PiShot: Ultra High Speed Photography using $5 Cameras


I had always wanted to recreate the bullet-time effect from the Matrix. But this gets really expensive and doesn’t scale well if you are using a $300 DSLR for every camera. PiShot makes use of $5 Raspberry Pi Camera modules to get a similar effect.

The main challenge was to hack the Pi camera drivers to work in global exposure mode instead of rolling shutter, and making sure that the 16 Raspberry Pi’s were all timed just right to the external strobe light.

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