Last week on May 16th, Eben Upton, Founder of Raspberry Pi announced that the company would be launching a camera connector for their flagship product the Raspberry Pi Zero which made its own debut back in November of 2015. Upton revealed that the decision was made when it was discovered that the fine pitch FPC connector that is used on the Raspberry Pi’s Compute Module Development Kit fits almost seamlessly onto the right side of the Zero’s board.
In order for consumers to connect the camera to the Zero, Raspberry Pi is offering its own custom six-inch adapter cable which allows for the conversion of fine-pitch connector format to the coarser pitch that is utilized by the camera board. Raspberry Pi is aware that consumers believe the release of the camera was delayed for too long however Upton notes that since the release of the Zero the company has been swamped and has immediately sold every copy of the Mag Pi issue 40 and every Zero available for distribution.
Simply, put demand for the product was too great that the company had trouble filling orders so the development and release of the camera option was continually put on the back-burner so that production of the Zeros’ could take priority. Furthermore, complicating matters is the fact that the Zeros’ had to compete for factory space with the Raspberry Pi 3 which was ramping up for its own launch at the end of February. Raspberry Pi Zero was developed in Wales to the price of five dollars and includes a Broad-com BCM2835 application processor, 512 MB of SD RAM, and an additional micro SD card slot.
It has the smallest form size out of all the Raspberry Pi models at 65 mm by 30 mm by 5 mm. To date, there are approximately 30,000 Zeros in the word and the company plans on continuing to produce thousands more until all demands are met. The Camera connector looks like two small microchips connected by a yellow ribbon and since its inception back in 2012, the Raspberry Pi mini computers have been utilized by millions of people across the globe to learn about programming at a bargain basement price.