The New Version of Raspberry Pi Zero to Launch With a Camera Connector

After being launched last November, the PI Zero has continued to impress with every single unit sold within minutes of being released. Being a cheap and less powerful younger sibling to the Raspberry Pi versions, this credit card size single board computer offers fewer features than it’s bigger brother but held out its own in the market because of its cheap price and easy configurability.

An announcement was made today through the Raspberry Pi blog that a new version of the Pi Zero single board computer is available with the highly demanded onboard camera connector.

This addition was made possible because of the unexpected surge in demand for the board, something that created an opportunity for new boards to be manufactured and the team thought it would be a great chance to update the device with a new camera connector.

Raspberry Pi Zero

To sweeten the deal for those looking the purchase, the Pi Zero will ship with a custom 6 inch adapter cable which has been specifically engineered to convert the fine-pitch connector format to coarser pitch used by the camera board.

Raspberry Pi Zero

The Raspberry Pi foundation said that 30,000 units will be available on the first go for those eagerly awaiting to get their hands on the first Pi Zero to ship with its own onboard camera module. Other features of the board are identically to the first generation Pi Zero including the CPU but this version has been overclocked to 1GHz making it about 40% faster.

The board will also ship with 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM, a micro-SD card slot, mini-HDMI port —Which supports up to 1080p at 60FPS video output –, two micro-USB ports, with one for power, as well as an unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header featuring the same pinout as the Raspberry Pi Model A+/B+/2B.

In the US, the Pi Zero boards will be available through retail stores Adafruit and Micro Center and those residing in Europe can buy it from Pimoroni and The Pi Hut.

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