Pi Zero Case One-Minute Mod

This post covers a very quick project, which takes about one minute to complete, and is inspired by The PiHut’s ZeroView.

You’ll need:

  • a Raspberry Pi Zero or Pi Zero W
  • the official Raspberry Pi Zero Case
  • the official Raspberry Pi Camera
  • a hobby knife
  •  two small suction cups

Mark two points on the case’s camera lid to push the suction cups through. Pay attention to provide enough clearance to not bump into the camera module.

Using a hobby knife, carve out the two holes in a rotating motion. Alternatively, you could use a drill for this. Make sure the holes are not too large, the suction cups need to remain attached to the lid.

Push the suction cups into the holes, install the camera module and put the lid back on the case. The case can now be attached to windows.

Have fun!

11 thoughts on “Pi Zero Case One-Minute Mod

    1. Up to you to decide. It allows you to attach Pi and camera to a window to monitor your garden for example. Or attach it to the plexi door of your 3D printer to create timelapses. Etc …

  1. Great idea! I find that if I paint the case black there are fewer reflections of the case in the image. However, in hot settings where the sun shines through the window, a black case could cause overheating.

    1. Thanks! You could poke a few more holes in the lid to have an escape for the extra heat. I’m not sure there is enough room left for a low profile heatsink.

    1. That’s what it says on the very first line of the post:
      “This post covers a very quick project, which takes about one minute to complete, and is inspired by The PiHut’s ZeroView.” 😉

      There is a bit of reflection with this solution as well, though the lens is slightly closer to the window.

  2. Great post and thank you for sharing this!

    I am not so skilled with an hobby-knife so I used a drill bit (w/ some angle applied to work like a grinder/sander a bit to widen it enough) and some cheap suction cups i got online. ‘Got this working just fine!

    I have a ZeroView case as well and think it looks excellent but i have to admit that the cheaper default Pi Zero case (with it’s mini camera cable included) is a much more pragmatic choice when a suction cup mod like this is so easy. Thanks again Fredrick!

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