Over the years, many Game Boy Camera mods have been done. Most of these were for nostalgia. What about putting it in a real-world setting? What would the results be? Conor Merrigan, a YouTuber and enthusiast for cars, decided to find out.
In 1998, the original Game Boy Camera was released. It had an optional attachment that allowed users print images taken with the system. This was the only way to obtain a copy of the images. The Game Boy Camera captured “color” images (four shades in greyscale) at a staggering 128×112 pixels. Yet, it has gained a cult following over the years.
Merrigan made a change earlier in the year to improve the Game Boy Camera’s range. Merrigan used a 3D-printed adapter to mount a Canon DSLR lens. This allowed him to use a telephoto zoom with his now-ancient camera, and increased the number of images he could capture.
Next was to test the camera. He then took his modified Game Boy Camera to the track to capture some automotive content.
Merrigan’s work has an undeniable charm. Modern photographers have become accustomed to seeing a lot of resolution, zoom ranges, color depth, and color depth. But Merrigan’s pixelated photos are more striking and captivating than most. Merrigan shared his results from the track trip on his Instagram. He was also spotted by The Drive. Merrigan was kind enough to share his images with PETaPixel to see what he was capable of with his retro camera.
Although the images look a little pixelated on larger devices, which is normal given the sensor’s nature, they have an almost nostalgic appeal that is difficult to duplicate on any other device. Although a Game Boy is unlikely to get you a press pass for any event, it does offer the possibility to produce unique and interesting results.