I clearly remember the day my brothers got their own Game Boy Cameras. It was the same day the 3 of us learned to share not just the single printer, but the 2 Game Boys with shiny new alien looking cameras. Nothing like learning how to balance taking, printing and hanging super grainy photos all over the house with training the freshly evolved Wartortle and Charmeleon (A&B, ty for always sharing). Jump forward 20ish years and of course there’s a rad project from Christopher Graves that, in Gizmodo‘s words, “takes Game Boy Camera photography to the next level”:
Graves has come up with what is easily the most polished Game Boy Camera hack we’ve seen to date. He’s tentatively dubbed it the Game Boy Camera M, as it’s technically a mirrorless shooter.
The guts of the Game Boy Camera M are a sacrificed Game Boy Pocket: a follow-up to the original Game Boy which was smaller, slimmer, and far less battery hungry than its predecessor. It now sits inside a custom shell complete with a leatherette finish wrapped around it. The GBP’s PCB works alongside a handful of other custom PCBs, while the original unlit screen has been upgraded with a backlit IPS display that includes brightness adjustments. To maximize battery life, instead of gobbling up a pair of AAA batteries, the Game Boy Camera M uses a rechargeable 1,800 mAh battery pack instead, which keeps the camera running for up to eight hours.
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