Farnell has announced that it's started shipping the Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera with a 12-megapixel ultra-definition-resolution camera and interchangeable lenses.

The first-of-its-kind to hit the market, the camera is intended for professional and consumer applications which require high levels of visual fidelity and integration with specialist optics.

The camera is able to capture still images and video footage and is compatible with all models of Raspberry Pi boards from the Raspberry Pi 1 Model B onwards and can be used as a desktop camera.

The camera is also suitable for a wide range of professional applications including machine vision, robotics, industrial and agriculture and can be used for both home and professional security systems which operate in low ambient light conditions.

The camera can also be programmed to collect data to support facial and number plate recognition and parking space monitoring.

Professional designers will find the camera and interchangeable lens combinations simple to integrate into monitoring and quality control systems while educators, makers and consumers will relish in the camera’s capability and functionality to take Raspberry Pi projects to new horizons.

The ultra-definition camera extracts more information from the lens to create higher quality, content rich images that could not be achieved by the existing Raspberry Pi Camera Module v2.

Commenting Sarah Fawcett, Global Program Manager – SBC, at Farnell said, “The potential of the Raspberry Pi Camera is limitless. It enables all kinds of image processing where customers need to gather more refined information to enhance multimedia and visual products. The new ultra-high-resolution camera with state-of-the-art interchangeable lenses is a valuable addition to Farnell’s Raspberry Pi portfolio."