If you’re a fan of 1990s gadgets, I bet you owned (or just wanted to own) a Game Boy camera, or perhaps you still do. The 1998 digital camera is still fun to play with today, and Analogue Pocket wants to make it more relevant for the 21st century. Thanks to this gadget, you’ll be able to save your Game Boy camera photos to a MicroSD card and avoid the annoying cables and outdated ports.
Analogue Pocket is, basically, a Game Boy. As the company describes it, it’s a “tribute to portable gaming.” It’s compatible with the 2,780+ Game Boy, Game Boy Color & Game Boy Advance game cartridge library. It also works with cartridge adapters for other handheld systems like Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket Color, Atari Lynx & more. It can also be used as a digital audio workstation with a synthesizer and sequencer, so you can use it to make music. But we’re most interested here is, obviously, the camera.
As I mentioned, Analogue Pocket is compatible with the good old Game Boy Camera, but it makes it so much easier to transfer your photos. With the MicroSD port, you no longer need to fiddle with cables and adapters that are mainly obsolete nowadays. The only thing that’s missing is Wi-Fi or Bluetooth so you can transfer photos to your phone and then social media… But who knows, perhaps we’ll see it in the future.
Here are the key specs:
- Compatible with Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance game cartridges.
- 5″ LCD. 1600×1440 resolution. 615ppi.
- 360° display rotation (tate mode)
- Variable refresh display
- Rechargeable lithium-ion 4300mAh battery
- 6-10 hour gameplay time & 10+ hour sleep time 9
- All buttons mappable
- Stereo speakers
- micro SD card slot
- USB-C charging
- Original-style link port
- 5mm headphone output
- 1080p HDMI output
- Bluetooth & 2.4g support for wireless controllers
- 2 USB inputs for wired controllers
- Up to 4 player support (4p Bluetooth, 2p 2.4g, 2p wired USB)
- DAC compatible
- Power Dock on from controller
- AP_01 Game Gear adapter
- AP_02 Neo Geo Pocket + Neo Geo Pocket Color adapter
- AP_03 Atari Lynx adapter
Analogue Pocket is available on Analogue’s website for $219.99, in black and white. And if you’re looking for ideas how to use it with a Game Boy camera, I’ll leave you a bunch of links below for inspiration.
- Formula 1 photography with a Game Boy camera
- Color photography with a Game Boy camera
- 3D printed canon EF lens mount for a Game Boy camera
- Another 3D printed EF mount for a Game Boy camera
- Shooting portraits with a Game Boy camera and a 70-200 mm lens
- Capturing craters of the moon with a Game Boy camera
- Using a Game Boy camera as a webcam