Secret Police “Pinhole” Camera Shoots Through Walls

Randomly came across this camera today on Wikipedia in the article on Stasi, the secret police of East Germany. Apparently it’s a “quiet” camera that was able to capture photographs through 1mm holes in walls. Now that’s a pinhole camera.

If you see anyone carrying this thing around, be very alarmed.

Image credits: GDR Stasi Camera by Appaloosa

  • //d.

    LOL looks like its a bodged together praktica.

  • Happy Tinfoil Cat

    Those style of pinhole lenses are still widely available and being used by law enforcement and perverts daily, only with standard security cameras attached.

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  • Adamtsh

    “Is that a camera in your pocket or are you just very happy to see me?”

  • Shotgun1a

    1mm is actually kind of big for a pinhole. Holes half that size are common.

  • Colin Peddle

    I think my doctor has been using something like this.

  • Oneofthem

    from the source:
    “Damit war es möglich durch ein Loch von 1 cm Durchmesser zu fotografieren.”

    not 1mm… 1cm(!!!)

  • Michael Zhang

    Yeah, saw that too. All the other captions on Wikipedia say 1mm though, and that hole on the lens looks like 1mm rather than 1cm =P

  • Oneofthem

    well, proportional to the lens (and the lense isnt small) the hole seems really just do be a 1 cm, but 1mm sounds of course more realistic as 1 cm ^^