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February 7, 2014 AT 3:00 am

The SnapPiCam: A Raspberry Pi Camera @raspberry_pi #piday #raspberrypi

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Instructables user SilverJimmy has modified our DIY Wifi Raspberry Pi Touchscreen Camera and the results are great! You can see the full tutorial here.

Adafruit launched it’s PiTFT not long ago and I bought one immediately from Pimoroni. Soon after that Adafruit published a tutorial entitled DIY WiFi Raspberry Pi Touchscreen Camera. I had a good read through it and on the final page the final paragraph was;

The package could be slimmed down considerably; there’s a huge amount of empty space between the PiTFT and Raspberry Pi (even more with a Model A board). Advanced makers could squeeze a slim LiPo battery and a 5V boost converter in there, connecting to the expansion header at the right edge of the TFT board instead of the side-protruding USB power connector. The result would be similar in size to some consumer point-and-shoot digital cameras.

Hmmm OK, Challenge Accepted!

But let’s see if we can fit in a charger too, and attach some lenses while we’re at it. Modern cameras feature both as standard, no reason why the SnapPiCam shouldn’t……

Read more.

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