IMX298 – 16.0 MP Raspberry Pi Compatible Camera Module


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IMX298 – 16.0 MP Raspberry Pi Compatible Camera Module:

The IMX298 – 16.0 MP Raspberry Pi Compatible Camera Module features the IMX298 color sensor from Sony. Raspberry Pi uses this sensor for their 16.0 MP camera. The sensor has a 1/2.8″ optical format, which combined with the pixel size of 1.12 µm x 1.12 µm, provides the 16.0 MP 4656 x 3496 image. This is a rolling shutter sensor, which captures an entire column (or row) simultaneously. The sensor compiles the image by scanning across (or down). This camera module is sold only with a stock lens.

Lens / Mounts:

This camera module is sold only with a motorized stock focus lens (B0174) for autofocus support, with IR filter attached to the sensor.

Camera Shields:

In the Arduino world, a “shield” is a piggy-back circuit board that provides additional functionality to the development board. In this context, a camera shield provides one possible interface from the camera module to your computer. You will need to purchase the ArduCam MIPI Adapter Board for USB3.0 Camera Shield and the ArduCam USB3.0 Camera Shield, (or just the new ArduCAM USB 2 Rev E Camera Shield) which provides you a USB connection to a Windows or Linux computer for this camera module. Open-source software and binaries are provided on the ArduCAM GitHub site (see link below) for these boards. ArduCAM supplies a wide variety of camera modules that are compatible with their USB Camera Shields, and all are available from DLSCorp.

Raspberry Pi Interface:

In addition to working with the USB camera shields, the camera module is a custom-designed add-on for the Raspberry Pi system boards. The board itself is tiny, at around 40 mm x 40 mm. The camera is connected to the BCM2835 processor on the Pi via the CSI bus. The CSI bus is capable of extremely high data rates, and it carries pixel data exclusively. A 15-pin flexible flat cable (FFC) connects the camera to the CSI socket on the Raspberry Pi; additional lengths of the FFC cables are also available (a CSI/DSI Extender is required). Unlike the 5 and 8 MP cameras, this camera module requires special MIPI software available from the ArduCAM GitHub site.

The camera is supported in the latest version of Raspbian, Raspberry Pi’s preferred operating system (follow the build instructions below).

  • 1/2.8” optical format (sensor size)
  • 16.0 MP resolution (4656 H x 3496 V)
  • Stock Lens only
  • High sensitivity for low-light operation
  • RGBW Bayer pattern
  • Standard SCCB interface
  • Output support for Raw RGB, RGB (RGB565/555), GRB422, YUV (422/420) and YCbCr (4:2:2) formats, JPEG compression formats
  • Low operating voltage for embedded portable apps
  • Board Size: 40 x 40 mm
Package includes:
  • IMX298 – 16.0 MP Camera Module w/ stock lens (qty 1)
  • 150 mm 22-pin 0.5 mm to 15-pin 1.0 mm CSI flexible flat cable (qty 1)
  • 80 mm 22-pin 0.5 mm CSI flexible flat cable (qty 1)
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Additional information

Weight 2 oz
Dimensions 1 × 1 × 1 in


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