Gerrit Niezen


Following on Part 1 and Part 2, this post is about my ongoing adventures in building my own webcam.

I got the software working yesterday, but still needed to put everything in a suitable enclosure to mount on top of my monitor. I found out that I can mount my small GorillaPod tripod on top of my monitor arm with its magnetic feet, such that the camera peeks out above the monitor itself. Now I just needed a suitable enclosure.

I searched Thingiverse and PrusaPrinters and came across this design specifically made for the Raspberry Pi Zero and HQ camera. I printed the parts and everything just worked. I even had the right length M2.5 screws and nuts on hand to close everything up.

DIY Webcam made with Raspberry Pi

There are some parts that I still want to improve:

  • The Pi Zero W that I bought has a header soldered on, as the regular one was out of stock. This means that the enclosure doesn't close completely. I'd like to replace this with a regular Pi Zero without header. It also doesn't need WiFi, as I can talk to it over USB.
  • The USB connection is currently at the top. I'd like to switch it around to make it look a bit neater.

Apart from those two niggles, I'm perfectly happy with my new webcam!

DIY webcam mounted on monitor

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