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Hi, we’re libcamera.

An open source camera stack and framework for Linux, Android, and ChromeOS

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A complex camera support library for Linux, Android, and ChromeOS

Cameras are complex devices that need heavy hardware image processing operations. Control of the processing is based on advanced algorithms that must run on a programmable processor. This has traditionally been implemented in a dedicated MCU in the camera, but in embedded devices algorithms have been moved to the main CPU to save cost. Blurring the boundary between camera devices and Linux often left the user with no other option than a vendor-specific closed-source solution.

To address this problem the Linux media community is collaborating with the industry to develop a camera stack that is open-source-friendly while still protecting vendor core IP. libcamera was born out of that collaboration and offers modern camera support to Linux-based systems, including traditional Linux distributions, ChromeOS and Android.

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What’s New

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    09 September - libcamera @ELCE 2022

    The libcamera team is demonstrating the latest open source camera developments at Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2022 in Dublin. Two demonstractions are set up to present three different hardware platforms, all running open source 3A control algorithms.

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    07 September - GSoC 2021: Final report for multistream support in the GStreamer element

    This is Google Summer of Code 2021 project under libcamera aimed at achieving:

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    16 March - bugs.libcamera.org is now available

    The bug tracker is now online. You can use it to report bugs, express wishes, discuss and follow up on issues, and even to find open issues to hack on if you want to get into libcamera development. Happy bug squashing!

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    13 March - GSoC 2021: libcamera has been accepted as a mentor organization!

    libcamera is excited to announce that it is selected for Google Summer of Code 2021 as a mentoring organization for the first time.

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    05 May - libcamera powers Raspberry Pi’s Open Source Camera System

    Traditionally, configuring a camera device on an embedded Linux system has involved a twisty maze of libraries, frameworks, and proprietary vendor blobs. Now, the libcamera project has supported Raspberry Pi (Trading) Ltd. with its release of the Raspberry Pi Open Source Camera System, using libcamera to offer the first product-quality fully open camera stack.

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