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Raspberry Pi gets camera module

RS Components has released two new product bundles featuring the Raspberry Pi Model A board and the Raspberry Pi camera module.

The Raspberry Pi was developed to encourage children to improve their computer programming skills and it being bundled with a 4GB SD Card makes it perfectly priced to make it a reality in South Africa. The bundles offers excellent value for developers requiring a blend of ultra-low power consumption and high quality image capture, and where size and weight are important, typically in mobile applications.

The first bundle, priced at R 539.99 (plus local taxes and shipping/handling charges) simply combines the ultra-low power Raspberry Pi Model A with the tiny, lightweight camera module. The second bundle comes supplied with a 4GB SD card with the operating system pre-installed, and can be purchased for R 679.99. Both bundles deliver savings of more than 10% on the price of the units when purchased separately.

Raspberry Pi Model A is the lower profile version of the credit card-sized board, containing 256MB RAM, a single USB port, and no Ethernet connection. The camera module, which measures just 25mm x 20mm x 9mm and weighs a little over 3g, contains a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor capable of delivering 2592 x 1944 pixel still images, while supporting 1080p at 30fps, 720p at 60fps and 640x480p at 60 or 90fps video capture. The camera module connects to the Raspberry Pi Model A via a ribbon cable, using CSI and I2C for control.


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