the pi3 works perfect with OpenCV + Python! Installation can be a bit tricky though. You can find various instal guides and a plethora of information at Adrian Rosebrock's site PyImageSearch - Be awesome at learning OpenCV, Python, and computer vision
There is also a good "Install script" availiable on git hub from a chap called Will Price https://gist.github.com/willprice/c216fcbeba8d14ad1138
Hope this helps and happy OpenCV'ing!!
If you decide to do this project I would like for you to blog here about your experience.
I too have some projects I would like to use OpenCV on, so I would love to see how easy it is for you to pick up and learn.
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There is an introduction to using OpenCV here which may be of interest
It's an APRESS Open book so the PDF is a free download.
The book was written for the Intel Galileo board but it may still be of some interest.
I have used OpenCV in my [Pi IoT] Plant Health Camera #11 - Summary design challenge project.
Information about installing OpenCV: [Pi IoT] Plant Health Camera #5 - OpenCV
I used the translation function to allign images ([Pi IoT] Plant Health Camera #8 - Aligning the images) which for the more complex models like Afine and Homography was a bit time consuming. I didn't test those an a real PC to compare with.
I'm thinking about starting a project that focuses on computer vision using opencv. Main objective will be identifying moving objects and making some decisions. Anyone here got experience in using Opencv with Camera module 2.0 with raspberry pi 3 B? If so, is the processing power enough to handle this video processing part?