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The new Raspberry Pi 2 is camera shy

The new Raspberry Pi 2 mini computer is very shy, and doesn't like its picture being taken.

No, it's not a living being and it's not shy, but it does have a very strange bug – whenever it gets its picture taken with a camera, and gets exposed to LED flash, it shuts down.

The weird bug was reported on the Raspberry Pi forums over the weekend, when one buyer reported his new computer's strange behaviour, asking Why is the PI2 camera shy? (opens in new tab)

Shortly after, a lot of other users reported the same bug, and one even posted a video of his Raspberry shutting down when he tried to flash it.

The problem was quickly identified: The Raspberry Pi's U16 SMPS chip - which forms part of the computer's power circuit – seems to be unshielded, making it very photo sensitive.

A simple working solution would be to place some Blu-Tack over the 'shy' chip.

The new Raspberry Pi 2 computer was released a week ago, and it's six times faster than its predecessor.

The new device has a Cortex A7 quad-core processor running at 800MHz, and a total of one GB of RAM – the double of what the first Pi computer had.

The computer was intended to run a Linux OS, but it can run Windows as well. Microsoft announced last week that it plans to give a free copy of Windows 10 to Raspberry Pi 2 owners who sign up for its non-commercial developers programme.

The price of the new Pi is around £25.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.