To clarify: When we say ‘weirdest’ we mean aesthetically, not performance-wise. The cameras‘ technical specifications haven’t factored into the decision to include the model in this list. Basically, these cameras are visually the strangest we’ve ever seen, and if you think the first one on the list is odd, just wait until you reach the bottom of this page. You’ll be stunned.
Transparent Nikon D80
The transparent Nikon D80 pictured above was seen at the Photokina exhibition back in 2006, and, well, that’s all we know. Apparently the camera was indeed functioning. As far as we know these transparent D80’s aren’t yet available to buy. Found at Gizmodo.
Pentax LX Special GOLD Edition, 1981
The beautifully extravagant 18 carat gold plated Pentax LX pictured above was released in 1981 to commemorate the 10 millionth sale of the standard LX SLR camera. 300 of these oddities were produced, each one delivered inside a wooden box, also containing a pair of silk gloves with which to handle it. Found at Complex.
The NIKKOR Pistol
According to World Famous Design Junkies, the camera above goes by the name of the DORYU 2-16 Pistol Camera and is a 16mm police-issue video camera with Cine-Nikkor 25mm F1.4 lens. This stunningly crafted piece of equipment is apparently extremely rare and near impossible to get hold of. Being filmed by someone with one of these must be terrifying. Found at WFDJ.
Artist Wayne Martin Belger is responsible for the last couple of cameras on this list, and it’s easy to see why. He created the pinhole camera seen above using materials such as Aluminium, Titanium, Brass, Silver, Gem Stones and a 150 year old skull of a 13 year old girl. Yes, you read that correctly. The last image is of a photo taken using the camera itself. Found at Boy of Blue.
Above is Untouchable, the creepiest, most sinister camera ever produced (to my knowledge). The camera was created by Mr Belger in order to photograph HIV sufferers, so naturally he filled parts of the camera with HIV positive blood. Says the artist, ‘The blood pumps through the camera then in front of the pinhole and becomes my #25 red filter’. Incredible. Found at Boy of Blue.