Mini Memories: Tiny Digital Camera Smaller than a Matchbox

Does anyone else think the “tiny gadgets” trend has been taken a little too far lately? When you can lose your digital camera in your shirt pocket, maybe it’s time to re-think the miniaturization of everything. Tiny and probably-impractical though it may be, the Chobi Miniature Digital Camera is sort of cute – and honestly, we love anything that lets us pretend to be giants. Believe it or not, it takes actual pictures at a resolution of around three megapixels, and video at 1280 X 960 (30FPS).

Needless to say, this tiny camera would be perfect for living out all of your spy fantasies. It also includes a voice recording function so you can sneakily record conversations. At just 4.4 X 2.9 X 1.2 cm (1.73″ X 1.14″ X 0.47″) and 14 grams, no one will ever know you’re carrying it.

Given the camera’s extremely small size, you probably wouldn’t be able to see much through the viewfinder, so framing shots would be left up to luck. But it stores images on a MicroSD card, so all you have to do is plug the card in when you get back to your computer and edit all of the poorly-shot pics. At around $150 (US), it’s probably out of the “gag gift” price range, but whether you want to pay that much for an itty-bitty camera depends on how much you enjoy pretending to be a giant. Just be sure to attach it to your keyring or a wrist strap, or you’ll lose it as soon as you take it out of the package.

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