redhawk
I would imagine 1 meter should be possible after all HDMI is also digital and that seems to pretty resilient to the ill effects of lengthy cables. :)
The camera module from what I understand doesn't take kindly to lower than expected voltages so if anything longer cables would equate to power losses and brownouts.
Perhaps if the 3.3v and ground supply rails from the GPIO could be carried externally via thicker heavy duty cables to the camera board then maybe this could eliminate the power problem.

Richard S.