This series of posts is to document the creation of a “RetroPi” camera, using a 1982 vintage Lomo Lubitel 166B Twin Lens Reflex camera (TLR) as the case, and a Raspberry Pi HQ camera module. It will cover the hardware choices, modifications and assembly, the creation of the operating system and environment, and the creation of the program to control the functions of the camera and its hardware.
Recently, Raspberry Pi has released a new camera module, the HQ. This is a 12 Mega Pixel module with a mount for interchangeable lenses. It plugs into a Raspberry Pi computer using the included ribbon cable. There are many entries on the web concerning the creation of cameras using this and lesser camera modules, including the creation of “Retro” cameras, using existing cameras and other hardware (such as video cameras etc) as a basis for a digital camera. These posts and the hardware itself, as well as other home automation programs I have written recently, are the inspiration for this project.