The Raiders of the Lost Cam

Hello fellow Robot-eers!

I just wanted to share how I’ve finally got my test PiCam.

It took quite a long time because I searched everywhere for a good deal. I found that the options are quite limited: I could choose either to pay up to £25 for a camera on the official UK websites (like ThePiHut and similar), or to get it from China, which would take at least a month and may never arrive (this scenario actually happened to me, making me wait a month for nothing) or arrive broken.

Fortunately, I found this Amazon item which provides a good compromise between price and shipping time (the seller is in UK and it took only 4 days to arrive).

As you can see, it comes with a nice acrylic enclosure, so you don’t need to create your own holder which is very handy if you want to experiment without mounting the camera on your Robot.

It was a bit fiddly to put together the small plastic screws, but once I got the hang of it, it took just a few minutes.

There’s also a nice YouTube tutorial that shows how to build the enclosure (which is shipped with no instructions whatsoever!).

I’m now ready to try my OpenCV code on the real hardware 🙂

I hope this post will help others as well!