YouTuber Builds His Own Image Sensor And Digital Camera From Scratch

Sean Hodgins uses an old Canon lens for his project.
Loukia Papadopoulos

YouTuber Sean Hodgins decided to build his own image sensor and digital camera from scratch. This may sound too good to be true but the YouTuber is living proof that it can be done.

And no one was more surprised than Hodgins. "It's working!" screamed the YouTuber in delight.

To build the technology he used a one-kilo pixel image sensor, a matrix of 32 by 32 photocells. "To put it in perspective, most cameras today have a 12-megapixel image sensor," said the YouTuber.

Hodgins uses a 3D printer to print the frames. He then made use of an old Canon zoom lens that he got from taking an old camera apart.

"There are only a few parts to the assembly. The microcontroller circuit board, then the image sensor circuit board that plugs in the back. These both mount inside the camera in two different locations," explains Hodgins.

Then come two 3D printed parts which consist of the camera body and lens mount. Finally, there is the old Canon lens.

How does Hodgins bring them all together? We won't tell you that. You have to watch the video for this entertaining and fun journey.


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