Those of you who follow the Raspberry Pi might have been aware of the demise of the popular digital camera module for the system. The Pi Foundation has since found a new and much-improved 8-megapixel part to use as a replacement: Sony's IMX219 sensor. The new sensor is used in both the visible-light and infrared camera modules available for the Pi.
The previous Raspberry Pi Cameras used an OmniVison sensor that went out of production back in 2014. According to Eben Upton of the Pi Foundation, the vendors that sell the board have been getting by on stockpiled sensors since then. Declining camera supplies would have threatened a number of popular projects for the Pi, including things like wildlife cameras, video-enabled doorbells, and security cameras. Fortunately, the Pi Foundation was able to purchase the new sensors before the previous stock was depleted.
Along with support for eight-megapixel still images, the new Pi camera can record 1080p video at 30 FPS or 720p video at 60 FPS. Upton is also proud of the upgraded auto white balance capabilities of the camera, which should allow it to take more color-accurate pictures in varying lighting conditions.
The camera is already on sale from Pi retailers. In spite of all of its upgrades, the new modules still carry the same $25 price tag as the old model.