The new Raspberry Pi boards, the Pi Zero and Pi Zero W have made projects smaller and lighter every day. This makes our projects more portable and even fits in our pocket. Such is the case with PiCorder, a digital camera that may be the smallest and lightest free camera that exists.
PiCorder is a digital camera with a large screen, but it is something that we can skip and it will continue to work without any problem. This is one of the benefits of Free Hardware.
The creator of PiCorder is called Wayne Keenan, a maker who has combined a Pi Zero W with a Li-Po battery, a PiCam and a 3,5-inch screen. The result is PiCorder. A camera that will be controlled by the user from a computer or other device via SSH protocolThat is, the PiCorder will not be able to control the recording.
This has its cons but it is also true that allows us to have a very light and portable device, unlike other cameras. In addition, if we want, we can omit the screen so the result is a lighter and more powerful PiCorder that can be used in almost any situation, not to mention that the costs are lower.
Furthermore, By having a Raspberry Pi Zero W, we can create a digital camera without relying on other equipment. In this case we would have to add the trigger and controls and adapt it to the case. Something that is easy to do if we have a 3D printer. In any case, if we want to build a similar gadget, we only have to consult the build guide which is public and free for everyone. Once again it is shown that the combination of the new Raspberry Pi boards with the Pi Cam can give curious results Do not you think?