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Raspberry Pi Zero Gets a Camera Connector – Keeps $5 Price


Raspberry Pi Foundation back in November introduced its cheapest computer to date, the Raspberry Pi Zero, priced at just $5 (roughly Rs. 330). The makers of miniature computers have now upgraded the Zero model and added a camera connector.

According to Eben Upton, Raspberry Pi Founder, the camera connector was the “the most frequently demanded ‘missing’ feature” of the Raspberry Pi Zero.”

The company details that the Zero offers custom six-inch adapter cable to connect to the camera. “This converts from the fine-pitch connector format to the coarser pitch used by the camera board,” explains Upton.

The Raspberry Pi Zero is available to buy in Europe via The Pi Hut and Pimoroni, and in the US from Adafruit and in-store at Micro Center. Eben Upton says that there are roughly 30,000 new Zeros available to purchase. “We’ll be making thousands more each day until demand is met,” he added.

To recall, the Raspberry Pi Zero specifications included Broadcom’s BCM2835 application processor clocked at 1GHz. Raspberry at launch had claimed that the chipset was 40 percent faster than its counterpart at Raspberry Pi 1. Other innards include a 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM, and a microSD card slot for storage. On the connectivity front, there’s a mini-HDMI socket that supports 1080p60 video output, a 40-pin GPIO header, and a composite video header. The Raspberry Pi Zero runs a Linux-based operating system, Raspbian.

The Raspberry Pi foundation had launched the third version of its popular low-power Raspberry Pi development platform, the Raspberry Pi 3, in February. It was priced at $35 and came with bumped features including integrated Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth connectivity.