Student Hopes to Launch Tiny Lo-Fi Digicam with Fisheye Lens

March 20, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras | 6 Comments |
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Greg Dash, a graduate student from South Wales, has designed a tiny, 12-megapixel digital point-and-shoot camera with a 170° fisheye lens. “Originally, I designed the camera for myself after being unable to afford a good fisheye lens for my DSLR,” the inventor says. “After I began using the camera, people started to stop me in the street and ask where they could buy one – so I’ve decided to try to raise the funds to allow people to get their own little fisheye cameras.” To that end, Greg has launched a project on crowfunding website IndieGogo, and managed to raise nearly £17,000 in just two weeks - but in order for the project to succeed, he’ll need another £18,000. With 16 more days to go, that doesn’t seem unfeasible - so if you’ve fallen in love with the tiny lo-fi digicam - which also boasts a time lapse mode, HD video and microSD storage -, head to the website below.

Website: IndieGoGo

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Camera hopes to take Lomography into Digital

A new indie-project posted onto crowdfunding website IndieGoGo hopes to launch a camera that combines the best features of film with the convience of digital. The camera boasts a 170 degree fisheye lens, film like pictures and some digital features including a time lapse mode, HD video and microSD storage.

The project has so far raised just shy of £14,000 in backing, with the funds required to cover the cost of manufacture.

The camera has been designed by phd student, Greg Dash from South Wales. “Originally, I designed the camera for myself after being unable to afford a good fisheye lens for my DSLR, and found clip on lens to often be low quality”, he said. “I set out to design an affordable camera that combined the convenience of digital with some of the cool things that lomography cameras can do.” 

“After I began using the camera, people started to stop me in the street and ask where they could buy one – so I’ve decided to try to raise the funds to allow people to get their own little fisheye cameras.”

The camera is first digital point and shoot camera currently available and is being sold for £65 – making it comparably cheaper to similar fisheye digicams such as the Go-Pro.

“Being a student, if I’m unable to raise the funds, making this camera won’t be possible”, added Greg. “so if anyone wants to get hold of them, get onto the page and pledge and share with your friends, otherwise I’m going to be the only one with one of these cool little cameras”.



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#1 PepZ C

This is a fantastic idea..I would love to check one out and interestingly see how much it is going to retail at...good luck ;)

4:17 pm - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

#2 kyre

I Am sure i have seen similare things befor. This looks like one those novelty key chain cameras made in China.

5:58 pm - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

#3 Chris

I want one.

6:37 pm - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

#4 Leonard

It looks remarkably similar to this camera:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/140862460066

9:56 pm - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

#5 Alexander John

Holy nuts that's small!

Greg seems like a really smart guy!

It's more of a novelty then anything, but a cool one at that!

Super cool...

7:53 am - Thursday, March 21, 2013

#6 Greg Dash

Thanks for the article!

I'm not planning on retailing the product - it's just a limited run on indiegogo. 1000 units only, £65 each.

re; leonards comments - the prototype 'recycled' a body from a similar little camera to cut costs, but the full version needs new custom made body so thats why I need to raise the funds. I kept the design though because tbh I thought it was cool - but my version will obviously have better build quality, metal around lens etc, you can see on the picture.

I dont think theres anything similar on the market, people have pointed to some other cheap chinese cameras but they all have a low resolution and are unable to record in HD. I made this camera originally for myself because I couldn't find anything out there.

Drop me a message if you need any more info!
@gregjdash

10:00 pm - Monday, March 25, 2013