Raspberry Pi

How to install picamraw using pip

First try installing it normally:

sudo pip3 install picamraw

In case that fails with this error message (like for me):

Looking in indexes: https://pypi.org/simple, https://www.piwheels.org/simple
Collecting picamraw
Could not install packages due to an EnvironmentError: 404 Client Error: Not Found for url: https://www.piwheels.org/simple/picamraw/

download it and install it manually: Copy the link of the most recent .whl file from https://pypi.org/project/picamraw/#files, download it using wget and install it using pip3, e.g.:

wget https://files.pythonhosted.org/packages/1e/47/4efb0d0ab5d40142424e7f3db545e276733a45bd7f7f9095919ef30c96b3/picamraw-1.2.64-py3-none-any.whl
sudo pip3 install picamraw-1.2.64-py3-none-any.whl


Posted by Uli Köhler in Python, Raspberry Pi

How to capture Raspi Camera image using OpenCV & Python

First, install OpenCV for Python 3:

sudo apt install python3-opencv

Here’s the code to acquire the image and store it in image.png:

#!/usr/bin/env python3
import cv2
video_capture = cv2.VideoCapture(0)
# Check success
if not video_capture.isOpened():
    raise Exception("Could not open video device")
# Read picture. ret === True on success
ret, frame = video_capture.read()

cv2.imwrite('image.png', frame)
# Close device

Run it using

python3 cv-raspicapture.py


Posted by Uli Köhler in OpenCV, Python, Raspberry Pi

How to fix Raspi camera ‘mmal_vc_component_create: failed to create component ‘vc.ril.camera’ (1:ENOMEM)’


You are trying to acess the Raspberry Pi camera using raspistill or raspivid, but you see an error message like this:

mmal: Cannot read camera info, keeping the defaults for OV5647
mmal: mmal_vc_component_create: failed to create component 'vc.ril.camera' (1:ENOMEM)
mmal: mmal_component_create_core: could not create component 'vc.ril.camera' (1)
mmal: Failed to create camera component
mmal: main: Failed to create camera component
mmal: Camera is not enabled in this build. Try running "sudo raspi-config" and ensure that "camera" has been enabled


The most common issue here is that you don’t have the camera interface enabled. Read How to enable Raspberry Pi camera using raspi-config for instructions on how to do that.

If the camera interface has already been enabled (remember that you need to reboot for the changes to take effect), the most likely reason for error messages like this is that the camera is not connected correctly to the Raspberry Pi:

  • Is the CSI cable inserted the right way? The silvery contacts need to face away from the Ethernet connector!
  • Is the CSI cable fully seated?
  • Did you insert the CSI cable into the Display connector? It needs to be inserted into the CSI connector, which is the one closer to the Ethernet connector.
  • Is the other end of the CSI cable correctly attached to the camera board?
Posted by Uli Köhler in Embedded, Raspberry Pi

How to enable Raspberry Pi camera using raspi-config

You can enable the camera interface by running

sudo raspi-config

Select 5 Interfacing Options and press Return.

Now select P1 Camera and press Return.

Select Yes and press Return.

Now that the camera interface has been enabled, press Return.

Press Tab twice to select Finish and press Return. You are now asked if you want to reboot:

Select Yes and wait for your Raspberry Pi to reboot. Your camera interface will be enabled after the reboot.

In case you are not asked to reboot, your camera interface was already enabled. In this case, select Finish on the main raspi-config screen by pressing Tab twice and pressing Return:

After pressing Return, check your shell again. Reboot (sudo reboot) so that any previous settings will take effect and then try

sudo raspistill -o myimg.jpg

in order to test your camera.

Posted by Uli Köhler in Embedded, Raspberry Pi

How to fix Raspi camera ‘failed to open vchiq instance’


You are trying to access the Raspberry Pi camera using raspistill or raspivid. Although you already enabled the camera interface using raspi-config, you see this error message:

* failed to open vchiq instance


Your user does not have the permissions to access the camera interface. As a quick fix, you can run raspistill or raspivid as root using sudo, or add your user to the video group to acquire the required permissions:

usermod -a -G video $USER

After doing this, log out and log back in again for the changes to take effect – or close your SSH session and connect again. If in doubt, try to reboot.

Posted by Uli Köhler in Embedded, Raspberry Pi