Hacking One-Time-Use Digital Camera

Submitted by: flarg 9 years ago Tech

You can have a digital camera for $20.
There are 67 comments:
Female 2,244
SUPER easy B-|

He lost me at soddering...

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Male 246
LOL devryl
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Female 104
just buy a camera. but i guess it`d be fun to do, if only to see if it works.
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Male 388
that site is full of BS
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Male 555
I believe the point is, if you get ahold of one of these, or if you bought a disposable for WHATEVER reason, you don`t have to return it to the store. If you`re in a pinch (camera is broke or stolen, forgot to bring it, no, or dead, batteries) and end up with a disposable digital, here`s a way to keep from wasting MORE money.
Yes, you could run to your local low-cost electronics place, but why do that, when you can go to a drugstore (they`re on nearly every corner anyway). It`s a convenience factor.

Bravo, I say, but only for this post. To the rest of the stupid MetaCafé posts, I call b/-s (at least to the ones up to now).

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Male 1,111
Or they`re the people who are smart enough to realize the price you spend on modifying the camera or buying more than one `disposable` digital camera is more than enough to buy a higher quality camera.
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Male 104
I think the people who say " or you could buy a digital camera" are the people who just arent smart enough to do it!
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Male 1,725
sounds plausable i guess
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Male 115
man, that sure would be a GREAT spy camera....WTF??

its too much work for me haha

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Male 1,111
how is it not legal?
You paid for the camera, it`s in your possession.
That`s like saying if you broke it and threw it away it wouldn`t be legal.
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Male 1,024
my eyes glazed over at "solder"

like i`m gonna break out my soldering iron to make that piece-o-crap work. damn.

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Male 25
Has anyone realized that is no really LEGAL?

o_0

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Male 13
why dont you just buy a digital camera?
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Female 60
boooooooooring...use it, abuse it blah blah blah i swear...cheapskate..... he cant even afford a proper camera......yaaaaawn and how the frigg can you be a spy with it!??!!!?
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Male 55
1 use Digital camera: $20
All the equipment he used in the video: $20
Cost of the programs: $10
The look on your face when you find out it doesn`t work: Priceless
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Male 1,111
sorry meili this is one of the real things.
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Female 33
Hasn`t anyone even considered this to be just phony as the stop light hacks, the tennis ball car unlocker, and the soda machine hacks? Just a thought...
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Male 308
I think this is stupid. One thing that I bet all of you who like it never thought of: it probably doesn`t take too many pictures either. Imagine how many times you would have to download stuff off the camera then.
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Male 404
lol nop9001
just what I was thinking
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Female 15
Hmm, too much work for me. I`d rather just buy a digital camera.
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Female 35
...Uhh, you can buy a cheap digital camara for 20..I`ve got one without an LED desplay for 15. It`s for kids, but it still works.
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Male 593
I saw this on i-hacked.com for a $10 camera. And it was easier.

Still, the biggest question ever: WHY ON EARTH would anyone want a DISPOSABLE digital camera?? That can only multiply the electronic waste amount.

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Male 170
Yeah... its like asking:
Would you like to go around the corner to BestBuy to buy a digital-camera or to go through a very complex process to hack a cheap camera to use it over and over again?
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Female 663
Does this guy not believe in pauses between sentences?
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Same here.

Talk about some Jack Bauer poo. I half expected him to say once the wires are attached you have 30 seconds before self destruction. Besides, there are plenty of decent cameras out there for cheap. One of my first digital cameras was a 3 pixel for $20 from Walmart. I find myself using that more than my piece of poo Cannon that I paid a couple of hundred for.

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Male 1,111
ewitsmana: OR you could go down to your local low cost store, pick up a 1.3MP camera for $20-$40 bucks and not have to spend any more on the cables which someone pointed out on the first page was more than $5.

sertrbl: the disposable camera is a great idea, especially for people who need one really quick, don`t need to worry about losing it, or forget their camera and don`t want to buy one.

It`s only an "evil" way to make money if someone is retarded enough to buy a disposable camera again and again and again without investing in a real film or digital camera.

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Female 127
I`ve never even seen a one time use digital camera, and I didn`t know they existed.
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Male 28
What about batteries? It isn`t worth it if it doesn`t turn on anymore after some time.
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Female 1,578
Haha. How ghetto would it be to have a digital camera that looks like a disposable one?
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Male 2,172
Trouble is THOSE CAMERA PRODUCE SHYTTYPICTURESTHATSUKMUCHASSES!
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Male 1,420
"Regular disposable: They take the film out, develop it, pop some more film back in and make sure the flash battery is good.

Digital disposable: They just transfer your pics to their server, print them off. Then delete and reset the camera settings."
which is a sucessful and evil way to earn money.
"Did knox do it yet?"
oh, thats gunna be the new "photoshopped" isnt it?

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Female 1,492
yeah..that`s too much work...i`d rather just buy a camera.
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Male 263
I despise ompanies who try to make reoccurin gmoney off technology by trying to limit the technology. The companies deserve this hack, those greedy dumb drats.

if they can make a digital camera that cheap, then just sell it like it is, sheesh. Why try to steal and rape consumers, by adding false limits, gah i hate the world.

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Male 28
How would you recharge the batteries? Through the USB, maybe??
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Male 83
the only thing I was annoyed at was the spy comment.

WTF.

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Female 25
How the hell can you guys not understand this poo. A regular digital camera is going to cost you a lot more than around 30 bucks. this is a pretty good idea. I don`t know about you guys but we have soddering irons at our school.
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Male 130
Did knox do it yet?
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Male 1,484
not sure if we have those in the UK, but im sure we have things the USA dont have though
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Male 1,496
you lost me at sodder.
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Male 1,228
Oh, I dont understand the whole "cutting and connecting wires" part..
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Male 1,111
You guys are assuming because the word "disposable" is used that it gets thrown in the trash.
Even a normal disposable camera doesn`t get thrown away. It`s simply a one use thing, for you that is.

Regular disposable: They take the film out, develop it, pop some more film back in and make sure the flash battery is good.

Digital disposable: They just transfer your pics to their server, print them off. Then delete and reset the camera settings.

This is a neat idea to know, but it`s only worth it if you have the few tools you need, then you might as well do it.

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Male 1,825
is this really nessicary? you could just rob some spoliled eight year old.
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Female 419
Just buy one, it saves the messing.
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Female 60
I agree with Manorrd, though I also think it would just be easier to buy a regular camera.
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Male 2,372
I think that`s great. Nice hack.

Sheesh...you guys make it sound like heart surgery. I really think this is a cool, simple little hack that eliminates the need to throw the camera in the garbage when you don`t need to (how en-vi-ro-men-ta-ly unfriendly!!), and plus, you can "stick it to the man" by re-using a digital camera that was really meant for a one time use.

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Male 302
Disposable digital cameras are such a waste of resources.
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Male 12
http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getpr...

1.3MP, it`s small and it`s only $30. There were cheaper ones on pricegrabber as well...but only like .3 mp

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Male 193
Hmmmmmm
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Male 239
I think paying a few extra 10s isn`t that much of a hassel compared to hacking into something.
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Male 153
They sell disposable digital cameras? I mean, with an lcd screen and everything?
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Female 546
What?
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Female 1,228
this is good for the hacking type`s of people.
I can see me doing this if I really really needed a camera.
But I don`t, and I have a good one already.
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Male 4,246
It`s pretty slick that somebody figured out how to do this, but realistically it does seem a bit pointless. In fact, it seems pointless that there`re such things as one-time-use digital cameras in the first place. I mean, what the hell, you know?
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Male 78
Does this guy not believe in pauses between sentences?
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Male 1,111
Lol that guy said at the end "it could also be a good spy camera" HOW? lol. As opposed to spending a few bucks and buying a "spy" camera.

Hi, let me takes pictures of you with this loud shuttered, flash enabled disposable camera...ah ha you didn`t see me do it, I`m a spy.

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Male 1,354
That`s kinda lame
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Male 321
ZOMG! HAX! BAN HIM!!
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Male 46
yea prty much what devryl said...
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Male 33
damn they dont sell these in uk |-(
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Male 168
does anybody know what kind of resolution those cameras have? I might consider this for my 4 yr old daughter (she`s been asking for her own camera). Looks like a pretty simple project
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Male 336
sounds like a fun project to me.
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Male 339
Did pricing on sites that sell the equipment he listed... around here that stuff would run me upwards of 45 bux. Then he takes into mind that everyone has a soldering iron, for the people who dont then that would cost them another 10 bux. More than half the price it would take to just buy a bottom of the line digital camera from the electronics store.

I mean, if you were a real cheap person this may be a good idea, or if you had the money and time to waste on a rainy day project. Otherwise it seems to me to be a bit silly.

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Male 222
What devryl said....
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Male 506
Yea someone would cut their wire by taking his word.
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Female 199
ummmmm yah.
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Male 602
Wow, I see why might someone do this, but do you really wanna waste 20 bucks for the camera, at least 5 bucks for the wires, and obtain the skills to solder well, just so you get a really sucky digital camera? I`d just get a high quality one.
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Male 82
Oooooor you could just buy a digital camera...
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Male 280
Link: Hacking One-Time-Use Digital Camera [Rate Link] - You can have a digital camera for $20.
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