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A Pint-Sized Digital Camera Dedicated to Lomo-style Fisheye Snapshots

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Are you a fan of small things? UK-based photo enthusiast Greg Dash is trying to launch “the world’s first digital Lomo-fisheye.” It’s a pint-sized digital toy camera that packs a 170-degree fisheye lens.

The novelty gadget is the definition of point-and-shoot: there’s no LCD screen on the back, so you’ll have to wait until the images are transferred onto a computer before you can see whether they turned out the way you envisioned.

Dash says he was disappointed by the fisheye lenses that are being produced for smartphone cameras — specifically the poor construction and the fact that they can easily fall off the phone (the ones that use magnets to mount).

On the other hand, buying a proper fisheye lens for a more serious camera often costs a pretty penny, and isn’t worth it for casual shooters who would simply like to take a fisheye snapshot now and then without adding a pricey new lens to their camera bag.

Dash’s custom camera is therefore designed with one very specific purpose: it’s an extremely portable (and relatively cheap) fisheye snapshot camera.

In addition to the fisheye lens, the camera also features 2-12MP resolution (apparently you can change the output size depending on whether you value speed or quality), a time-lapse feature, and HD video recording.

Here are some sample photos captured using the camera:

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Dash is currently accepting preorders for the camera by raising funds for it through Indiegogo. While they’re certainly cheaper than most fisheye lenses for DSLRs, they’re still more than most toy digital cameras of this level: you’ll need to drop £65 (~$100) for one of them.

World’s First Digital Lomo-Fisheye! [Indiegogo via The Phoblographer]


Update: Here’s a video showing the prototype camera:


 
 
  • Mike

    Where does the “Lomo-Style” come in?

  • nick

    I’ll have one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1076663720 Jack Tomlinson

    I suppose it is cheaper than the GoPro that I already have. Oh wait….

  • Jake

    That the pictures look like $#!†

  • eraserhead12

    nowadays, ‘lomo’ is just thrown around as a euphemism for lo-fi. should call it ‘lofigraphy’ lol

  • DafOwen

    Pint sized…..?
    You do know a pint is much larger than that.. In this case the saying doesn’t work.

  • Mako

    What the?! Almost every mini cam has a sharp 170 degree full frame fish eye lens, that produces better shots then these samples!

  • Samuel

    Oh stop hating on it, its £65 and being made by a student, why on earth would you expect dslr style results. Its fun and has room for a bit of improvement but jesus, cheer up.

  • Mako

    So Odd … just use a new GoPro3 for the exact same angle of view but with better quality!