Please ensure that your Raspberry Pi OS is up to date by following the official Raspberry Pi guide - a recent update contains the new libraries necessary for the new camera modules.
Note that Buster and previous Pi OS (Raspbian) do not support the new Raspberry Pi cameras.
Raspberry Pi Camera Module 3 Wide is a compact camera from Raspberry Pi. It offers an IMX708 12-megapixel sensor with HDR, and features phase detection autofocus. This is the wide version with an infrared cut filter.
Camera Module 3 can be used to take full HD video as well as stills photographs, and features an HDR mode up to 3 megapixels. Its operation is fully supported by the libcamera library, including Camera Module 3’s rapid autofocus feature: this makes it easy for beginners to use, while offering plenty for advanced users. Camera Module 3 is compatible with all Raspberry Pi computers, excluding early Raspberry Pi Zero models, which lack the necessary FPC connector. Later Raspberry Pi Zero models require an adapter FPC, sold separately.
The PCB size and mounting holes remain the same as for Camera Module 2. The Z dimension differs: due to the improved optics, Camera Module 3 is several millimeters taller than Camera Module 2.
Important: Before connecting this camera, always shut down your Raspberry Pi computer and disconnect it from external power.