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

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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.

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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.

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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….
    http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/04/24/sony-launches-cyber-shot-dsc-hx50v-30x-compact-superzoom-with-wi-fi-and-gps

  • 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.

  • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ 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.

    Easy.

  • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ 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.