Getting Started on Raspberry PI4

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This article is for 32bit Raspbian on PI4 only.

Basic Steps:

Install a standard 32 bit Raspbian. (Ignore the image on

From The Imaging Source -> Support -> Downloads install:

GStreamer Plugins -> tiscamera Linux 32 Bit Camera Library for ARMHF Architecture

Now USB and GigE Cameras can be used with tcam-capture. Also Python programming can be done.


install the GStreamer Plugin -> tcamdutils 32 Bit for Raspberry PI OS

This installed faster Debayering, ToneMapping and some more properties.

MIPI Cameras:

GStreamer Plugin -> Raspberry PI GStreamer Source for The Imaging Source MIPI Cameras

C++ Programming

The dev-packages with headers and libraries must be installed from

If a PI 5 and MIPI cameras are in use, then libcamera is used and a special configuration must be done, so libcamera knows, which sensor is in use. The IMX290 is supported well.

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