We are all accustomed to having cameras that are quite portable yet packed with features at this point. After all, they are present in our cell phones, other portable recording devices, covert CCTV systems, and a great number of other applications. The technology can be seen and is being utilised well. But even with that, it is one thing to see and comprehend the applied necessity for a tiny practical camera, and it is something quite else to see a genuine camera, classic body and all, workably applied in miniature form.
Something about this more recent experience just tries to fool your mind into thinking “Toy!” inexplicably. You would be somewhat incorrect in your assessment of Tokina’s adorable and outrageously small Pieni II, though.
These tiny cameras that appear like jokes include the core capabilities and characteristics of a current compact mirrorless compact, but they take the concept of small size to an extreme that is amusing. The cameras, which more or less seem like a little version of a Leica or Fujifilm shooter, have very genuine applications. If anything, they have very practical purposes.
Tokina, a well-known and highly-respected manufacturer of superb lenses, has now announced the debut of its incredibly portable Pieni II digital cameras. As may be seen in the following video and in the photographs that are included with it, they are rather little. These cameras are so little that they can fit between your fingertips, yet they come with their own miniature lenses and a sensor that only has 1.3 megapixels for both images and video.
The Pieni II versions have a weight that is virtually featherlight at only 18 grammes, and its petite proportions round out at 51 millimetres in width, 18 millimetres in depth, and just 36 millimetres in height. When you include in the weight of a microSD card and batteries, the little cameras don’t gain more than a few grammes in total.
There are cameras available that are more compact. One example is Lucas Lander’s Mini View Camera, which is scarcely larger than an American cent and even captures film images; nonetheless, the Mini View was made as a specialised hobby project by a camera-making enthusiast in Brooklyn, New York City. Lucas Lander lives in New York City. You may place an order for the Peini II, which is a consumer market model, on our website. This gives it a jolt of excitement that wasn’t there before.
Because it is being produced on a commercial scale, it is now a very real possibility as a tool. The Pieni II is equipped with standard recording functionality for photos, videos, and audio. Your material may also be saved to a microSD card, which can be inserted into the camera’s own dedicated slot, exactly like it would be in any compact camera model manufactured by Sony, Fujifilm, Canon, etc.
It is only capable of storing JPEG images at a resolution of 1280 by 1024 pixels and will not create RAW images with a high level of detail; nevertheless, it can capture decent AVI video at a resolution of 720 by 480 pixels and 30 frames per second.
The image sensor of the Pieni II is actually surprisingly functional for something that has such a goofy appearance. It has a resolution of 1.31 megapixels and is a 1/10 Type CMOS type. In this regard, we believe that Tokina might have done a better job, given that the majority of smartphones, each of which has its own extremely limited sensor space, are nonetheless able to achieve 10 or more megapixels by making use of small micro pixels.
The operation of this little camera is relatively straightforward. There are just two buttons on the device: one for the power button, and another for the mode button, which toggles between video recording, audio recording, and photo shooting. A little LED located on the back of the device flashes different colours to signify the current setting. The red LED represents still images, the blue LED represents video, and the purple LED represents audio.
The small camera has a static ISO setting of 100, a fixed shutter speed of 1/100, an aperture setting of f/2.8, and a fixed aperture of f/2.8. These are the additional performance specifications. There is no way to change any of these settings, but the camera lens can focus on subjects that are as close as 0.3 metres away, making it suitable for taking simple macro photographs.
Tokina, in his typically upbeat manner, reveals that the camera produces photographs that are reminiscent of paintings. In other words, you shouldn’t place an excessive amount of hope in its conclusion. Tokina further says that because the lens is somewhat offset from the centre of the camera, it is preferable to position subjects just to the right of the centre of the frame. Despite the fact that some of the still pictures have a pixelated appearance, we cannot deny that some of them have a nostalgic style that is oddly captivating.
It is possible to charge the Pieni II using a USB connection, and it also comes with its very own little neck strap. When this strap is used to hang the camera around your neck, it will give the appearance that you are wearing a camera-shaped necklace brooch rather than a real gadget. There’s also a little magnet on the back of the camera in case you want to attach it to the side of your refrigerator.
As for the motivation behind Tokina’s decision to create and distribute this adorable little item into the world, well, why not? We have, without a doubt, witnessed far sillier gadgets being given far more serious consideration than they merited.
The Pieni II is offered in the following colour options: mint, peach, orange, and grey—the latter of which is recommended if you want to appear mature while carrying this beast. You may place an order for it at this time for the relatively affordable price of 4,880 yen, which is around $35.