Capturing Timeless Moments: The 5 Best Large Format Pinhole Cameras of 2024

As a passionate pinhole photographer, I've always found myself drawn to the captivating allure of large format pinhole cameras. While I appreciate and frequently use medium format, there's an undeniable supremacy to large format that captivates me. The images produced boast a distinct visual charm – sharper, richer in detail, and exuding an overall superior image quality. 

If you're contemplating the immersive world of large format pinhole photography, here's a curated list of my top 5 large format pinhole cameras that deserve your consideration.

The Zero Image 4x5

Without a doubt the best large format pinhole camera going, the design and build is outstanding, I have owned one for about 10 years, it is a workhorse camera built to last and mine has gone through so much abuse over the years and it still works perfectly.

The deluxe version come with the best pinhole shutter systems on the market, capable of using a cable release.

It also come with 2 extra extension frames to adjust the focal length

Single frame Angle of View - 25mm = 148.35°

+1 extension frame Angle of View - 50mm = 120.99°

+2 extension frame Angle of View - 75mm = 99.35°

Possessing these extension frames enhances your creative versatility by liberating you from the constraints of a fixed focal length. This opens up a realm of artistic possibilities, providing you with greater creative freedom to explore and experiment with various perspectives.

Buy yours direct form Zero Image HERE

RealitySoSubtle 4x5 Z

RealitySoSubtle has earned a reputation for crafting some of the sharpest pinholes available, housed in stunning camera bodies. Their latest creation, the 4x5 Z, stands out as a multi-format large format pinhole camera, showcasing the brand's commitment to delivering both exceptional image quality and innovative design.  The design is similar to the Zero Image but has different focal lengths, 50mm, 75mm and 90mm which may suit more people not wanting the extreme width of the Zero Image.

RealitySoSubtle has integrated a rise pinhole system into their design, incorporating three pinholes—one in the center and two off-center. By maintaining the camera's alignment, you gain the ability to utilize a higher or lower pinhole, expanding your capture above or below the horizon. This innovative feature proves particularly useful in maintaining the integrity of vertical lines, preventing distortion that often occurs when angling the camera upward or downward.

Buy yours direct for RealitySoSubtle HERE

The Mia 4x5

Mia Pinholes may be a newcomer to the scene, but it's making waves with its collection of striking 3D printed pinhole cameras. The advantages of opting for a 3D printed camera are twofold: lightweight design and exceptional durability. These cameras not only withstand the rigors of daily use but also maintain a portability that fits the dynamic nature of photographic exploration.

A standout feature is the easy disassembly of Mia Pinhole cameras, facilitating effortless cleaning, especially if you find yourself amidst sandy or dusty environments. The thoughtful design extends to practical details like a magnetic filter holder securely fastened to the front and a magnetic film holder, ensuring a seamless shooting experience.

Mia Pinhole offers two enticing options: a 35mm version with a broad 133° angle of view and a 50mm version boasting a 116° angle of view. The shutter system, also magnetically secured, provides a satisfyingly snappy response.

Adding a personal touch to your photographic companion is a unique offering from Mia Pinholes—choose from a range of color combinations to tailor your camera to your style. Moreover, the use of RealitySoSubtle pinholes ensures that your images maintain a sharp and high-quality aesthetic.

In the realm of pinhole photography, Mia Pinholes brings a fresh perspective, blending modern 3D printing technology with the timeless art of capturing images with a pinhole.

Buy yours direct from Mia Pinholes HERE

Harman Titan

The HARMAN TiTAN pinhole camera, a collaborative creation by Walker Cameras and Harman Technology Ltd (ILFORD), has always been a camera I've admired. When I initially purchased my Zero Image 4x5, the HARMAN TiTAN was a strong contender, and though I opted for the Zero Image at the time, the allure of the TiTAN has remained.

Crafted from injection-molded ABS and featuring stainless steel fittings, this camera boasts exceptional durability, standing up to harsh weather conditions and rough handling without a hitch.

The kit version includes a 72mm wide-angle cone, with optional 110mm and 150mm focal lengths available. For those who prefer custom pinholes, blank pinhole holders are also offered.

In essence, the HARMAN TiTAN is a rugged pinhole camera built to endure, making it the perfect companion for shooting in any weather or situation.

Looking at the many images online and reviews from users this camera is very well built and produces sharp images for a pinhole camera, I have often preferred wider pinhole cameras but the 72mm this comes with is certainly wide enough for most users and the option for different focal lengths will make this a desirable option for many

This is the next larger format pinhole camera to add to my collection.

Also available in 8x10

Buy yours direct from Walker Cameras HERE

ONDU 4x5 rise

Undoubtedly one of the most beautifully crafted pinhole cameras on the market, ONDU's commitment to quality is evident in every handmade piece. Constructed from rich walnut, maple, and ash, these cameras are a testament to meticulous craftsmanship.

The RISE variant, featuring three strategically placed pinholes, offers unparalleled flexibility. With one at the center and two on thirds of the pinhole plane, and equipped with three tripod mounts, it allows exposures in all directions. This RISE option empowers you to adjust the horizon, achieving lower or upper thirds as desired.

Boasting a fixed focal length of 58mm and a wide-angle view of 106°, the ONDU pinhole camera captures expansive scenes with clarity. The shutter system, employing a smooth magnetic snap, minimizes any unwanted movement—a common concern with other pinhole cameras. Additionally, the magnetic filter holder and film holder add to the camera's practicality and security.

Having owned this camera for several years, I can attest to its enduring appeal. Not only does it perform exceptionally, but it also doubles as a striking piece when displayed on the shelf—a camera for a lifetime. While a single pinhole option is available, the RISE version comes highly recommended for its added versatility.

Buy your direct from ONDU HERE

In conclusion, the world of pinhole photography is a captivating journey of creativity and artistry, and the cameras mentioned here each bring their unique charm to this timeless craft. Whether you're drawn to the classic elegance of the Zero Image, the rugged durability of the HARMAN TiTAN, RealitySoSubtle 4x5 Z and the Mia, or the meticulous craftsmanship of the ONDU RISE, each camera is a gateway to a world where simplicity meets profound expression.

As you embark on your pinhole adventures, remember that each exposure is a moment frozen in time, a testament to the magic of capturing light through a tiny aperture. Whichever camera you choose to accompany you on this journey, may it inspire you to see the world anew and create images that tell your unique story.

Here's to countless pinhole moments and the timeless beauty they unveil. Happy shooting!


  1. Very informative and interesting blog, love reading these articles and watching your YouTube videos, keep up the great work!

  2. I'm guessing RealitySoSubtle 45Z. Great to see you're feeling well. Cheers! -Ken


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