Yes, Of Course Someone Shot the Eclipse on a Game Boy Camera

This one shouldn’t surprise us, but there is something particularly enjoyable about seeing the total eclipse of the Sun through a Game Boy camera.

The Game Boy got its camera accessory back in 1998 when CCD-based cameras with poor resolution were just becoming widely available to the public. This camera can capture 128×112 pixel images in the four value grey scale for which the handheld is so loved.

Having taken part in eclipse mania ourselves we can tell you that unless you did some serious research and prep for photographing the thing, this makes as much sense as pulling out your smartphone did. We posit that it certainly produced a more pleasing result.

[jhx] says this is more a weird halo effect of the shot than it is a quality image of totality. At this resolution, the moon-covered Sun should be very few pixels in size, right? But fidelity is for photographers, this is for hackers. Getting the digital image off of the Game Boy camera involved using an Interact Mega Memory cartridge on a Game Boy Pocket to transfer it over, then using a USB 64M cartridge to copy from the Mega Memory and ultimately to a computer.

Glamour shots ain’t easy, yo. But it is possible to read images directly off the Game Boy camera thanks to some reverse engineering work.

[via Kotaku]

24 thoughts on “Yes, Of Course Someone Shot the Eclipse on a Game Boy Camera

  1. Wow. Perhaps for the next one you can publish someone using a magnifying glass and searing a thin crescent of the sun into their flesh. Who cares and what good is an image sampled with an imager that was obsolete when it was new?

  2. Not that difference than the image I got on my phone, using eclipse glasses the company passed out. We were in the 90% zone, so it was still exciting. And they also passed out moon pies to all employees.

    Fortunately a coworker got excellent photos on his new iPhone. I guess this is a difference between pay $150 and $800 for a phone, after all. But since he emailed me all his photos, I guess I can spend the money I saved on Julio Iglesias albums

    1. “different”

      BTW. I wish HAD had an edit function. Most website ran by Liberal Arts majors have that ability, You think a site ran by tech dudes and dudettes would also have one ;-)

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