Although the technology is advancing, it can be fun to go back to basics and shoot with retro digital cameras. This is what a redditor zhx did during the solar eclipse on Monday. While everyone else tried to get as stunning shots as possible, he shot the eclipse with a Gameboy camera. It actually turned out pretty good, like a pixelated Eye of Sauron.
As zhx tells DIYP, he didn’t use any additional equipment for the shot. He used only a modified (backlit) original “brick” Gameboy, and the camera itself. Since he lives in Portland, Oregon, they didn’t have the total eclipse. So, most of the photo is actually lens flare, with the moon creating the eerie dark halo effect you see.
There are other examples of Gameboy camera photography. Astronomer Alexander Pietrow used it to capture Moon craters. If portraits are more of your thing, there’s even a way to transfer Gameboy camera snaps into realistic portraits. All in all, this 1998 gadget seems pretty fun to play with.