Camera Module Setup

 
 

WARNING: Do not ever plug in or unplug the camera to a Raspberry Pi that is receiving power. I’m not usually one for “nevers", but seriously you will fry your camera or your camera port. I’ve done it 2 3 4 times to date. Take the time to shut down the Pi and remove its power source.

Setting up the camera module for any Raspberry Pi is very simple and will only take a few steps

For Raspberry Pi 3:

Insert the camera cable into the camera port on the Raspberry Pi. Make sure you’re inserting it into the port near the HDMI port, not the one on the edge of the board. Also ensure that the shiny contacts on the cable are facing the HDMI port. If you put it in the wrong way it won’t work at all.

Insert the cable into the camera. Make sure the shiny contacts on the cable are facing the lens side of the camera. Again, if you put it in the wrong way it won’t work at all.

For Raspberry Pi Zero and Zero W:

Insert the camera cable into the camera port. Ensure that the contacts are oriented like the picture below (shiny contacts down).

Insert the camera cable into the camera module itself with the shiny contacts facing the lens side of the camera module.