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Pimoroni OctoCam - Pi Zero W Project Kit with 5MP Camera

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About this product


  • Program your own smart monitoring 5MP camera in an octopus design
  • Includes Pi Zero W with built-in wireless LAN and Bluetooth
  • Soldering required; overall build time of approx. 30 minutes

Product overview

  • Program your own smart monitoring 5MP camera in a quirky, red octopus design
  • Includes Pi Zero W with built-in wireless LAN and Bluetooth
  • MotionEyeOS Software for simple set up and monitoring through your connected web browser
  • Motion detection can trigger photo or video capture
  • Send direct notifications and automatically sync images and footage to Cloud storage
  • Ideal for time lapse videos or as a compact CCTV camera
  • Mountable with the included suction cups and desktop ready with included stand
  • Soldering required, with an overall build time of approximately 30 minutes 
  • Requires a Micro SD card (not included)

Build and program your own CCTV camera
The OctoCam Pi Zero W Project Kit enables you to program your own smart monitoring camera. This project is perfect for anyone who wants to explore coding applications in a fun and functional way. The kit includes everything you need to build your own mini CCTV camera, including the Pi Zero W which has built-in wireless LAN and Bluetooth, making it an incredibly compact unit. The Pi Zero W is the single core CPU through which you can control the 5MP camera, setting recording times or motioned triggered photo and video capture.

Soldering and the build
The overall build takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Please note that the Pi Zero W has a male 2x20 pin header that needs to be soldered onto the board (soldering equipment not included). Please see the attached guide for soldering with young children in the downloads section. The kit includes all adaptors needed so you can set up your kit right out of the box. All you need to add to get recording, is a micro-SD card. The enclosure for your Pi and camera is a quirky octopus, cast out of robust but lightweight acrylic. Fitting this unit together is simple using the plastic bolts and nuts provided. The OctoCam has four rubber suckers which can be used to mount it to a window; this is ideal positioning for CCTV monitoring or weather time lapse recordings. Alternatively, you can use the acrylic desk stand to have your octopus friend by your side as you work, or up on a shelf as a non-obtrusive baby or pet monitor.

MotionEyeOS Software
With the addition of a micro-SD card, you can download the MotionEyeOS software. A step by step guide of how to write the file onto a micro-SD card can be found here: This software allows you to set your OctoCam up as a remote monitoring device through a connected web browser. You can choose to code your OctoCam to only record when triggered by motion, or build a continuous, time-lapse video which you can view and stream directly to your mobile devices. You can also set your OctoCam to send you notifications or Tweets each time a photo is taken, which is ideal if you are using it for CCTV monitoring while you are away. MotionEyeOS can sync all captured and recorded content to your Dropbox or Google Drive account. However you want to use your Pi camera, the OctoCam software will makes it as simple and customisable as possible.




GPIO Type:




Starter Kit

Supplied Board:

Pi Zero W

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Package Contents:

1x Pi Zero W
1x 5MP camera with built-in cable and circuitry
1x OctoCam acrylic mount, suction cups, deskstand
1x 50cm USB A to micro B (male) adaptor
1x Mini to full-size HDMI adaptor
1x Male 2x20 pin header
1x Sticker sheet
1x Reusable kit box

Operating Specification




1Ghz ARM11 Broadcom CPU


Videocore IV



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