[Discontinued] Arducam OV9281 1MP Global Shutter Monochrome Camera Module for Raspberry Pi 4/3B+/3


Discontinued. Check alternative product  B0405

Item Description

The Arducam monochrome (B&W) global shutter 1280×800 resolution OV9281 camera module is mainly designed for Raspberry Pi boards, and it can be connected directly to RPi’s CSI-2 camera interface without additional hardware.

The sensor’s global shutter and excellent low-light sensitivity allow it to be used for any application that needs gesture detection, head, and eye tracking, and depth and motion detection.


  • Monochrome global shutter Camera Module with M12 Mount lens directly inserts to CSI slot on Raspberry Pi. Support Raspberry Pi 4, Pi 3/3B+/3A+, CM3/3+, Pi Zero and more. 
  • Supported By The Lastest Official Firmware: The Raspberry Pi has recently updated its firmware with V4L2 camera drivers, which adds support including for OV9281. Thus this OV9281 camera module is compatible with the official V4L2 camera driver, and you can get it working easily just by enabling the overlay.
  • NOTE: 1) Only the Rev.B version supports the official V4L2 driver. Please use Arducam MIPI camera driver for the first version. 2) The official V4L2 driver only supports RAW data and manual exposure. 3) This camera and RPI driver doesn’t support hardware JPEG/H.264 encoding. 4) Raspberry Pi motherboard is not included in the package.

Key Specifications

  • Sensor: Monochrome global shutter OV9281
  • Pixel Size: 3 μm x 3 μm
  • Active array size: 1280 x 800
  • Optical Size: 1/4 inch
  • Focusing Range: 65mm ~ infinite
  • IR Sensitive: Visible light only, build-in 650nm IR cut filter
  • Output interface: 1-lane MIPI serial output with Arducam SDK.
  • Output formats: RAW 8/10
  • Maximum image transfer rate: 1280 x [email protected] fps with the Official driver/Arducam SDK.
  • Board Size: 40mm x 40mm
  • Lens Specs: FoV – 166°(D), EFL – 0.83mm, F.NO – 2.0


  • Security
  • High dynamic range imaging
  • Unattended surveillance
  • Stereo vision
  • Machine vision
  • Automation


  • This camera and RPI driver doesn’t support hardware JPEG/H.264 encoding.
  • Only Bullseye system supports libcamera, using Pivariety driver. For Buster system, unicam is supported, using OBISP driver.

Package Including

  • 1 pcs Arducam OV9281 1MP Monochrome Global Shutter Camera Module
  • 1 pcs 150mm 15pin 1.0mm to 22pin 0.5mm pitch FPC cable
  • 1 pcs 80mm 22pin 0.5mm pitch FPC cable

Additional Resources


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