September 21, 2011

World’s Smallest Camera is the size of your fingertip

by Darren Allan

We’ve had some pretty compact cameras in our time. Thin, smaller than credit card-sized affairs which fit easily in our pocket.

Although the latest camera from Hammacher Schlemmer (try saying that after a few shandies) is so much smaller than this, it’s not even funny. In fact, it’s actually The World’s Smallest Camera. Yes, that’s its name.

Stick this in your pocket, and odds are it’ll get lost among the loose change and fluff rattling about at the bottom, because it’s only an inch by an inch in terms of dimensions. It will literally sit on the end of your fingertip, more or less.

Of course, you aren’t going to get much in the way of features with The World’s Smallest Camera. In fact, you aren’t going to get anything in the way of features, apart from a button to take a picture. And even that looks rather tiny and awkward, although apparently it’s easy enough to use and you don’t require “Lilliputian dexterity”.

The image sensor is a 2 megapixel affair, so while you can’t expect works of photographic art from the device, it does produce 1600×1200 resolution JPGs. And it can record 640×480 video, too, at 30fps.

Footage and pics are saved onto an included microSD card with 2GB of storage. The integrated battery provides 30 minutes of life, and can be recharged via an included USB cable.

We can’t imagine that the resultant pictures are up to much, but there’s certainly some novelty value here.

The World’s Smallest Camera will be available shortly over in the US at the price of $100, and we’d imagine it’ll make its way over to gadget websites this side of the pond before long.

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