thanks to RidgeRun for their initiative to provide the driver. the required hardware modification just kills the whole use case here of utilizing Pi HQ camera in Nano.
- Very few will consider soldering their camera
- It will only be used (in case of successful soldering) for nano i.e. he is losing it for Pi
The way forward I see it is that Jetson ecosystem venders to step up and manufacture these cameras in the same way they did for the original Pi camera. There were many options that are designed specifically for Nvidia boards. This is much better in many aspects.
I have purchase Leopard Imaging LI-IMX219-MIPI-FF-NANO which match somehow the same price tag for Raspberry camera and at the same time designed specifically for Nvidia with better lenses. Such initiative is what we are waiting from these venders.
I can see there are many products based on IMX477 but their price tag is above $200 which I believe includes the driver cost. This is done now free of cost. So I guess we should see the prices goes down.
In addition, it might be better to utilise the power of Nvidia SPI here to design the camera in a better way to adopt the full features of this sensor e.g. HDR, 4-lanes for high frames rates instead of 2-lanes