I don't really have the chance to get a raspberry pi camera. But I have tons of old phones and tons of phone cameras. Is there any way I can turn them into a camera that works with raspberry pi ?

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    yes ... there is a way to do almost anything
    – jsotola
    Commented Jun 30, 2021 at 0:34
  • It is possible. All you have to do is get a specification for the camera, design and build an interface and write the software. You would be better to stop buying phones then you could afford to buy a supported camera.
    – Milliways
    Commented Jun 30, 2021 at 9:19
  • The phoned are not mine tbh. They are mostly my friends' , relatives' old phones
    – Dogukan
    Commented Jun 30, 2021 at 12:49
  • see forums.raspberrypi.com/viewtopic.php?t=8270
    – ccpizza
    Commented Jul 30, 2023 at 13:18

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I use a linux solution called 'motion' to stream from both Raspberry PI Cameras and from remote IP based cameras. If you don't want to have to build motion on your PI there is a image based distro called 'MotionEyes' which uses motion and has a nice web based interface so its simple to install and configure.


For your phones there is a iOS/Android app called 'Periscope' which turn out phone into a RTSP web camera. So you can stream video/audio from it.

Works very well and certainly for iOS its free.. https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/periscope-hd-h-264-rtsp-cam/id1095600218

  • Hey thanks but unfortunately the phones are not working. The cameras are working. I ve taken them apart from the phone
    – Dogukan
    Commented Jun 30, 2021 at 12:48

I hate this is so old but maybe I can share something useful for other people who love doing projects. If your Camera has an OEM sensor/pin out Arducam does make a kit that allows you to use it with Raspberry PI. I am sure with their drivers and I do not know what quality it would be. It is also a 3rd party product so I don't know what rep the company has only some information I found a while back when I was wondering the same thing you are.

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