But after some troubleshooting and help from the Playdate dev community, he had it all functional.
The finished application for the Playdate Camera offers a full camera roll. As well as image adjustments, such as the brightness and contrast, and dithering modes to give your images some unique looks.
The resulting photos from the Playdate Camera are 320 x 240 pixels in GIF format.
There is also a video mode that allows you to use the hand crank to record animated GIFs just like a vintage camera. This is probably my favorite feature. Super cool!
Image by Tom Granger
Needless to say, this kind of project is right up our alley.
This is a fun original app for the Playdate that would surely take up quite a lot of our time if we had one for ourselves.
Speaking of having one for yourself; Tom Granger does not offer the Playdate Camera for sale, but he has done the next best thing…
He has loaded the entire project to his
Github so you can build your own.
That process would involve some 3d printing, ordering some custom PCBs, and sourcing a few necessary parts.
Much like with the recent , there’s some fun options for the materials you use to print the shell.
You could actually just 3d print the shell in a yellow color to match your Playdate, or can do some fun transparent stuff.
If you’ve really got the money to spend, you can do it in aluminum to match the Playdate’s hand crank.
But hey… if you happen to have the skills to make one of these, could you please make us one as well?
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Anthony has been a
video game lover ever since he can remember. He became a fulltime nomad in 2018, living throughout most of Asia. He focused his passion in retro gaming and began creating a game for the Game Boy Color while living in Nara, Japan during the 2020 pandemic. He is now in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he spends most of his time gaming, going on long walks and meeting as many stray dogs as possible.