DIY USB Webcam with RPi Zero and 5MP Camera kit

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Note: There is no built-in Microphone, you will need a headset that has a built-in mic if that is necessary.

With the Covid-19 Pandemic swapping the world since the earlier of 2020, the demand for USB webcam has spike up due to work and learn from the home trend, for the parents and also children.

The rising demand for USB webcam has resulted in a spike in the price too. Fear no more, we are getting a DIY USB Webcam with Raspberry Pi Zero (low cost) single-board computer for you. This kit here will get you a plug and use USB webcam within 10 minutes :)

With the contribution by many makers, for example, Jeff Gerling, that showcase the DIY USB Webcam with Raspberry Pi Zero with HQ Camera  + Lens. He also simplified the installation processes:

We packed a lower-cost version with a 5MP camera module and simplifying the processes by getting the USB webcam ready OS from showmewebcam. So basically, you get this kit, load the image from showmewebcam into the MicroSD card using Raspberry Pi Imager, insert it into the Raspberry Pi Zero, assemble the camera module into the official case, connect the USB micro B cable to your laptop/computer USB port, and wait for around 15 seconds, you will get the USB webcam ready for your conference call, Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Team, Streamyard, OBS, and other video streaming or recording apps.

With showmewebcam, you do not need to install a program in Raspberry Pi OS, it is ready as a USB webcam after it boots up on Raspberry Pi Zero. So you do not need a keyboard or mouse, or another monitor. For more detailed steps, please refer to our tutorial here. You can actually configure the USB webcam through the serial port using PuTty:

You can also get a smartphone holder and tripod (separately) to hold it properly during a conference call:

Warranty Period: 12 months
  • DIY (Do It Yourself) USB Webcam Kit
  • Comes with everything you need to get it up as a USB Webcam
  • A 5-megapixel camera module is included that can offers:
    • 2.1MP, 1920 x 1080 (16:9) of picture
    • 720p 16:9 30fps of video
  • Load the image, plug, and use! No special driver installation, no login to Raspberry Pi OS too.
  • No driver installation is needed on your computer/laptop, it is plug and use
  • Compatible with Windows, macOS, Linux, Rapsberry Pi OS
Packing List
  • Raspberry Pi Zero Board
  • Official Raspberry Pi Zero Case
  • 5MP Camera Module for Raspberry Pi
  • 32GB Raspberry Pi Approved MakerDisk Class 10 U1 microSD
  • USB MicroSD Card Reader and Writer
  • USB Micro B Cable

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Tags: DIY, Do It Yourself, USB Cam, Webcam, Raspberry Pi