$5 Raspberry Pi Zero Adds A Camera Connector
No matter how small a device maybe, but given enough time it can be improved. Even for something as small as Raspberry Pi Zero, there is still room for improvement. Raspberry Pi foundation recently announced a hardware upgrade that allows a camera to be added on Raspberry Pi Zero, and what’s more interesting is that Raspberry Pi Zero still costs $5.
The company has added a six inch adapter cable for the actual camera to board connection. Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton said in a blog post:
Camera connector was the most frequently demanded feature addition for the Zero. Through dumb luck, the same fine-pitch FPC connector that we use on the Compute Module Development Kit just fits onto the right hand side of the board.
However, it seems that the addition of the camera connector was not just dumb luck, but also the low expectations of the company. Upton said that the foundation was surprised by how much high the demand was for the device.
When Pi Zero was released in November, all units were sold quickly by the distributors. Not only the device but every copy of issue 40 of MagPi the Foundation’s magazine also sold out, as each copy came with a free Pi Zero.
Raspberry Pi Zero is still in demand, but the foundation had to halt the production on Zero as the foundation had built up quite a stock for Raspberry Pi 3 for its release in February. During that time, the team figured out how to integrate a camera connector to Raspberry Pi zero.
Recently a Raspberry Pi powered Painsaw appeared on the Internet created by George Merlocco, which is an ideal machine to run Doom II.