When I was a kid, my sister and I used to have a lot of fun with our family’s 8mm home movie camera. Everything about the overall experience, even including the deferred gratification of waiting for the film to be developed, was irreplaceably magical. The live preview on camcorder screens (and then later mobile phone screens) dispelled that forever.
Well, perhaps not.
A while back, my wife and I found an old Mansfield Holiday Zoom movie camera on Yerdle. The mechanical parts were still fully operational, but the lens was cracked, so even if it were possible to obtain and develop film for it, that was a non-starter.
So, time to replace the lens+film with a Raspberry Pi Zero + Raspberry Pi camera, while still preserving the overall experience:
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