Five Fully Functional 3D-Printed Cameras

3D Printing & Imaging Craft & Design Photography & Video
Five Fully Functional 3D-Printed Cameras

This article first appeared in MAKE Volume 38, on page 59.


P6*6 120 Pinhole Camera

Pinhole camera enthusiast Todd Schlemmer created three different printable camera designs and actively posts photos to his 3D Printed Cameras Flickr group. His P6*6 120 pinhole camera has a 6×6 frame, shoots medium-format 120 film, and is well documented with a detailed assembly and usage guide. The body features a knurled film advancing knob. Community members have modified the camera to use neutral-density filters, allowing for the slower exposures that pinhole cameras like best. Download from Thingiverse or purchase on Tindie.


Photos taken with the  P6*6 120 Pinhole Camera


PINH5AD 4×5-inch Pinhole Camera

Also by Todd Schlemmer, the PINH5AD is designed around a 4×5 film holder and come in both 90mm and 150mm focal length designs. It uses the “Pinhead shutter design” developed for his first printable camera, the PINHE4D. Files and detailed instructions are on Thingiverse or parts can be purchased from Shapeways.


Photos taken with the  PINH5AD 4×5-inch Pinhole Camera


Pinhole135 Camera Mini

This small pinhole 3d printed camera was the first 3D printed design for Thingiverse user sss860149. With a pinhole size of about 0.2–0.3mm, it has an 84° angle of view, a 24mm focal length, and shoots full-sized 4×6 “round image format” photos on standard 135mm film. The files are freely available for download from Thingiverse.


Photos taken with the Pinhole135 Camera Mini



Winner of numerous awards, the OpenReflex by Léo Marius is an analog camera with a mirror viewfinder and a finger activated mechanical shutter that captures at approximately 1/60 of a second. Parts are separate files to simplify modifications, and print time is approximately 15 hours with under an hour of assembly. Download the files from Thingiverse and check out the assembly instructions.


Photos Taken with OpenReflex


3D-Printed Digital Camera

Randy Sarafan, author of 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer and creator of Simple Bots, designed a digital camera with an Arduino, RadioShack JPEG Color Camera Board, Seeed Studio INT106D1P SD shield, and a few additional parts, all available from RadioShack. Pictures are easily transferred via SD card. Get the parts and instructions.


Photos taken with the 3D-Printed Digital Camera

Discuss this article with the rest of the community on our Discord server!

Anna Kaziunas France is interested practical digital fabrication focused project documentation (anything that turns codes into things), as well as adventures in synthetic biology, biohacking, personal genomics and programmable materials.

She's currently working on the forthcoming book "Design for CNC: Practical Joinery Techniques, Projects, and Tips for CNC-routed Furniture".

She’s also the Academic Dean of the global Fab Academy program, the co-author of Getting Started with MakerBot and compiled the Make: 3D Printing book.

Formerly, she worked as an editor for Make: Books, was digital fabrication editor and skill builder section editor for Make: Magazine, and directed Make:'s 2015 and 2014 3D Printer Shootout testing events.

She likes things that are computer-controlled, parametric, and open— preferably all three.

Find her on her personal site, Twitter and Facebook.

View more articles by Anna Kaziunas France


Ready to dive into the realm of hands-on innovation? This collection serves as your passport to an exhilarating journey of cutting-edge tinkering and technological marvels, encompassing 15 indispensable books tailored for budding creators.