Game Boy Camera transformed into tiny wonder, fits snugly inside original GameBoy cartridge

Imagine a world in 1998 where digital photography was just starting to take off. Cameras were expensive, and the average person couldn’t afford them. But then came the Game Boy Camera.

This $50 add-on for your GameBoy allowed you to take pictures, just like a regular camera. It was a revolutionary idea and quickly gained a following.

Fast forward 25 years and we have Christopher Graves, a longtime fan of the original Game Boy Camera, who decided to create his own version called the Game Boy Mini Camera.

His motivation was simple – a more compact and pocket-friendly design, without the bulky selfie mode of the original.

The original Game Boy Camera had a unique look with its ball-shaped camera unit sitting on top of the handheld console. It even had a built-in tilt feature for better viewing of the screen.

The camera could also rotate for selfies, making it ahead of its time as a selfie camera.

Now, the Game Boy Mini Camera has a much smaller shell, about the same size as a GameBoy cartridge. To achieve this sleek form factor, Graves integrated the original 0.1MP sensor into an all-in-one board, using flashable camera schematics by Martin Refseth.

He also added an iPhone XR lens array with a glass cover that protrudes just 1.5mm. The result is a compact design that is convenient to carry around.

Despite its small size, the Game Boy Mini Camera retains the same charm as its predecessor. It produces four-tone grayscale pictures with a resolution of 0.014 megapixels.

While the camera may seem basic compared to today’s standards, there’s something about the pixelated black-and-white images that still captivate photographers.

In the past, one challenge Game Boy Camera users faced was transferring their pictures to another device. Nintendo offered a portable printer that produced tiny prints on thermal paper, but finding one now is difficult and expensive.

Thankfully, there are workarounds available today. One option is to use a cartridge like the JoeyJr by BennVenn, along with OTG cables to connect the Game Boy Camera to a phone or tablet for image transfer.

Another option is a Wi-Fi printer that stores the images and allows access via a web server. Both solutions cost around $40 and may require additional cables.

Now, you might be wondering when and where you can get your hands on a Game Boy Mini Camera. Unfortunately, Graves created this as a personal project, so it won’t be available as a ready-made kit. However, he plans to share DIY files in the future.

If you’re up for a super-interesting DIY project, keep an eye out for Graves’ files. Until then, let’s admire the creativity and ingenuity behind this unique camera.

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