by StereoPi

An open source stereoscopic camera based on Raspberry Pi

View all updates Sep 13, 2019

Raspbian Buster with OpenCV for your StereoPi, and KiCad schematic

by Eugene Pomazov

Updated OpenCV Raspbian Image

"New features always means new bugs"
Socrates, 446 BC

As a rule, we prefer to use stable releases of Raspbian and OpenCV in our images. This helps users to focus on their projects, but not on debugging some basics. As you know, Raspberry Pi foundation has released new version of Raspbian, called Buster, this July. And a lot of users try to use it with the StereoPi for their experiments.

Bad news

If you have Raspbian Buster, and will update it (rpi-update, or apt-get upgrade), than stereoscopic support will be broken. The same thing with the previous Stretch. How this problem looks like:

  • running raspistill with -3d option shows you preview image and freezes
  • running raspivid with -3d option shows you preview and freezes
  • running any Python scripts using PiCamera leads to stuck of the script
  • you can not shutdown system properly and need to power it off

The reason is that in the latest updates Raspberry Pi adds some new features (may be for upcoming products), and occasionally broke this mode. It is normal situation with the latest updates, and we hope fixes will be released soon. But while waiting for this fixes you need to do your experiments, right?

So we dug up all this stuff and found a solution for you.

Good news

If you use Raspbian Buster image downloaded from, it has firmware and Linux kernel 4.19.57 And this is a stable release without stereoscopic capture problem! So the only thing you should keep in your mind, that you need to avoid installing Raspbian updates.

For our previous OpenCV image we just rolled out our image. Today we decided to not only share ready-to-use Raspbian image, but to also share a guide of cooking it.

So if you wish to do Raspbian Buster image with OpenCV - follow this guide.

If you want to download this image, you can use one of this links:

Google Drive

Yandex Disk

File size is 1.87 Gb, unpacked image needs 8 Gb microSD or eMMC size.


We’ve also preloaded our latest stereopi-fisheye-robot tutorial to this image. It already includes one new script for building 2D map from depth map for your indoor robot, and we’ll share new guide next week.

StereoPi KiCad schematics

With the help of our users society, we have KiCad schematics of the StereoPi board! You can find it in our GitHub repo here:

This is the first version of schematics, and there are still a lot of things to do. But the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. (c) Lao Tzu

Stay tuned!

About the Author

Eugene Pomazov

StereoPi  ·  Realizator  ·   St. Petersburg

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Product Choices


StereoPi AnyCase Kit

With AnyCase Kit you can get your setup in a 10 minutes, before you go to your 3D printer or laser cut machine! You can assemble any case with 25, 65, 120 or 200 mm stereobase, or for 360 degree video with just a screwdriver! And you have 12 more camera ribbons now, do not afraid to bend you cables in your bold experiments!


StereoPi Slim Edition

Perfect for DIY ninjas and those wanting to embed StereoPi in a tight space. This board is the same as the standard edition, but without all the bulky connectors - the Ethernet RJ45 jack, GPIO header, and dual USB Type-A connector have not been populated. To use this board, you will need your own Raspberry Pi Compute Module, cameras, and camera ribbon cables. Two short power cables already included.


StereoPi Starter Kit

This kit has everything you need to get started right away. The kit includes one StereoPi Standard Edition board, two V1 cameras (w/ ~20 cm ribbon cables), one Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 + Lite, and everything in the StereoPi Accessories Kit (two short ribbon cables, one USB power cable, two power cables, one V1/V2 dual-camera mounting plate, and one wide-angle dual-camera mounting plate). We've also included a microSD card pre-imaged with Raspbian and all the stereoscopic video and image demos you see on this project page.


StereoPi Deluxe Kit

This kit includes everything in the StereoPi Starter Kit and adds two wide-angle (160°) cameras (w/ ~20 cm ribbon cables). With this kit, you'll be able to run all of the demos shown on this project page and start experimenting on your own. You will reign supreme over your stereoscopic domain.



We are a small team of geeks who have been making remote-controlled things with livestreaming video since 2010. We've done everything from boats and planes, to robots, copters, and VR helmets. If we can't find the right tools for our projects, we build them ourselves.


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