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This tiny DIY interchangeable lenses camera has a touchscreen display of 2.33″.

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There have been many DIY camerasThey have been popping up for the past few years. Most of them have been Raspberry Pi powered. This one is different. The heart of Chen Liang’sThe camera is an ESP32 Microcontroller.

It sports a built-in 2.33″ touchscreen display and an M12 lens mount. Inside, sensors go up to 5-megapixels, so we’re not talking super-advanced tech, but it’s a fun-looking project.

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A tiny interchangeable lens digital camera

It looks more like a small action camera with interchangeable lenses than a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Is there a real difference between these two descriptions? The original kit on which it’s based, though, isn’t a camera at all. Not directly.

It’s the Lilygo T-Display S3 Pro (Buy here) and it’s sort of like an ESP32-powered DIY iPod Touch – with a 2.33″ screen. A small touchscreen handheld device that can do anything you program it to do. It also has the option to connect with your WiFi. But it does support a camera connection. It’s this connection that Liang utilised to connect a camera module.

Lilygo T-Display S3 Pro

It supports three camera modules at 2, 3 or 5 megapixels in resolution, and they all appear to be 1/5″ sized sensors. This isn’t a very large sensor at all, but looking at the examples shown in the video, it’s possible to get a pretty shallow depth of field.

Some assembly required

Liang had to redesign and 3D print the back of the case in order to account for the camera module’s M12 lens mount. He’s made the files Downloadable on ThingiverseYou can still make your own.

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He’s also made a sample camera app available for testing, as well The code required to make it work. It seems that Liang wants us to take his code and make it our own, rather than just running it. It will be interesting how many people take up this challenge.

Why ESP32?

The underlying principle is that the Raspberry Pi is an extremely powerful computer – relatively speaking – it’s quite limited in some ways. The ESP32 isn’t as powerful and is perhaps an odd choice as a camera controller, but it offers a lot more versatility. Using ESP32-based boards allows for a wide range of future expansion.

For example, you could connect a Gyro and Accelerometer to automatically detect horizontal and vertical alignment for your photos or videos. Or perhaps to store data on camera shake for video stabilisation post-production. Maybe you just want to add a horizon level to make sure you’re shooting straight.

You can also add GPS modules and sensors to monitor things such as temperature, humidity and air pressure. The ESP32 is WiFi-enabled, so it can communicate via the Internet. You could even add a SIM slot and get rid of WiFi.

The ESP32 can be used to control motion control devices. Devices like Motorised slidersThis means that you can potentially have your slider and camera communicate with each other to synchronise movement and shooting. This allows you to have your camera and slider communicate with each other in order to synchronise shooting and movement.

As I said Versatile.

You can find all the instructions and files for the Mirrorless Camera Makers on the website. Instructables.

I’m going to have to make this one myself someday.




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