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......
Thanks for voting for the SnapPiCam in the Raspberry Pi Contest, we made First Prize!
Check out the latest version of this camera. It has been updated for 3D Printing!
In what can be described as a typically windy British Day in Derby I ventured out to take a few test shots. The Photos are as follows;
1 | No lens
2 | Fish-Eye
3 | 2 x Telephoto
4 - 7 | 8 x Zoom Lens
8 | Fish-Eye Selfie.
All the photos are unedited.
There are several change I want to make to the design when I get the time; the process of swapping between the magnetic lenses and the 8 x zoom lens is way too complicated to do outside. I'll change the four M2 screw for a single M3 Thumb Screw and have knotches to stop it from rotating. I'll also consider using black acrylic for the lens assembly to stop any light seaping into the picture like what can be seen on the photos taken with the 8 x z00m lens. There is room to the left of the AV socket to fit in a tripod mount, I ran out of time but it will be featured in any future versions. Finally the three polycarbonate sheets, the two for the battery enclose and the back-plate, will be swapped out for 1mm acrylic.
A set of the SnapPiCam plans can be downloaded for free from The LittleBox Company