Okay, we all know that you can turn your fancy Fuji, Sony, Canon, Nikon, and other cameras into a webcam. But can you do it with something that is the opposite of fancy: a Game Boy camera? Well, yes, you can! Bernard Capulong aka berndog turned his game Boy camera into a fully functional webcam, and it’s as amazing as it is ridiculous.
Game Boy camera is most likely not the first choice of portrait photographers. But what about when you pair it with a 70-200 DSLR lens? And you print your images on canvas? Well, Sam McKenzie 3D Printor decided to try it out. Using a simple 3D printed attachment, he added a telephoto lens to his modest Game Boy camera, and the result is actually pretty cool!
I was inspired by Tim Binnion‘s work with the Game Boy Camera and a cheap cellphone tele lens. I figured I’d up the ante and design and build a full Canon EF Mount for my Game Boy Camera. The GBC has a sensor size of about 3.6mm² which seems equivalent to a 1/4″ sensor (Wikipedia). This gives the GBC a crop factor of about 10.81. With my 70-200 f4 mounted on a 1.4x extender, this gives me a max equivalent focal distance of about 200×1.4×10.81=3,026.8mm.
Game Boy camera was launched twenty years ago, and technology has advanced immensely since then. Nevertheless, experimenting with this toy camera in the modern era is still kind of fun. Photographer Tim Binnion recently brought his to 2018 Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, China. He captured the Formula 1 race with the 0.016-megapixel camera, and the results are unusual and pretty amazing.
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.
Although I’ve (sadly) never owned a Nintendo Game Boy Camera, I love to see how artists, scientists or nineties kids play with it in the modern age. An astronomer Alexander Pietrow used this 1998 gadget for astrophotography, and ended up with 2bit images of the Moon and Jupiter. He shares the process and the photos with DIYP, so take a look how the Moon craters look when taken with a 2bit, 128×112px Game Boy Camera. And if you use a telescope, you could take them yourself, too.
A little while ago I spotted a Nintendo Game Boy Camera in a second hand shop and my eyebrows went up. It looked pretty jazzy, like someone had melted an old webcam onto a game. Some of you probably own and have used these things before, but I had never come across one. I bought it straight away.
Here are some facts I found out: