Raspberry Pi with 12-megapixel Sony IMX708 camera module launched

On the 9th local time, Raspberry Pi announced the Raspberry Pi Camera Module 3, a high-performance camera module for the Raspberry Pi . Available for Raspberry Pi with CSI connector Pixels i.e. except 400 and Zero version released in 2016.

Sony’s 12-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor IMX708  is used to achieve high image quality and a wide dynamic range. The difference in viewing angles is $25 for the model with a standard 66-degree vertical viewing angle lens, and $35 for the model with a 102-degree vertical wide viewing angle lens.

The previous generation model used Sony‘s IMX219, and the number of output pixels was 3,280 x 2,464 PI 8.1 MP . On the other hand, the light receiving size of one pixel is 1.12 μm. The IMX708 increased the size to 1.4 μm, while increasing the number of output pixels to 4,608 x 2,592 Pixels approximately 11.9 MP.It also supports HDR, which synthesizes 4 pixels and outputs them as one pixel.

The lens supports autofocus. Normally, the highly reliable phase detection method PDAF is used, but when PDAF results are not available, a unique contrast detection method CDAF is employed. By the way, the sensor size is 1/2.43 inch sold model is 1/4 inch.

In addition, a variation model of the Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera that can use M12 mount lenses has been released for $50. This sensor is IMX477.