DIY project transforms a Game Boy Camera into a modern mirrorless

Nintendo’s Game Boy Camera has inspired countless DIY projects over the years, from one to an AI model trained to be picked up by the accessory. However, only a few can match the creativity of the Camera M by photographers and modders.

in one discovered by , Graves detailed how he transformed the humble Game Boy camera into a mirrorless camera. Using a combination of a custom PCB and parts from a repurposed Game Boy Pocket, a 1996 variant of the original 1989 model that was smaller, lighter, and more energy efficient, he transplanted the insides of a Game Boy into a Fujifilm-style case. Graves placed the Game Boy camera’s 128 x 128 pixel CMOS sensor in a special carriage that is attached to a CS lens mount and a manual focus varifocal lens. The nifty thing about Camera M is that it’s possible to use an original Game Boy camera instead of the custom cartridge he hacked together.

Either way, the resulting device still captures 128 x 112 grayscale photos, but the ergonomics and user experience are vastly improved. Graves replaced the Pocket’s original screen with a backlit IPS display, making it easier to use the camera at night, and added a 1,800mAh battery that can power everything for up to eight hours. It even comes with USB-C charging. Graves tells gizmodo He hasn’t tried playing games with his creation yet, but speculated that turn-based RPGs like Pokémon would be fun with the button layout he designed. There’s only one Camera M so far, but Graves said he’s “strongly inclined” to selling conversion kits or even full sets.

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