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The Game Boy Camera Was Once the World’s Smallest Digital Camera

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Here’s a fun little piece of photography trivia: did you know that when it was released in 1998, the Game Boy Camera was the world’s smallest digital camera?

Known as the Pocket Camera in Japan, the Nintendo-made camera accessory plugged into your Game Boy and allowed you to shoot 256×224-pixel black-and-white photos using the a 4-color palette.

Photo by Pat Hawks
Photo by Pat Hawks
Photo by weakmassive
Photo by weakmassive

The 70g camera had an f/2.2 lens, a focal distance of 20cm, was fully automatic, and could store up to 30 photos, which could be printed out on thermal paper using the Game Boy Printer.

Although the camera obviously didn’t have the best quality, it was extremely small by the standards of the time. It was honored with a place in the 1999 edition of the Guinness World Records for being the world’s smallest digital camera — a record that has obviously since been broken.

Photo by Phillip Pessar
Photo by Phillip Pessar

If you’d like a little piece of history yourself, you can find the Game Boy Camera for sale on eBay for about $5 to $10.

The Longest Photographic Negative in the World Measures 129 Feet

While we’re on the subject of world records in photography, did you know that the world’s longest photographic negative is 129ft 6.69in (~39.5m) long? It’s a giant panorama of the streets of Buenos Aires, exposed by Argentinian photographer Esteban Pastorino Diaz using a homemade panoramic slit camera that was attached to the top of his car.

(via Guinness World Records)