Getting started with the Raspberry Pi NoIR camera board

Setting up a Raspberry Pi NoIR camera board is a pretty strait forward and simple task. Here are the steps in a nut shell

First, un-boxed the camera board. Being careful to discharge any static electricity before you remove the camera from its anti static back as the module is sensitive to static. The weather as well as the relative humidity here are in the single digits so static is certainly a concern. You also probably need to remove the protective sticker off of the camera lens.

raspberry pi NoIR camera board

raspberry pi NoIR camera board unboxed

Then attach it to a Raspberry Pi ( it will take you longer to read this than to actually do it)

The camera ribbon cable inserts into the connector situated between the Ethernet and HDMI ports, with the contacts facing away from the ethernet port. The ribbon cable connector should be opened by pulling the tabs on the top of the connector upwards. The ribbon cable should be inserted firmly into the connector. The top part of the connector should then be pushed down, while holding the cable in place.

Raspberry Pi Model B with NoIR Camera Module attached

Raspberry Pi Model B with NoIR Camera Module attached

After booting up your raspberry pi, you should consider a quick update. Is it necessary probably not but its always nice to be working with current code.


$~ sudo apt-get update

$~ sudo apt-get upgrade

Now it is time to enable the attached camera

$~ sudo raspi-config

Enabling the Raspberry pi camera board

Enabling the Raspberry pi camera board

And of course you have to be asked twice 🙂

A quick reboot and your good to go to start using your camera.

you can capture still images from the command line
$~ raspistill -o image.jpg

You can capture a 10 second video via the command line
$~ raspivid -o video.h264 -t 10000

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3 thoughts on “Getting started with the Raspberry Pi NoIR camera board

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  2. Trevor Fitzsimmons

    Thanks for posting these commands. I am wondering though how exactly do we put the little film on the camera? Am I missing something obvious or is there something special you have to do?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    1. hytekblue Post author

      Trevor,

      I actually used a very low tech approach. I attached it with scotch tape. I am sure there are probably better ways to attach it but that worked well and was quick.

      Thanks,

      Hytekblue

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