Raspbery Pi Zero W Camara Project

I made a purchase of the following
Raspberry Pi Zero W, Camera Module for Raspberry Pi Zero – Without infra-red filter - CAM004.

What I am trying to do with this is to make a Nature camera. The site that I am using to help with this is MyNaturewatch where I downloaded this program onto a mini SD card. http://interaction.gold.ac.uk/naturewatch-cam-v0p4p2.img then transfering it via Etcher to the card. When this is done you put the card and camera on the Raspberry Pi and it is ment to load up. The board powers up with the green light but the camera red light does not light up.

What I am wondering is, is this camera the right one or is there a problem with the camera not working.


Make sure you have the camera plugged in the right way. Get it backwards and its as if no camera is connected. If you have the camera I think you have, this link should help.
Scroll down to the fourth picture.

Hi alphanumeric
I have made sure the camera is the right way round goning by the pictures you listed. The only differance is the cable is black as in my photo

. I have a feeling that either it is the wrong type of camera for the project or that the camera is damaged.


The LED may only come on when its taking a picture?
I have some Motion Eye setups using the Pi foundation V2 cameras. From Raspbian I run the following python file to verify my camera works.

from picamera import PiCamera
from time import sleep

camera = PiCamera()
camera.rotation = 180
camera.resolution = (1280, 720)


It will show on a connected monitor. Once I know my cameras work in Raspbian I swap in my Motion Eye OS sd card. I do pan tilt checks too but I stripped that code out of what i posted above. I don’t think it has to be the Pi Foundation Camera for that code to work.

Just to double double check, the shiny contacts side of the camera cable is side down in the picture. Just want to make sure we don’t miss something silly. ;)

I would suggest you to install raspibian lite on another SD card. then in raspi-config you need to activate the camera. then simply in terminal type “raspistill -k” and the red-light should come up. Ofcourse you would need to connect a keyboard and a hdmi monitor. Camera picture should show on your monitor. CTRL C to close camera. Once you have ensured camera works you can swap back to SD-card with Mynaturecamera.

Camera looks like its upside down to me ,If I put mine in like that it would be wrong way

If your using the Pi foundation camera with the Pi Zero cable, the camera points down. That’s so when you flip it across the top of the Pi it points up, and thus works with the official Pi Zero case.
These other one piece ones flip to the back / bottom of the Pi for what ever reason, and mount the other way around. Confusing I know.

EDIT: Usually the side with the stripe on it goes towards the locking bar, and the shinny bit with the contacts on it is opposite, facing away from the locking bar.

Oops sorry looked at mine wrong,I have this one with the adapter for the large pi ,and that’s all I tested it on
https://shop.pimoroni.com/products/raspberry-pi-zero-camera-module?variant=37751082058. https://shop.pimoroni.com/products/camera-cable-adapter

Yeah, I’ve only ever tried the Pi Foundation Camera with the cable that comes with the Official Pi Zero case. It points up when folded back over the top of the Pi Zero. Its a short version of this one.

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