Who knew they actually made a 160-megapixel camera? Find that and more in this strange list. Which ones are your favorites?
Zippo-Style Camera Lighter
At first glance, this may look like your typical Zippo lighter, but a 640 x 480 VGA camera is revealed when you flip the lid. Other perks include 64MB of built-in memory, USB connectivity, and a photo timer + continuous shooting functions.
Just plug one side of the cord into your camera, and the other into your USB port. The software then gives you the options of printing, formatting, cropping, archiving, and manipulating your photo
Seitz 160-Megapixel Camera
That’s right, this camera by Seitz “shoots at 160 megapixels to create a native 6 x 17-cm image.” Plus, it boasts a shutter speed of 1/20,000th, 300MB/second read-out, and a ISO 500-10,000 range. One drawback, the mobile version (pictured) costs a whopping $32,266, while the studio version is priced at $33,715. This camera goes on sale in 2007. [Source]
Thanko’s Camera Binoculars
Thanko’s BINOCA01 combines the functionality of a 2.0-megapixel camera and binoculars into one device. It’s powered by two AA batteries and features 32MB of built-in memory. A few caveats: there’s no LCD to preview your shots and it’s lacking a memory card expansion slot. This device measures 116 x 67 x 37mm and weighs in at 215g. Expect to shell out $145 for this multi-purpose gadget. Available now in Japan.[Source 1 – 2]
If a cameraphone just isn’t good enough, check out this “waterproof (up to 30m) wrist-mounted GoPro Digital Hero Camera”. It’s capable of shooting 648 x 480 digital stills / 320×240 video and has 32MB of internal memory. Available now for $79.95 here.
You lock it down as flat as possible against your wrist when you’re not using it, and when you want to take a picture, just swivel it up in a perpendicular position and you’re ready to shoot
Lego Pinhole Camera
This person took a Polaroid 95a, stripped it down, and than reassembled the camera with all Lego parts. Like a real mechanical 35mm camera, it includes a manual crank which takes 23 clicks to advance one frame. [Source]
Two-in-One Film/Digital Camera
Here’s a first: “a 35mm motorized compact camera with auto-rewind/power-rewind combined with a digital cam that takes 26 pictures at high resolution and 99 at low.” One drawback, it’s only avaliable on eBay. Check out the auction here.
For a price of only £19.99 ($38), you can own your own hybrid camera that isn’t really good at either digital or film photography
The 360 Camera
Using a unique ergonomic cylindrical design, the “360 Camera” by Cedric Tay allows users to easily take panoramic images by just holding the device with one hand. Rounding out the specs on this camera is a built-in inclinometer and angle indicator.
“The 360 is designed with much emphasis on the user interface, with the main operating function designed as a touch sensor, thereby maintaining a flushed surface on the exterior.”