Some camera concepts

The first camera concept is developed by Lucas Ainsworth and is called Capture 180 - it takes a 180° hemispheric photograph and allows the user to view an image beyond the dimensions of a standard image. By moving the large LCD display on the back, you can see different portions of a previously taken picture:

The second concept, designed by Han In Kyung, is for a floating dual lens camera called "Underabove" that can take images simultaneously above and under water. The LCD screen combines the images taken from above and under water:

Next is a cardboard pinhole camera by Yoo Geun-hyuk & Yoon Bo-jung:

The last camera is actually real and will be available soon. According to the product website, the Poco Pro will be:

"The world's thinnest, full 1080P high definition pocket video camcorder, is also the world's smallest 14 Mega Pixel compact digital still camera, and the same size as a credit card."

Via Engadget.

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  • ZDP-189

    The idea that really struck/inspired me was the pinhole instant camera. It’s basically an instant camera in a drinks packet. You could make one in half an hour with a changing bracket. The trick is experimenting to get the exposure and focal length right. The narrow camera should give a wide angel of view. BTW, has anyone tried a pinhole camera with flash?

    • Shkacas

      Yes, but results was poor… Pinhole reacts on the light differently than lens… Pinhole need a lot more time for the light to go throught and not only because it is so tiny… So short flash durations (no matter how powerfull) will provide worse results than continuous light…

  • ZDP-189

    I’ve been looking into replicating the pinhole camera.

    Go to enter the following parameters:

    Focal length = 60mm (approximation from video)
    Pinhole diameter = 0.35 (near optimal based on focal length #12 sewing needle)
    Film Dimension = 69mm (based on Instax Mini)
    Film Speed = ISO 800 (based on Instax Mini)

    The speed that pops out of the wizard is 1/8s. That’s a bit too fast for bright sun, but anything at EV13 (cloudy/bright) or below should be quite doable with a tape shutter. The focal length and image size gives an angle of view equivalent to a 38mm. The biggest problem I foresee is there is a lot of light spill around the side of the imaging surface, so even with a black interior, you’d get some fogging. You might even get some image overlap from the two pinholes. I’d prefer a single pinhole and a single Instax 210 film which would be about the right size.

    All in all, I love the product design. Yoo Geun Hyuk and Yoon Bo Jung did a great job. I like the clever touches like having the (somewhat reflective) printing hidden behind the film, and of course the double pinhole.

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