Fuuvi takes movies retro with pint-sized Bee digital 8mm camera
By Emily Price
January 15, 2012
While once a standard, you'd be hard-pressed to find an 8mm film camera today outside of a second-hand shop or Ebay. If you still want the look of the vintage camera in your video - as well as a vintage form factor for the camera itself - Fuuvi has created a new digital option called the Fuuvi Bee. Modeled after a traditional 8mm video camera, the pint-sized Bee captures video at 640 x 480 pixels and 30fps, with the ability to capture 100 minutes of video on a single charge.
In addition to shooting video the camera can also capture still photos, although at an exceptionally low 1.3-megapixel resolution. The camera's lens has a maximum aperture of f2.8, and shutter speed options for the camera run from 1/6 - 1/2500 sec. Like traditional 8 mm cameras, the Bee won't record audio.Videos you record using the camera are saved onto a microSD/SDHC memory card, and can be uploaded to PC or MAC computers via USB to share with others via email, or on video sharing sites such as YouTube.
With the decidedly low image capturing specs - even when compared to your average smartphone - you'd have to ask why someone would opt for this instead of just giving their video a retro look at the post production stage. But as we've seen with the success of the Digital Harinezumi, or the restored Polaroid SX-70 camera, there's a market for this kind of thing - and to be fair, Fuuvi does classify it as a toy.
The Fuuvi Bee is available now for US$80. You can check out some sample shots from the camera in the gallery above and a sample video shot with the Bee below - although it quickly gets as boring as the old home movies captured on the original 8 mm cameras.