New Raspberry Pi Zero 1.3

A quick evening project to test the new Raspberry Pi Zero with the Camera port.

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So now we have two rabbits and since I put my Zero together I haven't really used it.  This seems like too good an opportunity to miss.

Armed with the PI, camera, SenseHAT and two soup cartons I have a working webcam. The main addition software wise was an Apache2 web-server.  I had to change the port on the Apache to enable port forwarding to the correct Pi and then just some simple HTML in the index.html to auto refresh the page every 15 seconds and display a bit of text and an image.  A Crontab entry allows for a picture taken every minute and saved to the web-server.

The room where the setup is located gets hot during the day, I want to see by how much so I needed the SenseHat for that. I might track humidity as well. More on that another time.


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Yup: The update worked.

After running the "sudo apt-get dist-upgrade" and waiting a while, enabling the camera port (again) in Raspi-config and a reboot, I have now got the camera working.

So with the lights out, here it is. oh and a selfie.....

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An Evenings Work..... possibly

My Raspberry Pi Zero 1.3 (with camera port) arrived today (Thanks Pimoroni) and after a busy early evening I set to work. This seems like a great idea for a very short project.

Firstly I had to solder on the GPIO header connector which is the hardest part to be honest as soldering 40 pins that are very close together is an interesting experience.

Once done I did a quick check by connecting my Sense HAT and using the SD card from my other Zero I powered it up. Brilliant, this card runs a binary clock on start-up and this ran okay.

I then powered the Pi down and installed it in the new PiBow case. Minor gripe here: to get at the SD card you have to take the case apart.

My next job was to install the camera.  this is a bit of a fiddle in the new case but as a fine screwdriver is required to un clip the connector.  The cable goes in okay even though there does not appear to be enough space to fit it in.

But....... even after enabling the camera on Raspi-config I cannot take a picture. One of the errors states that the camera needs to be enabled (already done)  did that (again) and rebooted. Same issue.  The camera is getting power as the two IR lamps are glowing a sinister red colour as they do when the swtiched on.

My thinking is that the SD card is from an original Zero and so I am trying "apt-get dist-upgrade" to try to fix the issue. Failing that I'll try downloading the latest NOOBS and see if that fixes it.

So much for an evening project

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What is that IR camera attachment you have - I've not seen that before!

Colin replied:

Hi Snaked
The camera and attachments I got from Modmypi. It is not the official foundation camera but uses the same OV5647 sensor as the official one. The camera has two connections that allow two IR LED's to be connected but they run hot (3w).
You can get it here:
http://www.modmypi.com/raspberry-pi/camera/raspberry-pi-night-vision-camera/?search=camera

Cheers
Colin

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