Tokina’s Mini Pieni II Might Look Absurd, However It’s Completely Actual


By now we’re all used to tiny however extremely purposeful cameras. In spite of everything, they’re in our smartphones, compact recording gadgets, hidden CCTV methods and in so many different purposes. The know-how is clearly current and well-used. However nonetheless, it’s one factor to see and perceive the utilized want for a tiny sensible digicam, and it’s one other factor to see a literal digicam, classic-body-and-all, workably utilized in miniature.

One thing about this latter expertise simply desires to trick your thoughts into considering “Toy!”. Properly, you’d be partly mistaken within the case of Tokina’s cutely, absurdly compact Pieni II.

These little joke-looking cameras have the important features and options of a contemporary compact mirrorless compact, however take small dimension to a hilarious excessive. If something, the cameras, which kind of resemble a Leica or Fujifilm shooter in toy kind, have very actual makes use of.

Right this moment, Tokina, an already-established high quality lensmaker, introduced the discharge of its ultra-compact Pieni II digital cameras. They are surely tiny, because the video and accompanying pictures beneath present. These cameras can match between your fingers, however they embody their very own little lenses and supply a modest 1.3-megapixel sensor for pictures and movies.

The load of the Pieni II fashions is almost feather-light at 18 grams and its diminutive dimensions spherical out at 51mm huge, 18mm deep and simply 36mm tall. Should you add in a microSD card and batteries, the little cameras weigh barely a couple of grams extra.

There are smaller cameras on the market. One instance is Lucas Lander’s Mini View Digital camera, which is barely greater than an American penny and even takes movie pictures, however the Mini View is a specialty pastime challenge created by a camera-making fanatic in Brooklyn, NYC. The Peini II is a client market mannequin that you may order on-line. This makes it a bit extra fascinating.

The industrial manufacturing additionally makes it very actual as a purposeful machine. The Pieni II affords regular photograph, video and audio recording help. It additionally saves your media to a microSD card that matches into its personal little in-camera slot simply as it might in any Sony, Fujifilm, Canon, and so forth compact digicam mannequin. It solely helps JPEG storage at 1280x1024pixels and gained’t produce high-detail RAW photographs, however it could possibly shoot respectable AVI video at 720 x 480 decision and 30fps.

The Pieni II’s picture sensor can be fairly usable for one thing so foolish wanting. It’s a 1/10 Kind CMOS mannequin with 1.31MP decision. On this, we predict Tokina may have completed a greater job, since even most smartphones, with their very own very tiny sensor area, can nonetheless handle 10 or extra MP utilizing compact mini pixels.

This little digicam is fairly easy to make use of. It comes with solely two buttons; one for energy and a mode button that switches between video, audio recording and photograph capturing. A tiny rear LED adjustments colours to indicate you what it’s set to, with pictures being pink and video being blue whereas a purple LED signifies audio.

As for the little digicam’s different efficiency specs, it shoots at a set shutter pace of 1/100 with a set aperture of f/2.8 and a static ISO of 100. All of those are mounted, however the digicam lens is type of first rate for easy macro photographs, since it could possibly give attention to objects solely 0.3 meters away.

As Tokina explains with some optimism, the digicam creates pictures that resemble watercolors. In different phrases, don’t anticipate an excessive amount of from its decision. Tokina additionally explains that the slight off-center place of the lens makes it higher to place topics simply to the appropriate of middle. We do need to admit that a few of its nonetheless photographs do have a curiously interesting retro look to them, regardless of the pixel blur.

You’ll be able to cost the Pieni II by way of USB cable and it even comes with its personal tiny neck strap that when used to hold the digicam round your neck will make you look extra as in case you’re sporting a camera-shaped necklace broach than an precise machine. There’s even a small magnet on the digicam for sticking it to a fridge door.

As for why Tokina would make and launch this cute little factor into the world, nicely, why not? We’ve definitely seen sillier gadgets get taken rather more critically than they deserved.

The Pieni II is obtainable in 4 colours: mint, peach, orange and if you wish to look severe whereas lugging round this beast, gray. It’s accessible now for ordering at a really affordable value of $4,880 yen, or roughly $35.