Is there anyway to connect wires from a camera to GPIO pins on a Raspberry Pi to use/control the camera?

In my case this is the camera. MC900 Mini CCTV camera

I to look something like this Wiring

  • 1
    what are the pins labelled? I suspect VCC, GND and Composite?
    – kwasmich
    Feb 12, 2020 at 15:40
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    pin1-dc5v pin2-gnd pin3-video out
    – Hussein
    Feb 12, 2020 at 15:48
  • Then the answer is you cannot do it. Get the Pi camera. Feb 13, 2020 at 9:23

3 Answers 3


This is an analogue camera. The Raspberry Pi only has digital inputs. You will need to buy a USB Video grabber to convert the analogue signal into something the Raspberry Pi can process.

  • The control interface might be possible to use directly (it depends what it actually is) but the video interface is not.
    – user253751
    Feb 12, 2020 at 15:47
  • So I can't connect it directly?
    – Hussein
    Feb 12, 2020 at 16:15
  • @kwasmich and sorry one more question can I use a 3.5 adapter instead of the usb link
    – Hussein
    Feb 12, 2020 at 16:24
  • No, the 3.5 jack on the pi can only output audio and video.
    – kwasmich
    Feb 12, 2020 at 16:37
  • @kwasmich thanks a lot, one last question: what do you think, because of arduino having an analogue inputs is it a good idea to connect this camera to arudino uno then stream the video to the pi and is it going to slow down the pi? (I'm working on a python project with the opencv library so I need the video in the real time)
    – Hussein
    Feb 12, 2020 at 19:37

If you want, you can attach a camera via the GPIO pins to a Raspberry PICO. I'm building a wildlife/trail camera, and am using the PICO instead of a full RPI single board computer.

Here is the link to the documentation which shows the cameras you need to use.

SPI Camera for Raspberry PI PICO


If GPIO 3 failed then GPIO 4 or GPIO 16 are also usable. Make sure to use a ground and a electric input depending on the camera! I use 3+4 and the 3.4V +ground since my camera was a salvation from an old phone! Mostly these are around 3.5V!

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