Attempting to imitate movie cameras with electronic cameras has a long—and frankly mediocre—history. It’s only with multi-thousand dollar medium structure cameras with electronic backs or by employing adapters to connect classic lenses to mirrorless cameras that there is been significantly success. Which is why we’re all very fired up with what YouTuber and hacker befinitiv was able to pull off applying a Raspberry Pi, a 50-yr-previous film digital camera, and some next-quality arts and crafts skills. Test out the online video under to see it all in action.

What you require to make this perform

While the video clip is mild on specific guidance, it is really straightforward to puzzle out what is likely on. To do this oneself, you are going to want some standard knowledge of how a Raspberry Pi works and the willingness to Google any issues you operate into. If you are not common, Raspberry Pi is a small, reduced-ability laptop or computer that hackers can mildew into a vast assortment of awesome Do-it-yourself tasks.

From a components viewpoint, the first point you need is an analog film camera. In the video, befinitiv makes use of a Cosina Hello-Lite DLR from the 1970s. Although you could perhaps make this do the job with any old film camera, we suspect that more mature is possibly superior. You want something that has guide emphasis and manual aperture control, and preferably a manual shutter with bulb manner. The extra electronics there is, the additional very likely you are to run into issues—or crack things. 

On the electronics entrance, you have to have a Raspberry Pi Zero W, a Raspberry Pi Digicam Module with the lens removed, a tiny LiPo battery, and a DC converter of some variety. While befinitiv doesn’t specify what program he’s functioning, any OS that allows you to stay stream from the digicam over WiFi will do the job. 

You will also need some cardboard, an aged film canister, a pair of scissors, and what ever other crafting resources you can scrounge up. 

A however imperfect solution 

As interesting as this task is—and as keen as I am to construct it—it does have a couple of quirks that mean the significant brains at Hasselblad are not getting rid of any sleep.

1st, as you can see from the video, everything is ridiculously zoomed in. This is simply because the Raspberry Pi digital camera utilizes a 1/4” sensor—that’s about one-tenth the measurement of a piece of 35mm movie. You could rather get all-around this by applying a improved digital camera module, however you’d continue to have a crop-component of close to 5x. 

2nd, the Raspberry Pi is actually just sitting within the digital camera. It would take some really serious customization to hook it up so the shutter button in fact triggers the camera to take a picture. From the movie, it seems to be like befinitiv is employing bulb mode—or a shutter lockup—to hold the shutter out of the way and then just managing things from his laptop computer.

3rd, with the shutter locked up, the viewfinder won’t work. This implies you possibly won’t be ready to wander all around carrying out road images. 

But still—just mainly because this is not a fantastic way to transform each and every previous movie camera into a digital digital camera doesn’t imply it’s not a super project that can get some much more use out of any aged cameras you have lying all-around.