The Official Raspberry Pi camera module is here at last. The full specification can be found on my Official Raspberry Pi Camera Module page. This page aims to show how to get the camera connected and ready to go. Depending on the current state of your SD card this will take between 2 and 20 minutes.
Step 1 – Connect the camera to the Pi
The camera ribbon cable connects to the special connector on the Pi next to the ethernet port. The easiest way to see how the cable is connected is to watch this video. It’s fairly easy you just need to be careful you don’t crease the ribbon cable.
Step 2 – Update the SD card
In order to use the camera you must be using a recent operating system that knows that the camera exists. The easiest way to do this is to grab the latest Raspbian image from the RaspberryPi.org site and create a fresh SD card.
Regardless of what version of Raspbian you are using it is highly recommended to update the system using the following commands :
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
Depending on how up-to-date your SD card is the second process may take a while.
Step 3 – Enable camera in raspi-config settings
Reboot. If you are using a fresh image the raspi-config utility should load. If it doesn’t then you can run it manually using :
Sekect the “Camera” option and press “Enter”.
Select “Enable” and press “Enter”.
Updating your operating and enabling the camera using raspi-config did two things. It told your Pi that there is a camera attached and it added two command line utilities.
These allow you to capture still photos and HD video respectively.
You are now ready to start having fun!