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Global Shutter Camera


Global Shutter mode, which can also be thought of as a 'Snapshot' exposure mode, means that all pixels of the array are exposed simultaneously, thus enabling 'freeze frame' capture of fast-moving or fast-changing events.

For fields like computer vision, artifacts produced by rolling shutter cameras can cause distortion (pixel offset) which can mess up the algorithm to do the image processing based on pixels. If the camera or an object is moving fast enough, the frame can look distorted since the target seen from the camera was offset between lines due to the line-by-line exposure scheme of the rolling shutter camera.

Many people perform computer and machine vision tasks on RPi, in which they have to deal with fast-moving objects. A global shutter camera is an ideal solution to avoid the rolling artifacts for better image processing, but it’s not easy on RPi.

Arducam is one of the first companies that offer a way to interface global shutter cameras to the Raspberry Pi. And now, Raspberry Pi developers have managed to port the drivers and then officially merged them into the Raspberry Pi kernel tree. That means you will be able to use our OV7251/OV9281/OV9282/OV9782/AR0234/OV2311/OG02B10 cameras with the official V4L2 driver.

Selection Guide

Product Image SKU Sensor Resolution Pin/Connect Type Color Type Features Lens Type Field of View(HxV) Focus Type IR Sensitivity
B0161 OV7251 0.3MP 15/Top Monochrome Mini Size Stock Lens 72.9 °(H) x 57.7°(V) Fixed Focus 650nm IR-cut filter
B0206 OV7251 0.3MP 15/Top without IR-cut filter
B0411 OV9281 1MP 22/Top 73°(H) x 45.6°(V) 650nm IR-cut filter
B0405 OV9281 1MP 22/Top Wide Angle 122°(H) x 76.3°(V)
B0348 OG02B10 2MP 22/Top Color Pivariety M12 85° (H) x 69° (V) Manual Focus 650nm IR-cut filter
B0353 AR0234 2MP 22/Top 90° (H) x 56° (V) without IR-cut filter
B0165 OV9281 1MP 22/Top Monochrome Replaceable Lens M12 67°(H) x 41.8°(V) Manual Focus without IR-cut filter
B0224 OV9281 1MP 22/Top Wide Angle 110 °(H) x 90°(V)
B0381 OV2311 2MP 22/Top Pivariety 83°(H) x 67.5°(V)

Supported Platforms and OS

Note for Supported Platform and OS
Platform Bookworm(rpicam/libcamera) Bullseye(libcamera) Buster(raspistill)
Raspberry Pi 5    
Raspberry Pi 4B / 3B+ / 3A+ / Zero / Zero 2 W
Raspberry Pi CM3 / CM3+ / CM4
(extra adapter board required)


Quick Start Guide for Global Shutter Camera on Raspberry Pi

External Trigger Mode for Global Shutter Camera on Raspberry Pi