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When it’s a Mac Mini? It might look like a film camera, but “the Betty” is a custom camera housing for a Silicon Imaging SI-2K Mini Camera Head and an Apple Mac mini. Designed to include all the features film makers coming from the 16mm world want, the camera has just two buttons—on and off, start and stop—everything else is controlled from a 7-inch HDMI touchscreen. Weighing in at just 9.8 lbs, the Betty actually weighs less than most 16mm cameras.

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The makers behind the camera, Adam Van Voorhis and Mike Szegedi, have documented their two year build born out of a film maker’s frustration with cameras that increasingly had to be rigged in order to be functional…

I missed the run and gun cinema approach that I could operate efficiently by myself with a 16mm shoulder camera and zoom.

Their next project? A pocket cinema rig.

Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker, tinkerer and co-founder of a startup working on fixing the Internet of Things. He spends much of his time probing current trends in an attempt to determine which technologies are going to define our future.

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