6 pinhole cameras for 2021

As photographic technology continues to advance further and further forward why on earth would you consider trying a photographic technique from the 1850s in 2021??

A pinhole camera has a single small aperture, known as the pinhole, and that's all it is, is a light-proof box with a small hole on one side. To get an image the light needs to pass through the pinhole and project an inverted image onto the opposite side of the box onto a piece of photographic paper or film.

Pinhole photography may be a ridiculously basic camera compared to a basic DSLR, but there are a few people who have advanced pinhole cameras to make them more usable, reliable and enjoyable.

A few companies and individuals have been improving their cameras over the years and here are a few of my favourite out there at the moment.


6x12 RISE

ONDU Pinhole launched their range of pinhole camera in 2013 through a Kickstarter campaign, they are now on their MKIII version.

They have a range of cameras from small 35mm pocket cameras to giant 8x10s.

The new versions have the option of a RISE function.

The RISE has 3 holes, this gives you the possiblity to expose the images with the option of raising of lowering the horizon of the image either to the lower or upper third or centre without distorting the horizontal lines of the subject.

They have improved their shutter system to a sliding shutter that was designed for shake free exposures as well as the ability to shoot pinholes with filters. 

ONDUs are are beautifully hand crafted cameras, with a minimalistic design and simple operation.

See photo examples on Flickr 

Check out there range of cameras on their website https://ondupinhole.com


RealitySoSubtle have some of the sharpest (sharp in pinhole terms) pinhole cameras available on the market.

All cameras are designed and manufactured by James Guerin using CNC machining and traditional manual processes. Producing precise, durable and well made cameras that are a pleasure to use.

The pinhole camera come in 2 options, one with a rise function (2 pinholes) and the other with a thread for a 52mm filter.

These cameras are very highly recommend and used by many pinhole photographers.

See photo examples on Flickr

Check out the range of cameras available on his website https://realitysosubtle.fr

Zero Image

Zero Image pinhole cameras are wooden hand-made cameras made in Hong Kong since 1999, with a range of cameras from 35mm to 8x10. The cameras are made of selected high-quality teak wood and have around 15-20 layers of coating applied by hand to each camera, to insure maximum protection of the wood. They also do a Back to nature and back to basic series with environmentally friendly wax-oil finish and more affordable price.

A range of "add-on" accessories can be included like a 52mm filter adapter, bubble level, cable release adaptor, brass edge protectors, brass exposure scale you can also get a hand engraved plate.

Speak to any pinhole photographer and they either have, have had or want a ZeroImage.

See photo examples on Flickr

Check out their range of cameras available http://www.zeroimage.com


The HOLGA 120WPC (Wide Pinhole Camera) is a medium format film camera.
The HOLGA cameras have a large following, they may have many "flaws" which you may have to learn to embrace and soon love. They are a plastic fantastic camera and one of the cheapest available.
Will work best with a cable release for longer exposures, it shoots in two wide formats 6×9 and 6×12.
This is a perfect first pinhole camera for anyone on a budget.

See photo examples on Flickr
Available on eBay and sometimes Amazon

Vermeer Cameras

Vermeer pinhole cameras are beautiful handcrafted cameras made by a photographer and camera maker based in Wrocław, Poland.
Vermeer cameras has a nice range of cameras available from smaller 35mm cameras, to larger 120 film 6x17s and large format 4x5s, also anamorphic pinhole cameras.
The cameras are a simple hassle free design with a simple shutter system.

Most cameras are made to order and you can even have your own ideas created, just for you!

You can make your orders via the Vermeer cameras website http://vermeercamera.com

Readymade models available via Vermeer's eBay and Etsy stores.

See photo examples on Flickr


terraPin 3Dprinted Pinhole Camera (6X6 format) from schlem ...

If you have a 3D printer the TerraPin cameras may be for you.

Designed and developed by Todd Schlemmer, there are a range of cameras available to download and print including various accessories and mods. 

These are some really cool cameras designed really well,I have heard really good things about them. If you need to add your own pinhole, you can make your own, or they are available on eBay or though RealitySoSubtle.

Check out some photos from these cameras on Flickr

Check out the cameras available and download the files at https://www.thingiverse.com/schlem/designs

For pinhole inspiration, check out some of my own work over at my website or some pinhole videos over at my YouTube channel 


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