Rotary pinhole camera

rotary pinhole camera

Pinhole cameras use a tiny pinhole as their aperture instead of a lens. Fran?s Besson designed this camera to take a 240 degree panoramic picture. The camera aperture slot rotates on one axis while the film rotates on a separate axis. The 8×20″ film is attached to a large drum mounted to the second spindle. The exposure length can be 18, 6, or 3 minutes depending on the voltage supplied to the drive motor.


  1. .:prophecy:. says:

    French – Booooo.

  2. Midna says:


  3. monster says:

    ^^^ first dumbass


  4. CYRIX says:

    very oldschool and not very hackish

  5. Hack-a-day trolls are a very interesting breed. They exhibit some of the same characteristics as Slashdot trolls but lack the humor. They whine about the lack of good hacks during dry spells but when the hacks are good, as they’ve been for the past week, I hear not a peep. Face it, this has been a great week at HaD. We’ve had a bunch of camera hacks, a old school type hack, some electronics, some software, a bit of everything. They were gold all week. Nobody was congratulating the HaD editors for doing a good job, discovering, researching, and posting great hacks. Now, as soon as there is a single hack that is somewhat less popular, people are complaining about the hack quality again.

    I don’t really mean to accomplish anything with this off-topic post, I’m just pointing out the way I see things. It’s anyone’s prerogative to complain when you feel it’s appropriate, I’m just calling shenanigans on the unequal treatment some topics get. Feel free to shoot me down.

  6. heh, heh, too bad I don’t have anything lined up for tomorrow yet.

  7. monster says:

    use the OSMC i suggested

  8. John says:

    Fascinating camera. My brother and I were half joking about building one of these last year but suspected the exposure times would be so long it would make the entire thing impractical. Now with seeing this I might give it a try. Very cool.

  9. plusmedic says:

    my first reaction was “what?!”. I had this exact idea maybe about a year ago, and had it sketched out. Never got around to making it though.

  10. sam says:

    i definitely want to try this

    it seems like this is the only one made.

    i want to make a 35-mm version with a lens

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