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Principal Software Engineer at Raspberry Pi (Trading) Ltd.Contrary to popular belief, humorous signatures are allowed. "My grief counseller just died, luckily, he was so good, I didn't care." I was certainly not suggesting multiplexing a frame rate. I was only thinking that the init, acg, capture, shutdown sequence might be directed to one of N cameras.Preview frame rate would not be an issue, if it worked at all, since it would still be just one camera, one data stream.
It's the simplest and possibly the cheapest option, with best performance.(I do not encourage this though, the CSI connector is not developed to work like this and if you had a discharge through the connector you can break it) But the main issue is getting an analogue multiplex between multiple 1GBit CSI channels, maybe there is a device out there that would enable this...You'd also have to multiplex between the I2C because only one must respond at a time and they'll all have the same I2C device address.If some custom circuitry and camera management software development is an option for you you may be able to multiplex several Pi Cams onto the one CSI port. I can't say it will work, but it may be a place to start. For just two Pis cams: Connect the two Pis with a network (could be just a Cat5 cable).thank you for replying, i am interested in option b, since we are looking into capturing jpegs instead of video. if i would to connect 2 raspberry pi boards each with their own pi cameras, is it possible to save the jpegs into one storage ? if i am wrong, please point me to the right direction as i am new in electronics. Mount a USB hard disk on one of the Pis and share the mount point as a network drive. On each Pi specify a file on the HD mount point as output for your jpgs. Is the objective to capture video simultaneously from multiple cameras at normal frame rates?