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Raspberry Pi Camera Board - Night Vision "IR-CUT" (5MP)

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Raspberry Pi Camera Board - Night Vision "IR-CUT" (5MP)
Raspberry Pi Camera Board - Night Vision "IR-CUT" (5MP)
Raspberry Pi Camera Board - Night Vision "IR-CUT" (5MP)
Raspberry Pi Camera Board - Night Vision "IR-CUT" (5MP)
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Triggering IR mode without using GPIO
Hi, Based on an online ressource[1], I succeeded in triggering IR mode of the camera by inserting "disable_camera_led=1" at the end of the "/boot/config.txt" and rebooting the system... And there is something that I don't understand here. According to this little experiment, it seems indeed possible to chose between the IR and Non-IR modes of the camera without using the "GPIO connection" of the camera... How come ? I guess the information is transmitted at boot time through the flex cable ?! But why is it possible to set this only at boot time ? Is this a limitation of the camera, of the PI, or of the OS ? My guess is a limitation of the camera, otherwise I can't explain the "GPIO hole" on the camera. discovered that it was possible [1]
  • To expand on this, the IR-CUT filter is connected to the camera flex cable pin 18 (CAM_GPIO1), this is connected to different gpio pins on the SOC (CPU) depending on which raspberry pi model. You can find the GPIO pin definitions in the Linux source here: in the "bcm283?-rpi-*.dts" files For the Pi zero W, you can control the filter position (even if you are using the v4l interface) like this: echo 40 > /sys/class/gpio/export echo out > /sys/class/gpio/gpio40/direction # IR CUT filter on: echo 1 > /sys/class/gpio/gpio40/value # IR CUT filter off: echo 0 > /sys/class/gpio/gpio40/value If that's worked correctly, then you'll hear a click as the filter is moved in/out of the light path. For other raspberry pi models, check the dts file for the correct gpio pin number... ModMyPi Staff - any chance of getting waveshare to put this on their wiki?
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  • The I/O hole on the camera can be used to implement a hardware solution to trigger the IR_CUT, much like the IR-LEDs are handled in this bundle. The LED PCBs have a photosensor and a potentiometer to trigger the LEDs according to light levels in front of the camera. You could, in theory, tap the signal that turns the LEDs on and connect it to the I/O on the camera which results in the IR-CUT being toggled together with the IR-LEDs.
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  • Actually, fiddling around on the internet and playing with my Pi I discovered that: 1. The "disable_camera_led" property is meant for the control of a LED present on some types of camera to indicate that the camera is active... On the IR-CUT, this LED is absent but it seems that this property is mapped on the action type (normal versus night vision). 2. It is possible to dynamically change this property in python using the 'led' write only property of a 'picamera.PiCamera'. cam=picamera.Picamera() cam.led=False # sets IR-CUT night vision mode cam.led=True # sets IR-CUT normal mode I then wonder what is the purpose of the GPIO pin-hole on the camera board, since it seems possible to switch between modes through the flex cable !? (NB: all experiments were conducted on a Pi2B under raspbian)
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  • I believe it's a limitation of the Pi and/or OS. The boot/config.txt file is only read during the boot process and so any changes made after boot do not get applied. 
    ModMyPi LTD
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Connect up for auto switch IR cut feature
Is there a point in the light sensing circuit for the IR LED board that could be used to supply a signal to the I/O location on the camera board. Resulting in the camera switching to IR mode when the LED's light up? I.e a point in the light sensing circuit that is high in normal light but goes low in the dim/dark?
  • Hi Chris, that's a nice idea. I don't know anything about electronics, but it might prove interesting to check how these IR Pods work. I mean, these to pods have exactly two connection with the camera : one for the 3.3V alimentation, and the other one might be for the ground (?). Measuring voltage between these pods, and checking if there is a difference depending on the light might just give you the answer you are looking for.
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  • No direct answer, but there is another solution to achieve the ability to switch ir mode on off. And that is to use the gpio on the pi that is configured for the camera led. On the pi zero W that is gpio40 (it's different for different Pi models). Coupled with scheduling using 'at' and also using the remind calendar feature to find times for dawn and dusk the whole feature can be scripted on the pi.
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How to adjust focus
I tried adjusting focus on old camera module and broke it, how easy is it on this one?
  • It's really easy! Just simply twist the lens. There may be a tiny bit of glue holding the lens in its "optimal" focal point, but a small amount force when twisting will do the trick.
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Camera Box for IR Cut
Hi, Do you have a Camera Box for IR Cut camera? Either Pi Zero or PI 3+ would be good.
Ian Howes
  • Unfortunately we don't. It is something we would like to look into though. The problem is the IR-CUT cam doesn't make it easy to mount to a case.
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can you tell me if the camera in this moduled can be swapped for the V2 sony camera?
  • No it can't
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IR-CUT Fisheye, please?
Really interested in this camera. Nearly bought one, but my experiences with a bog-standard V1 Pi camera tell me I need a wider FOV. I'll be using it in a chicken shed to keep an eye on things (Mr Fox, automatic coop door closed, chicken behaviour, etc). So, do you have plans to integrate the Fisheye camera with the IR-CUT system? I'd buy one for sure then! A case for this camera jig (and ideally the Pi itself too) would be a good idea... especially one that is waterproof (or at least water-resistant). Please let me know if you ever make this bundle - I'd be most grateful!
  • +1 - IR-Cut wide fisheye would be great. Would love to see what is basically a combo of the 160 wide fish eye night vision camera you do, but with the IR cut. I notice the lens s screwed in - I wonder if you already had the fish eye lens could you just swap it over and use it on this camera
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Focal length of camera
Is this camera suitable for use in an owl box, 48 to 70cm distance from subject? If not can you recommend a suitable No IR camera please?
Ian Fazakerley
  • Yes! This has an adjustable lens and we've had it focus quite nicely on objects as close as 4cm.
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Camera case for this modue
Hi there. I would love to know if you have any camera cases that are compatible with this camera, as I was not able to find any on your site. I did find this: But it says it is not compatible. So I guess my question is (1) whether there is any case compatible with this camera, or if not then (2) Would it be possible/easy to manually alter an existing case to make it compatible with this camera? In case you haven't noticed, I'm desperate! Thanks so much!
  • We don't unfortunately have a case for this specific camera module.

    As for modding an existing case, you could, maybe, make the case you linked work, but it would mean cutting a drilling the acrylic which is very difficult to do without it cracking.

    I'll get it added to the list of products to look into, but it won't happen for a little while.
    ModMyPi LTD
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Is this compatible with a PI Zero
Is this compatible with the PI Zero, and will it provide enough power for the LEDs? Does it need an adapter ribbon cable ?
  • Yes, but the Pi Zero & Zero Wireless Require Pi Zero Camera Cable
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How are the infrared LED lihts triggered?
Do the lights activate when the camera activates or are they illuminated all the time when the light level is low?
  • They are illuminated all the time, whilst light levels are low. There are two light sensors built in. The sensitivity can be adjusted by the tiny little potentiometers
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What does the fox say? You'll probably never know, but at least we can see what that pesky fox is up to with this Raspberry Pi IR-CUT Night Vision Camera! 

This IR-CUT version includes an IR filter switch giving you the best possible picture clarity in both day and night! During the day you can toggle the mode to Normal Mode by setting a chosen GPIO pin High, this disables the IR filter removing colour distortion from the filter. During the night, simply toggle the GPIO pin Low and the IR filter is enabled, when light levels drop too low the IR LEDs are activated and you are in night vision mode! Visit the Waveshare WiKi for details on how to toggle modes.

Our Raspberry Pi IR-CUT Night Vision Camera plugs directly into the CSI connector on the Raspberry Pi, and features two high intensity Infrared LED spotlights for night time recording! The IR LED's are powered directly from the CSI port, and are capable of lighting an area at a distance of up to 8m! In testing, the best images were captured at a distance of 3m to 5m. The camera also features an adjustable 3.6mm focal length and 75.7 degree viewing angle.

This Raspberry Pi night vision camera uses the same OV5647 as the standard Raspberry Pi camera, and is therefore able to deliver a crystal clear 5MP resolution image, or 1080p HD video recording at 30fps!


  • Raspberry Pi Camera, supports all revisions of the Pi
  • Embedded removable IR-CUT filter, eliminating color distortion in the daylight
  • Comes with infrared LED, supports night vision
  • 5 megapixel OV5647 sensor
  • Camera specifications
    • CCD size : 1/4inch
    • Aperture (F) : 1.8
    • Focal Length : 3.6mm adjustable
    • Field of View : 75.7 degree
    • Sensor best resolution : 1080p
  • 4 screw holes
    • Used for attachment
    • Provides 3.3V power output
    • Supports connecting infrared LED and/or fill flash LED
  • Dimension: 31mm × 32mm

Package Contents

  • Raspberry Pi IR-CUT Camera Board × 1
  • Infrared LED Board × 2
  • 15-Pin FFC CSI Cable × 1
  • Mounting Hardware


The LEDs intensity is limited by the Raspberry Pi power supply, please ensure you have an adequate Raspberry Pi power supply installed. LEDs running at full intensity can get hot, please take care during prolonged use.


The IR LEDs can be bolted to the body of the camera using the included bolts. This connects the 3.3V supply to the boards and secures them in place. If you need to adjust the ambient light threshold (to change when the infrared LED's toggle), there is a tiny adjustable potentiometer on each LED board, you can turn it to change the threshold. Please ensure any fitting or adjusting is completed prior to plugging the device into the Raspberry Pi and switching it on. 

Please follow this guide on how to install the Raspberry Pi Camera for details on how to set the board up!

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