Thanko’s APOLLO2 is a Tiny Camera that Packs a 30x Optical Zoom


We’ve seen some interesting gimmicky cameras come out of Japan in the past — from Japanese anime special editions to a donut camera — but this latest one might come in handy a bit more often. Dubbed the APOLLO2 and created by the company Thanko, it’s a compact camera strapped to a whopping 30x telephoto lens.

A cross between interesting and potentially creepy, the camera looks pretty funny with that massive lens hanging off the front — a better model name might have been Pinocchio. But given that it’s meant for one thing and one thing only, you can excuse the appearance.



Inside it packs a 12-megapixel sensor (no word on size) that can also record video, which maxes out at 480p. Since the widest you can go on the attached f/3.0 lens is 10x, both the lens and the camera come equipped with tripod holes for stability’s sake. The good folks at Thanko even include a small tripod in the box.

As you’ve probably already surmised, it’s a gimmick like the ones we mentioned above, but just like those it will probably still find a market to sell to. With 30x optical and an additional 8x digital to work with, however, we just hope that market’s not too creepy.



Currently, there’s no word on any kind of US release, but as the Phoblographer points out, Thanko products often make their way onto eBay — in other words: if you want one, you can find a way. MSRP of the camera in Japan is set at ¥19,800, or about $200 U.S.

  • David_Evans

    It would be great fun to play with. Not for fast action though, with manual focus. No aperture control that I can see means very little depth of field.
    I wish they would sell that lens with fittings for my existing cameras (i.e. on the filter ring)

  • J Michael Sullivan

    just get yourself a Pentax Q7, hook that baby up to any decent 70-200mm f/2.8 and you will have the equivalent of 322-920mm f/2.8 (manual focus with focus peaking)!!

  • matt jones

    It would be nice to know what kind of 35mm equivalence we are talking about here

  • Stephen

    There is already a sony compat that has a 30x Optical zoom and is probably superior in every single way….

  • jkantor267

    Are you happy to see me, or….

  • will hall

    is not the definition of the x optical zoom the ratio of widest and longest focal lengths, which would make this actually a 3x optical zoom, but with a very long focal length (i make it about 700-2100mm equivilant)

  • Zos Xavius

    yep. hook it up to a 500mm lens and really have some fun!

  • Zos Xavius

    I gotta ask. What’s the point of the flash?

  • Zos Xavius

    with the size of the sensor, I’d imagine its even higher. real focal length looks like 250m-750mm times whatever crop factor this sensor has.

  • genotypewriter

    No… the field of view makes this equivalent to a ~700-1200mm on full-frame, if measured diagonally (likely) or ~600-1000mm on FF if measured horizontally (unlikely).

    If the lens is f/3 at the widest point, the diameter of 25mm makes the actual focal length range ~75-128mm.

    Which makes the sensor approximately a 9x crop.


  • genotypewriter

    The lenses interchangeable, aren’t they?

  • Zos Xavius

    That’s great, except there is only one lens.

  • Lee Mullen

    Why not just use a C mount??

  • zeptom

    Guess that’s around 530mm at 10x and around 1030mm at 30x in 35mm equal.