Raspberry Pi Zero Model W Tutorial 2: Making a Wireless Portable IP Camera

Raspberry Pi Zero W Camera
Super Cool Portable Wireless streaming IP Camera

This is a super cool project where we build a concealable, portable, live streaming IP camera based on the Raspberry Pi Zero Model W, and the Raspberry Pi camera module. In order to do this lesson, you need to start with Lesson 1,  where we show you how to get the IP address of your Pi zero, and how to get it booted. For this project, you need a Raspberry Pi Zero Model W. If you do not have one, you can get the ESSENTIAL HARDWARE HERE.  In addition, you will need the Raspberry Pi  Camera, which you can GET HERE.  The Pi Zero needs a special Camera Cable, which you can get HERE.

That should be the equipment you need to this really fun project. When you are ready to go, the instructions are in the video below.

19 thoughts on “Raspberry Pi Zero Model W Tutorial 2: Making a Wireless Portable IP Camera”

  1. Is this gonna be okay to use the power bank having a rating of 5.1 V and 2.1 amp output with RBPi 3 and RBPi Zero W?????

    1. If the System will run off a USB, I think it should be good with a USB based power/battery system.

  2. Yes sir like you are using a usb power source, mine is also same but having the afforsaid output rating and I shall try to run the system with that usb power/battery system & thanks for the info.

  3. Great lesson. Making an order now for the cable. Is this streaming easily accessible from the internet?


    1. To do that, your Raspberry Pi would need a public IP address. To do that depends on what type of network you are on. That is beyond what I can really make a simple tutorial on, but might be something to do some research on.

  4. loved your tutorial (as always).

    If you buy an official pi zero case (about £6 in the UK), it comes with the camera cable.


  5. Is the OTG power source, called a “USB power pack” in the video, one of the many OTG chargers that are available for charging cell phones? I just want to confirm that this is the right power source for the Pi Zero.

  6. Sir, with all due respect i wish to know that, can xbee s1 / xbee s1 PRO be programmed when it is attached with an xbee shield and that shield is also attached to arduino uno??? Because sir in my country xbee usb explorer isn’t available in cheap.

    Looking for your advice sir

  7. Hello Paul,
    When using the Raspberry Pi Zero W could I use a USB camera instead of the cable connected one ?
    Thank you for a great series of talks.

    1. You could try to get a usb camera to work, but this lesson would not apply to that. This lesson is specific to the Raspberry Pi camera.

  8. Is there going to be a lesson on the ethernet over ham. Or could you possibly direct me in that direction. Awsome lessons 🙂

    1. I am not making a lesson on that because there are so many legalities . . . do you have the right license class, what are the laws where you live, what radios are available where you live. Best I could advise is use 1 watt WiFi radios, and use as big of antenna as you legally can.

  9. Is this gonna be okay to use a usb power supply of 5V, 2.1A-3.6A with arduino uno r3 and arduino mega r3?

  10. This is only accessing camera locally need to show how to login and be able to see the camera from the outside world!

  11. Cool!
    How small of a battery can you use?
    I was thinking of getting a Li-Po. but would it work?

    Also, are you planning to make a tutorial on controlling a motor with a Pi Zero? (I can’t get a L293D to work…)


  12. Did the same thing with the CHIP and a usb camera. Have the Pi-W and camera to try this setup. My main concern is how secure is this? Did not go thru the other Pi tutorial to see if this is addressed. Would this software leave a hole in my network or does it only work inside my network. Can the camera be access with a browser on my phone from anywhere and be secure?

    1. did not address any security issues. Just a simple how to on getting video to stream from the pi. Security would depend on many things outside the scope of this lesson.

  13. Have you tried setting up the RPi Zero W using it’s wifi capability in dual AP + Station modes? There are ways to do this with the RPi 3 but I’ve had no success doing this with the Zero W model. My plan is to connect to remote cameras via wifi AND connect to the web.

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