How to use the camera module on a Raspberry Pi 3 running Fedora 29?

Pretty simple. Upgrade the system.

Enable the camera module by adding this line in /boot/efi/config.txt, then reboot.


Once rebooted, load this module

sudo modprobe bcm2835-v4l2

Check if the device is in place.

ls -l /dev/video*

You can load the module at boot time (need improvement)

echo bcm2835-v4l2 > /etc/modules-load.d/bcm2835-v4l2.conf

Include your user in the video group, in order to avoid root or sudo

usermod -a -G video $USER

Let’s install some software (please note: there are a lot of dependencies here)

dnf install gstreamer1 gstreamer1-plugins-good v4l-utils fswebcam

In order to test the camera, we can take a picture with fswebcam

fswebcam -d /dev/video0 -r 640x480 --jpeg 85 test.jpg

In order to test streaming, we can use gstreamer

On the Raspberry Pi

gst-launch-1.0 -v v4l2src ! \
"image/jpeg,width=320,height=240,framerate=30/1" ! \
rtpjpegpay ! \
udpsink host=DST_IP port=5002

And on your PC (the DST_IP)

gst-launch-1.0  -e -v udpsrc port=5002 ! \
application/x-rtp, encoding-name=JPEG, payload=26 ! \
rtpjpegdepay ! \
jpegdec ! \

Last note: I didn’t use an official RPi camera, but a camera bought for less than 10 euros on a famous e-commerce web site. However also the official camera was reported to work.