Arducam 2MP Ultra Low Light STARVIS IMX290 Motorized IR-CUT Camera for Raspberry Pi

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  • Ultra Low Light: Ultra low light Sony STARVIS IMX290 sensor
  • Motorized IR-Cut: Motorized IR-CUT function under different lighting condition
  • Native to Raspberry Pi: No need to install additional driver
  • High Frame Rate: 90fps at 1280x720 resolution, 46fps at 1920x1080


The camera uses the Sony Low Light STARVIS IMX290 sensor which is a diagonal 6.46 mm (Type 1/2.8) CMOS active pixel type solid state image sensor with square pixel array and 2.13 million effective pixels. The chip uses analog 2.9 V, digital 1.2 V, and interface 1.8 V. This highly sensitive low-light camera can capture extremely sharp images with minimal noise at extremely low light conditions. It features low power consumption and high functionality. It can achieve high sensitivity, low dark current and no smear. The sensor applies R, G, and B primary color mosaic filters, as well as a variable electronic shutter.


  • Surveillance cameras
  • FA cameras
  • Industrial cameras
  • Autonomous mobile robots, UGV/UAV, ADAS, etc.


  • Input frequency: 74.25 MHz / 37.125 MHz
  • Pixels: Approx. 1920 (H) × 1080 (V) 2.07 million pixels
  • Maximum frame rate in Full HD 1080p mode: 30 fps
  • Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) function: Multiple exposure WDR, Digital Overlay WDR
  • 10-bit/12-bit A/D converter
  • CSI-2 serial data output: 2 Lane, RAW10 / RAW12 output


Optical Size Type 1/2.8'' (Diagonal 6.46 mm)
Pixel Size 2.9μm×2.9μm
Shutter Type Rolling Shutter
Number of the Active Pixels 1920x1080
Color Filter Bayer RGB
Frame Rates RAW10:1920x1080@46fps;1280x720@90fps
Supported Platform Pi 4/3/Zero/CM3/CM4
Output Format RAW10/RAW12
Focus Type Manual Focus
Lens Mount M12 Mount
F.NO 1.6±10%
Effective Focal Length 4.3±5%mm
MOD. 2.0
Back Focal Length 5.43±0.2mm
Field of View(FOV) 103°(D) x 90°(H) x 74°(V)
IR Sensitivity Motorized IR-cut
Camera Board Size 38mm x 38mm


Among the Sony STARVIS series sensors, IMX290, IMX462, and IMX327 are some of the more popular ones. Though they are all belong to the STARVIS series, there are some differences between them. Please see the following table about the similarities and differences:

Specifications Sensor
IMX462 IMX290 IMX327
Mega Pixels 2.10MP 2.07MP 2.07MP
Max Resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080 1920x1080
Optical Size 1/2.8'' 1/2.8'' 1/2.8''
Pixel Size 2.9μm×2.9μm 2.9μm×2.9μm 2.9μm×2.9μm
G Sensitivity* 10471 5486 10471
Max Frame Rate 120fps(sensor) 120fps(sensor) 90fps(sensor)
NIR Sensitivity(850nm)* ~1 ~0.5 ~1

G Sensitivity*: Gravity sensitivity is an important indicator of camera performance in low light conditions. Higher the G sensitivity, better is the low light performance.
NIR sensitivity*:NIR imaging performance is one of the most crucial features for smart surveillance, smart traffic monitoring, and agricultural applications.

  • If low light sensitivity is your key requirement, then choosing IMX462(B0423) and IMX327(B0425) will better suit your requirements
  • If you need a higher frame rate for your project, then the higher frame rate IMX462(B0423) and IMX290 (B0424) will be your first choice
  • Among the above three sensors, IMX462 has relatively high near-infrared sensitivity. If you need this feature more, it is recommended that you choose IMX462 (B0423)

Package Including

  • 1 x IMX290 Motorized IR-CUT Camera Module
  • 1 x 150mm 15pin to 22pin flex cable


  • This product uses an interchangeable M12 lens, for more options about M12 lens, please click:LK001
  • For any issues when using the camera, you can directly contact [email protected] .
  • If you have any custom requirements for this camera module, you can directly contact [email protected] for help.

Note on Supported Raspberry Pi Boards and OS
Platform Bookworm(rpicam) Bullseye(libcamera) Buster(raspistill)
Raspberry Pi 5    
Raspberry Pi 4B / 3B+ / 3A+ / Zero / Zero 2 W  
Raspberry Pi CM3 / CM3+ / CM4
(extra adapter board required)


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