I was just wondering if I could use a normal webcam that is NOT officialy Raspberry Pi endorsed?

I am using a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B


Yes it is possible to use a standard USB webcam with the Pi.

For example if you are running Raspbian:

First install fswebcam:

sudo apt-get install fswebcam

You can use the webcam by running:

fswebcam image.jpg

This will take a jpeg picture and save it with the filename image.

Use the -r tag to specify the resolution of the image:

fswebcam -r 1280x720 image2.jpg

For more information on this you can check out the official documentation.

Quick side note:

There isn't any officially endorsed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation webcams as far as I am aware. Although you might be interested in the Raspberry Pi Camera module which connects via a ribbon cable to the camera connector on the Pi. This is a product that was released by the Foundation.

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