ultraminiature camera

Definition: (1) Design of camera using ultraminiature -- i.e. 16mm or narrower width -- film. (2) Camera made as small as possible to work in confined spaces e.g. pipes, archaeological digs. * Made possible by very small sensor chips needing tiny lenses: all that is necessary is a cable to carry signals to a nearby computer. The larger-than-life mini The classic example is the Minox camera -- famous as a spy camera -- which applied precision technology to enable surprisingly good image quality to emerge from a titchy 8x11mm film format and a camera not much fatter than an expensive cigar (but a lot more expensive). Typical of its ingenious design was a carrying chain that doubled as a distance-measuring tape for accurate close-up focusing.

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