There are two things I’m very passionate about in life: photography and astronomy. While both started out as hobbies, my affinity grew with the more I learned. Recently, I’ve attempted to combine the two and take photos of my favourite objects in the sky. The problem? They’re not great. The worst problem? The necessary gear for this field costs fortunes. Until now. Introducing Tiny1.
Developed by TinyMOS, the Tiny1 is the world’s smallest astronomy camera. Despite its size, it has all the power you need to capture the wonders of the night sky with ease.
Unlike other astronomical photography equipment on the market, Tiny1 requires no special knowledge to operate. Simply point it in the direction you’d like to capture and press the shutter button – it really is that simple and totally redefines “point and shoot.”
Located on the back of the camera is a detailed touchscreen complete with an interactive map of constellations, stars, and objects in the sky.
As you move the camera around the map automatically moves with it to always show you what it’s pointing at. This technology, paired with the ease of operation, brings the universe right to your hands.
If you’re wondering how it’s all possible: Tiny1 is loaded with incredible technology. Using an advanced noise reduction algorithm, the Tiny1 self-calibrates with every shot for a crystal clear image. It does this with a back-illuminated CMOS sensor which converts light into signal. Used with the fantastic wide angle lens, the result is an extraordinarily pristine image down to the pixel.
If you’re more into video, the Tiny1 can also capture incredible full resolution at 60 frames per second. The videos can be easily edited for stunning time-lapse. Use the mobile app to quickly share your captures over Wi-Fi or use your smartphone as the remote to avoid camera shake.
All of this technology resides in an ultra compact casing. Made of aircraft-grade aluminum, the Tiny1 is super strong and durable. Not only does the aluminum keep the camera protected, it also aids in heat management to reduce thermal noise in your images. The exterior also features an accessory button to allow for future integrations. Measuring under 5 inches in length, the Tiny1 is perfect for stashing in your pocket to always be ready.
I know this all seems too good to be true. However, all of the photos and videos of astronomical objects in this blog have been taken by the Tiny1. The creators truly care about photography and this shows in every detail of the product.
The Tiny1 was originally funded on July 10th via an Indiegogo campaign. The donations totalled over $382k to make the camera a reality. Available for pre-order, $449 will get you the Tiny1 camera along with a 4mm f/1.2 wide angle lens.
This is obviously a massive step in the right direction for bringing photography to the masses. What could be next – a specialized macro camera?