Record Breaking Camera with 158 Lenses


Two days ago, Sankei News in Japan reported that a Nagoya Institute of Technology team led by Professor Yojiro Ishino was certified by Guinness World Records as having built the “Camera With The Most Lenses”. The camera boasts a staggering 158 separate lenses.

The setup reminds me of the camera array used to shoot the “bullet time” scenes in The Matrix, except rather than having a large number of individual cameras, this setup has a single “camera” with a large number of lenses.


The record-breaking camera took six months to build, and is meant to capture the movement of a flame simultaneously from multiple directions. Each lens cost only 200 yen, which is about $2.26. Thus, the whole collection of lenses cost only about $360.

Kudos if anyone can send us photographs taken with this camera!

(via CrunchGear)

  • Durf

    There's a single shot available with this Yomiuri article:

    I imagine after you get the captures from all those angles you can use software to piece them together as a 3D model of the flame at that point in time.

  • Jason Collin Photography

    When I lived in Tokyo I saw several photo exhibitions by photographers with do-it-yourself lens modifications.

  • Michael Zhang

    Awesome. Updated the post with this link and your kudos.


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  • Meekohi

    Not to be a hater, but don't plenoptic cameras have thousands of microlenses? For example this one has 85,264 different microlenses in addition to the primary lens. Just saying.

  • Michael Zhang

    Hmmmm. Maybe somehow those cameras don't meet Guinness' criteria? Not sure…

  • John!

    I love this amazing post!

  • John!

    I love this amazing post!