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Video: Using Raspberry Pi to convert old film cameras to digital

10 August 2021

Film cameras may have gone the way of the dinosaur with the advent of smartphones and digital cameras, but one maker has discovered a new way to bring life to the old devices using Raspberry Pi.

Youtuber Befinitiv developed a way to make a film cartridge out of a Raspberry Pi to convert film cameras to digital.

The entire cartridge is replaced allowing users to record video, stream video, connect to Wi-Fi and store images and video on storage devices.

In the video, Befinitiv discusses how he copied the size of a standard film cartridge but built the Raspberry Pi controller into the film socket so it appears as one compact device that can be placed directly into the analog camera.

The Raspberry Pi camera was removed so it behaves as the film does in an analog camera. Other components in the system include a DC/DC converter, battery to power the device and charger.

Once installed, the camera functions like a standard digital camera but with analog controls such as manual focus and the shutter is open, which may be a problem for those who are used to standard analog cameras to get a handle on how best to take photos.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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