Skip to content

Digital Film Cartridge for Analog Cameras (using Raspberry PI)

July 15, 2021

Ever wanted to take digital pictures and videos with your old analog camera? How about live video streaming over WiFi? You can 🙂

From → Uncategorized

65 Comments
  1. Are you willing to share the STL files and build plan. I would like to give this a try.

    • Certainly! You can find my 3D model here: https://cad.onshape.com/documents/9062f6ac0d50b6c525b328ca/w/a6bfdfd33e46be980de27fa4/e/336338e1b9dae85ae835bd74

      The PI is actually mounted with double sided tape since the room inside of the camera was very tight. But I think this depends on the camera model.

      • Can you provide details on the battery wiring and your software configuration?

      • The software commands are written here in another comment made by me. The power supply uses one of these modules: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.amazon.de/Demarkt-DC-DC-Power-Module-1V-5V-Gr%25C3%25BCn/dp/B07DHJS5D3&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwjApbfbj-3xAhVGi6QKHZL8DcEQFjAAegQICxAB&usg=AOvVaw04Ee1tadmLSDzLhGPsomPd . The output connects to the 5v of the RPI, the input is connected to a lipo cell. You can use any cell you like. I used the one from my model aircraft, Eachine Mustang P51d, you can buy thise separately.

      • Monty King permalink

        Hi, it says view only. I want to print a few of these to experiment with, how can I? No printer here… Thanks. I’d buy parts of a kit.

      • casey nettles permalink

        When I load the link the file says view only…please please please make this shareable or load the STL to thingiverse…my 17 year old daughter is attempting to recreate this for her grandfathers 45 year old Pentax. We have a 3D printer just now way to copy your file to use.

      • Did you try to make an account on Onshape? I think then you should be able to copy and download my design. This might also be helpful in case you need to make some small modifications for the design.

      • casey nettles permalink

        Thank you for the fast response…we created a student account for her and were able to download the STL after some fiddling around with the software (must right click on the tab at the bottom in order to export). Printing it now! Also, nice software for her to do some design work on too!

      • Great! Would like to see your device once it is finished!

      • casey nettles permalink

        Printing complete and it turned out well….all parts are ordered and should arrive in the next few days…I will post when she completes it. Thanks again for this awesome project.

  2. Jorge Andrade permalink

    That’s really fantastical! Great work! I would love to do the same on my old Nikon. For video you used bulb speed on the camera? And for stills? How do you manage the pi?

    • Thanks 🙂 Yes, indeed for video I use bulb speed. Stills I haven’t yet implemented but I think you could use the software “motion” for this. Idea is that whenever the image changes (ie the shutter opens), an image is stored. This is not optimal but should work as a first workaround.

      These are the command lines I used for the live video:

      PI: “raspivid -ih -n -g 120 -t 0 -w 1920 -h 1080 -fps 30 -b 10000000 -rot 90 -o – | gst-launch-1.0 -e -vvvv fdsrc ! udpsink host=192.168.0.21 port=5000”

      PC: “gst-launch-1.0 -e -v udpsrc port=5000 ! tee name=t t. ! queue ! h264parse ! avdec_h264 ! fpsdisplaysink sync=false text-overlay=false t. ! queue ! filesink location=/tmp/a.h264”

      The PC pipeline also stores the video in the file /tmp/a.h264. Since this is a raw h264 stream, you would need to encapsulate this in a muxer. To do so:

      “avconv -framerate 30 -i a.h264 -codec copy a.mp4”

      • Alejandro Serra permalink

        Great Idea, I wonder if a bigger sensor could be adapted to the raspberry PI, maybe a sensor from a dji drone. The other issue with small sensors is the optical conversion, as you seem to have a 50mm lens that converts to a 250 or 300mm.
        Kudos for a great idea with huge potential.

  3. Raymond Holden permalink

    Where can I get one?

  4. Hans Mårtenson permalink

    Hello “befinitiv”
    Please consider developing your Raspberry PI 35 mm camera solution further to become an Indiegogo or Kickstarter project !?
    I think it might be worth the effort.

  5. Monty King permalink

    I meant, parts or a kit. The model doesn’t seem to be downloadable.

  6. Hello: First of all, congratulations on the invention of this gadget that can resurrect several analog cameras that are saved.
    Question: can you buy this item somewhere mounted cartridge type reel, for example the Kodac Instamatic, I mean open the back of the camera and instead of putting a reel, put this device, and take pictures with any lens? ??
    If so, where can I buy it, assembled, as a cartridge, if it exists, or is it a toy only for electronics ???
    If it is sold as a cartridge, I can assure you that it will have a very great success, because there are still many of us who have analog equipment and it is a shame not to be able to use equipment that was much better built, of much higher optical quality, and at least Those of us who are old photographers, with old cameras, would be like rejuvenating again.
    You have the video also edited in Spanish ??? And you have some kind of manual that can understand what it says well, because I don’t understand English.
    Waiting for your pleasant news to know a little more about this gadget, receive a cordial greeting
    Jaume Deu
    jaumedeu48@gmail.com

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. Analog Digicam Goes Digital | Hackaday - Home Automation
  2. Analog Camera Goes Digital – Ham Kar Chan
  3. Retro Camera Gets Raspberry Pi Upgrade |
  4. Retro Camera Gets Raspberry Pi Upgrade - Moloft
  5. Retro Camera Gets Raspberry Pi Upgrade - duckduck WHO ?
  6. Retro Camera Gets Raspberry Pi Upgrade - AKEX.ca
  7. Retro camera gets Raspberry Pi upgrade - techypoints
  8. Retro Camera Gets Raspberry Pi Upgrade - Jasa Bikin Website
  9. Retro Camera Gets Raspberry Pi Upgrade - News in Seconds
  10. La cámara analógica se vuelve digital - TecNoticias, tu portal de información
  11. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera: Digital Photography Review - 5starbase.com
  12. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera: Digital Photography Review – Ash Store.Shop
  13. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera: Digital Photography Review – ElectronicsBits.com
  14. Video: 3D printed movie canister and Raspberry Pi digital camera can flip an previous movie digital camera right into a digital digital camera: Digital Images Evaluate - EasyTravel
  15. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera: Digital Photography Review – Relent Less Lynn
  16. Home | Techsgadget
  17. Video: 3D printed movie canister and Raspberry Pi digital camera can flip an previous movie digital camera right into a digital digital camera: Digital Pictures Evaluate – Best Deals Prodcuts
  18. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera | godsownmedia
  19. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera: Digital Photography Review | Best Camera Stock
  20. Video: 3D Printed Film Canister And Raspberry Pi Camera Can Turn An Old Film Camera Into A Digital Camera: Digital Photography Review | Sheild Eye
  21. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera - Transcom News
  22. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera - Fastapn News
  23. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera: Digital Photography Review – Techseller
  24. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera: Digital Photography Review – the gadget g
  25. Video: 3D printed movie canister and Raspberry Pi digicam can flip an previous movie digicam right into a digital digicam: Digital Images Evaluate – Product Must Haves
  26. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera: Digital Photography Review – Paltni
  27. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera: Digital Photography Review – SHOPAMZ
  28. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera: Digital Photography Review – ihome Digital | Amazon Affiliate Store
  29. Video: 3D printed movie canister and Raspberry Pi digicam can flip an outdated movie digicam right into a digital digicam: Digital Pictures Evaluate - Shop
  30. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera: Digital Photography Review – Electros_24
  31. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera: Digital Photography Review - Tech Amazon Shopping
  32. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera: Digital Photography Review – SOEASYSHOP
  33. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera: Digital Photography Review – Starts Zone
  34. Video: 3D printed movie canister and Raspberry Pi digicam can flip an outdated movie digicam right into a digital digicam: Digital Images Evaluate - Safesecureproducts
  35. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera | Home decor, DIY, et al
  36. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera: Digital Photography Review – BUY ON THE WEB
  37. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera -
  38. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera: Digital Photography Review - Techoska
  39. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera: Digital Photography Review
  40. Dimosbox.gr Blog - Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera -
  41. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera: Digital Photography Review - bigoffersdeals.com
  42. Video: 3D printed movie canister and Raspberry Pi digicam can flip an outdated movie digicam right into a digital digicam: Digital Pictures Assessment – Scatteredbuys
  43. Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera: Digital Photography Review - Nasawa Enterprises
  44. Pi hack breathes digital life into 50-year-old analog camera – Nasni Consultants
  45. Из Raspberry Pi сделали вечную плёнку для ретрокамер [ВИДЕО]
  46. Convierte una vieja cámara de carrete en una digital con este hack de Raspberry | Tecnología – NEGOCIOZ – Web Hosting Servicio
  47. Convierte una vieja cámara de carrete en una digital con este hack de Raspberry - xShorts

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: