Raspberry Pi camera crashing

I have my raspberry pi 3 b v1.2 (2015), connected to a monitor, keyboard, mouse and Rasperry Pi cam V2. When I run the basic raspistill -v -o test.jpg the camera displays an image for a couple seconds, but glitches the GUI and then crashes. (you can see what I mean from the photos I have attached) When I try running a basic python code using opencv the program freezes the pi and fails to display an image.

Here’s what I’ve done to troubleshoot so far:

  • Reconnecting the cables and check that ribbon cable is seated properly at both the Pi board and camera
  • updating the firmware and all the necessary packages
  • increasing the GPU memory
  • checking the power supply is sufficient

Do you have any idea on what might be the problem?
IMG_8268 IMG_8267

Hi Madeline,

What version of Raspbian are you running? Have you run an upgrade lately?

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

I have updated Raspbian. This did not solve my problem.

With anything to do with the Pi Cam, it is always worth checking the SMD connector as shown in this picture.

I pushed in all the connections. I tried upgrading it again, it seems like when I initially did the upgrades some packages didn’t install. It seems to be working now, thanks for the help. :slight_smile:


Upgrading can be a hit and miss. The Raspbian archive sometimes takes too long to respond and can depend on the time of day. If the upgrade uses the Australian mirror I usually have no problem. I have found the following to work best. (apt gives better information than apt-get)

sudo apt update
sudo apt install
sudo apt upgrade

With one design I thought the upgrade had broken the Pi operating system. But when I checked the script it showed a package had not loaded correctly.