Pinhole Camera

Not available for purchase.

243 votes 22 comments

It's almost hard to picture it now, but there was once an age when photos weren't just taken using mobile phones. Images weren't edited with the push of a button, and taking a good picture was actually a skill, because you never knew exactly how the image would look until it came back from being developed. Ancient history, right?

Well, it's time to rediscover the magic of authentic film photography with this do-it-yourself, pinhole camera kit. In less than an hour, you can assemble the included pieces to create a cardboard camera, illustrated with vintage camera details, and including plastic film advance and rewind spools and camera mount. The camera fits standard 35mm film (not included), and comes with an instruction booklet that will have you capturing your own unique images in no time. Made in Japan.
cardboard, plastic
Katie Gianonne, UncommonGoods Assistant Buyer
Once constructed: 4.25" W x 2.75" H x 1.25" D

Voting complete
Not available for purchase.

Disagree with the community or our buying team? Please leave a comment telling us why. We take your feedback seriously, so if there's enough community support to offer this item, we'll work to make it happen!


Tell Your Friends
Spread the word, and tell your friends to vote.

email Share to facerbook Share to twitter Share to stumbleupon Share to kadboodle
More to say?
Share your thoughts with other shoppers and our buying team in the comments section! (Optional)
Next Item
See what our community has to say

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

February 22, 2012 10:37:56 AM

We love adding new products to our voting app to see how the conversation develops! Would you love to capture memories with this DIY kit? Do you know a photographer that would enjoy some old-school shots? We can't wait to see what you say about the Pinhole Camera.


March 29, 2012 02:55:56 PM

great price, i would luv to try one of these out. luv that u are adding such a range products

Vote: Thumbs up!

March 30, 2012 12:22:37 AM

This looks like fun!

Vote: Thumbs down!

April 02, 2012 05:02:25 PM

$25 for some cardboard to make a camera?

Vote: Thumbs down!

April 03, 2012 05:03:28 AM

I've seen these type of cardboard cameras before, but the others came with film

Vote: Thumbs down!

April 03, 2012 01:13:46 PM

Tend to agree seems a bit pricey.

Vote: Thumbs down!

April 03, 2012 02:12:40 PM

Love the concept, but concerned about the additional costs of buying/developing the film.

Vote: Thumbs up!

April 03, 2012 05:21:49 PM

cute for someone - i would not buy it

Vote: Thumbs up!

April 03, 2012 06:35:48 PM

Love it! The purpose of the item is to appreciate how far we've come with photography so I don't mind building a camera of my own and buying and then developing my own film.

Vote: Thumbs up!

April 03, 2012 06:38:06 PM

Pretty cool. Love pinhole photos.

Vote: Thumbs down!

April 03, 2012 07:24:27 PM

why on earth would anyone want a cardboard camera? and buy film for pictures that may or may not turn out (either quality of photo, or composure of photo, since we are so accustomed to re-taking "bad" pictures)? I think that anyone who would want to use film actually has a real 35 mm camera to use.

Vote: Thumbs up!

April 03, 2012 09:45:14 PM

good for teaching kida

Vote: Thumbs down!

April 03, 2012 11:24:46 PM

$25 for cardboard

Vote: Thumbs down!

April 04, 2012 12:09:23 AM

Since you can make these yourself with a shoebox, it seems a little absurd to pay $25 just so the cardboard is in the shape of a camera.

Vote: Thumbs up!

April 04, 2012 01:00:38 PM

That would be great to share with my daughter!

Vote: Thumbs up!

April 04, 2012 01:09:56 PM

Bring back film photography! Personally, I'd just make a pinhole camera from scratch, but this would be a fun gift for someone who's intimidated by the full-on DIY project. Also good for older kids interested in photography.

Vote: Thumbs down!

April 04, 2012 06:01:00 PM

Made in Japan.

Vote: Thumbs down!

April 06, 2012 09:28:15 AM

Needs to come with film. And show a video about putting it together and using it.

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

April 06, 2012 11:34:31 AM

A video is a great idea. Thanks for sharing your feedback, Mallory!

Vote: Thumbs up!

April 06, 2012 10:50:07 PM

great for art/photogarphy students!

Vote: Thumbs down!

April 10, 2012 03:14:50 PM

Doesn't come with a roll? forget it.

Vote: Thumbs down!

April 10, 2012 07:29:24 PM

A cardboard camera? With the wear and tear I put my cameras through, this would NOT work. Also, could you throw it in a purse/bag? Probably not.

thanks for commenting