Fuuvi takes movies retro with pint-sized Bee digital 8mm cameraView gallery - 5 images
While once a standard, you'd be hard-pressed to find an 8mm film camera today outside of a second-hand shop or Ebay. If you still want the look of the vintage camera in your video - as well as a vintage form factor for the camera itself - Fuuvi has created a new digital option called the Fuuvi Bee. Modeled after a traditional 8mm video camera, the pint-sized Bee captures video at 640 x 480 pixels and 30fps, with the ability to capture 100 minutes of video on a single charge.
In addition to shooting video the camera can also capture still photos, although at an exceptionally low 1.3-megapixel resolution. The camera's lens has a maximum aperture of f2.8, and shutter speed options for the camera run from 1/6 - 1/2500 sec. Like traditional 8 mm cameras, the Bee won't record audio.Videos you record using the camera are saved onto a microSD/SDHC memory card, and can be uploaded to PC or MAC computers via USB to share with others via email, or on video sharing sites such as YouTube.
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With the decidedly low image capturing specs - even when compared to your average smartphone - you'd have to ask why someone would opt for this instead of just giving their video a retro look at the post production stage. But as we've seen with the success of the Digital Harinezumi, or the restored Polaroid SX-70 camera, there's a market for this kind of thing - and to be fair, Fuuvi does classify it as a toy.
The Fuuvi Bee is available now for US$80. You can check out some sample shots from the camera in the gallery above and a sample video shot with the Bee below - although it quickly gets as boring as the old home movies captured on the original 8 mm cameras.