Canon claimed the smallest and lightest DSLR in March, but one photo enthusiast is going a step further with a key chain-sized digital lo-fi point-and-shoot.
After shooting with toy cameras, researcher Greg Dash became hooked on the random results and reveal that came with developing film. However, he couldn't share all his film photos digitally and on top of that, was unable to find a decent-priced fisheye lens for his SLR. He decided to make his own.
Dash's camera body is about as thick as an iPhone 5, takes HD video and has a 170 degree fisheye lens. Photos are stored on a microSD card and the battery charges via USB. Check out the video, above, for more.
Aside from its size, the camera's biggest feature is the surprise. There's no screen to look back on your photos, so users get the experience of film.
"What's missing is the reveal — thats the part of shooting with film that I love the most, finding out what you've managed to capture," Dash tells Mashable. "So I tried to replicate that by making it so that you have to 'develop' your pictures by plugging it in to reveal what you captured."
Other convenient, small lenses attach magnetically to your smartphone, allowing users to take photos quickly on the go. But Dash says iPhone lenses don't give you a camera feel, making it almost too easy.
With the mini camera, you won't have to miss an opportunity by going to an app. You can also snap pictures in tight spaces to achieve extreme angles — Dash put the camera in between the gaps of a monkey cage to get up close.
The device will go into mass production if the project raises nearly $45,000 on Indiegogo. Backers can buy the tiny camera for $84 with estimated shipping in June, pending the fundraising goal is reached.