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What is a reasonable speed to expect from the raspberry pi camera board? It seems to take about 15-20 seconds per photo in some cases - is this just how it works or are there some hidden settings that need to be changed?

I am using RaspiStill - I'm just entering

raspistill -o test.jpg
  • What are you using to take picture with the camera board? Using the default camera software I can take a picture almost instantaneously. – syb0rg Sep 15 '13 at 18:21
  • Are you running resource intensive software when running that command? Are you sure you connected the camera properly (the connectors are not loose or something)? – syb0rg Sep 16 '13 at 3:40
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    You wont get more than 5~6 FPS because of the internal buffering and inefficient encoding. The foundation is working on this, especially the V2L driver. This will finally enable use to get 60FPS Full HD JPG! But that is on the way... – Piotr Kula Sep 16 '13 at 16:36
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Running that command on it's own will use the default delay (between 10 and 30 seconds, can't remember off the top of my head).

If you want to specify a delay you need to pass the -t parameter to raspistill.

e.g. raspistill -o test.jpg -t 5000 will take a photo after a 5 second time delay.

  • Be aware that the delay is there for the camera to determine the correct exposure settings. If you set it too short you may not get correctly exposed photos. – Craig Sep 16 '13 at 21:47
  • A very good point, probably something I should have mentioned as I have been having problems with exposure lately and this was one of the problems. – user8894 Sep 16 '13 at 21:57

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