This project explores the Adafruit PiTFT touchscreen and the Raspberry Pi camera board to create a simple point-and-shoot digital camera. One can optionally use WiFi and Dropbox (a cloud file storage and synchronization service) to automatically transfer photos to another computer for editing.
Things You’ll Need:
With Ethernet and two USB ports, the Model B is usually easier to set up. The Model A saves a few bucks and uses less power…but with only one USB port and no Ethernet, it requires some added skill and/or shenanigans to get all the software fully loaded.
- PiTFT Mini Kit — TFT+Touchscreen for Raspberry Pi
- Raspberry Pi Camera Board. For general work you’ll want the regular version. For special projects like security or nighttime nature photography, you can experiment with the infrared version.
- SD memory card, 4GB or larger. To make the camera slimmer and more portable, you can optionally use a microSD card with either our low-profile or Shortening adapters.
The following parts are optional:
- A WiFi adapter allows the camera to upload photos to Dropbox (requires account, free).
- A USB battery pack makes the whole camera portable. If using WiFi and/or a Model B Pi, you’ll want a robust battery pack that can provide 1 Amp (some are limited to 500 mA max).
- In some situations a USB to TTL Serial Cable may be the preferred way to log in and configure the Raspberry Pi, if a spare keyboard and monitor are unavailable.
For more detail: Make your own digital camera using Raspberry Pi