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Kenko Tokina unveils ultra compact Pieni II camera

Pieni II
Pieni II

Kenko Tokina has unveiled Pieni II , an ultra-compact toy camera with a 1.3MP sensor in a cute retro style,especially for CP+ 2023 .

The design of the Pieni II is reminiscent of some Leica or Fujifilm cameras, but much smaller of course. Inside the device is a tiny 1/10-inch 1.3-megapixel CMOS sensor that allows you to take photos (at 1280 x 1024), video (720p) and record sound. The selected shooting mode is indicated by a small LED in the viewfinder.

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Measuring just 5.1 cm wide, 3.6 cm high and 1.8 cm thick, the camera is arguably one of the most compact on the market. Moreover, it is surprisingly light – only 18 grams.

The manufacturer writes that the device “produces images reminiscent of watercolors and oil paintings” , that is – calling it by its proper name – the image quality is close to the quality that the phone camera produced 20 years ago :).

Image example:

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It is noteworthy that Pieni II is devoid of the now familiar rear screen and has only a tiny optical viewfinder. But the idea behind using it is to give images a certain degree of unpredictability, as opposed to the pixel-perfect rendering of modern cameras and phones that we’re used to. Data is written to a microSD card, charging is carried out via a microUSB port.

Note that the camera is promoted by the manufacturer as a fashionable and decorative accessory, it can be worn as a pendant or, for example, attached as a fridge magnet.

Specifications

  • Image Sensor: 1/10″ CMOS
  • Total Pixels: 1.31MP
  • Number of effective pixels: 1.31MP
  • Lens: 3.2mm F2.8
  • Focus range: 0.3 m –  Ꚙ
  • Zoom: no
  • Memory cards: micro SD, micro SDHC
  • Photo resolution: 1280×1024
  • Video resolution: 720×480 (30 fps)
  • Shutter Speed: 1/100s
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100
  • Power supply: built-in lithium-ion battery
  • I/O Ports: USB2.0
  • Dimensions: 51 x 36 x 18 mm
  • Weight: ~18 g (without card)

What about the prices?

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Pieni II in four pastel colors (turquoise, orange, pink and gray) sells for 4,881 yen ($38), while the Sanrio kawaii version is 6,580 yen ($49).

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