Raspberry Pi Camera VS NOIR

As you probably know, there are two different sorts of Raspberry Pi camera’s the normal camera, and then there is the Raspberry Pi Noir camera.

In this guide, I will take you through the pros and cons of each of the cameras so you can acquire the one best for your project.

There are many significant differences between the two cameras, but most people will only need a regular Raspberry Pi camera.

The best way to the grasp the differences between the two cameras would be to see it in action visually, and that’s why I created the video right under the equipment section.


The equipment I used to carry out this guide is listed below.

Raspberry Pi x2

Raspberry Pi Camera

Raspberry Pi NOIR camera

Camera Cases x 2

Power Packs x2

IR Illuminator


The video will show you both the Raspberry Pi camera and the Raspberry NOIR camera and the main differences between the two cameras. This video includes displaying the differences at night and during the day.

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Raspberry Pi Camera and NOIR Camera Daytime Shots

If you look at the image below you can see that the camera that doesn’t have the IR (Infrared) filter is washed out and doesn’t look nearly as good and clear as the one on the right that does have the filter.

The image quality is probably the main difference between the two during the day. I did notice some image tearing with the NOIR camera. However, I am not sure if this was a camera issue or the connection to the Pi.

You can still do some pretty cool photography with the NOIR camera during the day, but if you’re after a clear normal picture then the standard Raspberry Pi camera board is the way to go.

The standard Raspberry Pi camera is perfect if you plan on doing a time-lapse, webcam server or any other project where the image quality has a significant impact on the overall result of the project.

Daytime Pi Camera

Night Time Shots with IR Illuminator

If you plan on doing night time filming or photos, then the NOIR camera is the way to go. By using an IR illuminator, you’re able to get Raspberry Pi night vision as you can clearly see in the photo below. The NOIR camera also can see a lot better in low light environments even without the assistance of the IR illuminator.

The NOIR has quite a few uses apart from just allowing you to film at night. It has been used to do cool creative photography and can even be used to monitor the health of green plants.

You’re also able to use the Raspberry NOIR camera for surveillance systems (vision at night very important), nightlife watcher and much more.

Night-time Pi Camera

Hopefully, this guide has helped you be able to decide which Raspberry Pi camera you will need for your future project. There are benefits and cons to both of them, but hopefully, this guide has been clear enough to point out what those differences are.

If you’re looking to start a new Raspberry Pi project, then you should check out some of the cool projects I currently have up. I also have plenty more on the way, so make sure you check back in the future.

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