New in the Maker Shed: Bigshot Camera Kit

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New in the Maker Shed: Bigshot Camera Kit

You may have heard about the Bigshot Camera Kit from Shree Nayar’s Science Friday talk, presentation at Maker Faire New York, or noticed in for sale in the Maker Shed Tent. Now, we’re excited to announce that the BigShot Camera is available for immediate shipping in the Maker Shed online store.


The Bigshot camera was designed with education in mind. It’s a complete digital camera that you assemble yourself, learning how it works along the way. The detailed descriptions, illustrations, and demonstrations teach you the fundamental concepts of optics, mechanics, electromagnetism, electronics and image processing as you build the camera. Once complete, the camera allows you to tap into your potential as a photographer. You’ll learn how to compose shots, experiment with lighting, framing, motion, and how to use the polyoptic wheel to explore new creative views – including 3D. After your pictures are taken, use the free Bigshot software (PC and Mac versions available) to download, process, and share your images with the world.

Using Bigshot 2

Although the Bigshot was designed for young makers, it’s just as much fun for adults. It’s also green in that it requires no batteries or external power. Just wind the integrated crank when your batteries get low and keep taking pictures!

More details and tech specs for the BigShot Camera Kit can be found in the Maker Shed.

4 thoughts on “New in the Maker Shed: Bigshot Camera Kit

  1. Michael S. says:

    Just got it as a birthday present for my son. The idea is nice, the hand crank cute, but the image quality is just a disaster. I really did not expect much, but it’s FAR below even the lowest expectations. The flash is completely useless. Too bright for close things, to weak for far ones. I will give a try tomorrow outdoor, but the intension was to get a cam for stop motion movies. My little one loves this. Naturally they are taken indoor – looks very very bad.

  2. homunq says:

    I have to agree with Michael S: this does not live up to its promise. My daughter followed the instructions correctly, and ended up with a camera broken in two ways. I had to take half a millimeter off of the shutter button peg using a razor blade, AND improve the connection for the battery using tiny scraps of aluminum foil, before it would even work. My daughter is still happy with it, but I would recommend NOT buying this item.

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