PiZoom - SolderingCam

I've build a lowcost soldering cam with zoom, using my favorite mini-pc the Raspberry Pi. Naturally it can't compare with a mantis microscope or similar high-end microscopes, but it's great for SMD soldering and other fine work, and it's quite a bit better than the cheap 10$ usb-microscopes you can get on e- bay. pizoom 01


The total cost depend a lot on where you can find the parts, mine cost me about 1000,-Dkr (£120).

You can use a Raspberry pi 3 or 4, the 7" Touchscreen Display and camera should work with both.

If you have the space for it, using an old desktop-display would lover the cost substantially.

You can find a RPI 5MP camera on e-bay for a fraction of the cost of the official RPI camera, the quality is not quite the same, but ok for most applications.

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I'll try to find sources for the rest of the components, and also upload the script I use for activating the camera.

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A cool thing to add in the future, would be a sensor that activated the fan when soldering is detected, either by sensing the particles in the air or simply by sensing the heat from the iron.