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Top 5 Playful DIY and Toy Cameras

By Jules Ebe on March 15th 2013

If something makes me laugh, it’s a good sign. While surfing around the internet looking for some gear I noticed a lot of toy and DIY cameras. Some are playful, while others are streamlined and beautifully designed. With so many out there, I’ve put together a little list of some of my favorites.

Each of these cameras incorporate photography in small, playful, and easy-to-use packages. Not only are your tools going to be unique, but they will spark some creative, childlike wonder in your approach to photographic art. But remember these cameras are not all child’s play – some incorporate well thought out design and esthetics with stunning results.

Plastic, paper, and cardboard – oh my!

Oh, and Japan – thank you for the donut camera – my life will never be the same!

The Rubikon 2

The Rubikon 2 is a paper pinhole camera designed by Jaroslav Juřica and licensed through Creative Commons for personal use (free as long as you attribute).




The Craft Camera

The Craft Camera is a simplified DIY digital camera made of cardboard developed by Coralie Gourguechon. That’s right, cardboard. The electronic system is ran by Arduino, and considered Open Source. Take that planned obsolescence.




The Nanoblock Camera

Photography meets recess time with this play on lego-style awesomeness. Only 2 ½ inches, this little guy packs a lot of fun into a small package. The Nanoblock Camera may actually fit better in your pocket than your smartphone.




The Donut Camera

With the Instagram/iPhone style square images, the Donut Camera makes morning pastries that must sweeter. And honestly, you get to play with your food – how awesome is that?



Modified Wet-Plate Holga

Now this one is my personal favorite. In the video tutorial, Ian explains how he transformed a plastic Holga camera to expose a wet plate image. Gorgeous results with very little expense on the camera body. The best of our Toy/DIY world.




Thanks to our friends at DIY Photography, PetaPixel, Photojojo, and Ian Ruhter for all the inspiration. Playtime has taken on a new meaning.

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules


is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.


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  1. Basit Zargar

    Nice article.

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