An improved camera for use with Raspberry Pi computers, featuring a 12-megapixel Sony IMX708 sensor, HDR support and powered phase-detect autofocus.
Camera Module 3 is the successor to the popular Raspberry Pi Camera v2, which launched in April 2016. Built around a 12-megapixel Sony IMX708 image sensor module, Camera Module 3 offers the following exciting improvements over its predecessor:
- Improved low-light sensitivity
- High dynamic range (HDR) support
- Powered phase-detect autofocus (PDAF)
It can be used to take full HD video as well as still photographs, and features an HDR mode up to 3 megapixels. Its operation is fully supported by the libcamera library, including Camera Module 3’s rapid autofocus feature: this makes it easy for beginners to use, while offering plenty for advanced users.
Camera Module 3 is available with either a standard (75°) or wide-angle (120°) lens and in visible-light-only and infrared-sensitive (NoIR) variants (coming soon).
Quality of (still) life
Camera Module 3 comes with an improved 12MP IMX708 Quad Bayer sensor and features a High Dynamic Range mode, making it the highest quality Camera Module we’ve made so far.
Focus on the good
Camera Module 3 features ultra-fast auto focus as standard. A rich library of software commands means you can have total control over what you focus on and how you do it.
Look from a different perspective
Need a wider field of view than the standard 75 degrees? Camera Module 3 Wide features an ultra-wide 120 degree angle of view, meaning your Raspberry Pi can see more of the world.
See things differently
Both the standard and wide cameras come with the option of having no IR filter, turning the Camera Module 3 into a night-vision camera when used with infrared lighting.
Not just for stills
Camera Module 3 can record full HD video at 50fps, with higher frame rates available at lower resolutions. Featuring an HDR mode and autofocus, it not only provides great stills quality, but is also a fantastic tool for video recording and streaming. Watch our video filmed entirely on Camera Module 3 to see it in action.
Shot on Camera Module 3
Back-illuminated, stacked CMOS 12-megapixel Sony IMX708 image sensor
High signal-to-noise ratio (SNR)
Built-in 2D Dynamic Defect Pixel Correction (DPC)
Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) for rapid autofocus
QBC Re-mosaic function
HDR mode (up to 3 megapixel output)
CSI-2 serial data output
2-wire serial communication (supports I2C fast mode and fast mode plus)
2-wire serial control of focus mechanism
Resolution: 11.9 megapixels
Sensor size: 7.4mm sensor diagonal
Pixel size: 1.4μm × 1.4μm
Horizontal/vertical: 4608 × 2592 pixels
Diagonal field of view: 75 degrees (Camera Module 3, Camera Module 3 NoIR), 120 degrees (Camera Module 3 Wide, Camera Module 3 NoIR Wide)
Common video modes: 1080p50, 720p100, 480p120
IR cut filter: Integrated in standard variants; not present in NoIR variants
Dimensions: 25 × 24 × 11.5mm (12.4mm height for Wide variants)
Ribbon cable length: 200mm
Cable connector: 15 × 1mm FPC
All models of Raspberry Pi Zero require a Raspberry Pi Zero camera cable to connect to the Raspberry Pi Camera Module; the standard cable supplied with the camera is not compatible with the smaller Raspberry Pi Zero camera connector. Suitable cables are available at low cost from many Raspberry Pi Approved Resellers, and are supplied with the Raspberry Pi Zero Case.
Raspberry Pi Camera Module 3 has undergone extensive compliance testing and meets a number of regional and international standards.
Raspberry Pi Camera Module 3 will remain in production until at least January 2030