Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton stated in a blog post that the camera board in the tiny computer now has an 8MP Sony IMX219 sensor. He said that the old OmniVision OV5647 sensor used in the board was ended in 2014.
He said that the partners of the company bought up a massive stock but these are now almost fully diminished. That is why the company needed to bring something new.
Raspberry Pi talked with Sony and finally announced the instant availability of both visible-light and infrared cameras based on the Sony IMX219 8-megapixel sensor. The camera is very cheap.
Eben stated that in the testing process, the result of the camera was extraordinarily good. He said that the quality of the produced image was also good.
The sensor supports High-Definition video recording. The IMX219 is approximately 8.08M effective pixels. It also supports Lens Shading Correction function and two different exposure controls supporting Binning Multiplexed Exposure HDR. The company made great effort for the lens shading and AWB tuning.
According to Sony, It can be used for not only normal lens shading correction but also can serve as an individual module adjustment of difference in the lens assembly process during the module fabrication.
The IMX219PQ has the equivalent electrical features, spectral sensitivity characteristics, and CRA curve of the existing product IMX111.