Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera
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12.3 megapixel Sony IMX477 sensor, 7.9mm diagonal image size, and back-illuminated sensor architecture, with adjustable back focus and support for C- and CS-mount lenses


The Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera is an upgraded 12 megapixel, high sensitivity camera for Raspberry Pi with an adjustable focus aluminium lens mount.


Note: A C- or CS-mount lens is essential but not included! We have two to choose from here.

It offers higher resolution (12 megapixels instead of 8 megapixels) and improved low-light performance (approximately 50% greater area per pixel) compared to the existing Camera Module v2.  The milled aluminium adjustable focus lens mount is designed to work with a variety of C- and CS-mount lenses and also includes an integrated tripod mount.

The HQ camera is great for projects where you want to see all the details (such as security cameras), or for ones where you want to use specialist lenses (such as wildlife or sky photography!)  It's compatible with all models of Raspberry Pi* running the latest version of Raspbian.


Getting started

Interchangeable lenses

The High Quality Camera is designed to accept CS-mount lenses and, with the supplied adapter, C-mount lenses. The CGL 6 mm CS-mount and 16 mm C-mount lenses are examples of third-party products that are compatible with the High Quality Camera; see step-by-step instructions for fitting these CS-mount and C-mount lenses.


Operating instructions

For a guide to getting your camera up and running, including back focus adjustmenttripod mountingconnecting your camera to a Raspberry Pi computer, and operating camera software in Raspberry Pi OS to capture images, see our online Getting started guide



  • Before connecting the camera, shut down your Raspberry Pi computer and disconnect it from external power.
  • If the cable becomes detached, pull the locking mechanism forward on the connector, insert the ribbon cable ensuring the metal contacts face towards the circuit board, then push the locking mechanism back into place.
Sensor: Sony IMX477R stacked, back-illuminated sensor
12.3 megapixels
7.9 mm sensor diagonal
1.55 μm × 1.55 μm pixel size
Output: RAW12/10/8, COMP8
Back focus: Adjustable (12.5 mm–22.4 mm)
Lens standards: C-mount
CS-mount (C-CS adapter included)
Other form factor lenses can be used with a third party adaptor
IR cut filter: Integrated (can be removed to enable IR sensitivity, though this is irreversable)
Ribbon cable length: 200 mm*
Tripod mount: 1/4”-20

* The included cable won't fit the smaller camera port on a Pi Zero, though our Pi Zero camera cablewill!

Data Sheet Video


CE and FCC declarations of conformity are available to view and download.

Global compliance certificates for Raspberry Pi products.

Obsolescence Statement

Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera will remain in production until at least January 2027