12 Classic Cameras That Look Nothing Like Cameras

By Gizmodo on at

The advent of digital photography has transformed how we view the world around us. The breadth and scope of our image capture devices has exploded. But not even the most ingenious action cam can compare to the sheer audacity of these awesome rigs collected by our friends at Ooobject.

Be sure to also take a look through these industrial movie cameras, 14 film shooters what look like bullet shooters, and 20 8mm cameras (that may or may not have been used in that terrible Nic Cage movie).

12 Classic Cameras Unlike Any Rig You've Ever Seen

Rectaflex Rotor 1952


12 Classic Cameras Unlike Any Rig You've Ever Seen

Bell & Howell Clockwork Movie Camera


12 Classic Cameras Unlike Any Rig You've Ever Seen

Giant 900lb camera 1900

In 1900, George R. Lawrence built this mammoth 900 lb. camera to take a picture of a train.


12 Classic Cameras Unlike Any Rig You've Ever Seen

Dr. Neubronner's Miniature Pigeon Camera

Used for aerial reconnaissance during WWI


12 Classic Cameras Unlike Any Rig You've Ever Seen

Meopta Pankopta Panoramic Camera, 1962


12 Classic Cameras Unlike Any Rig You've Ever Seen

Nicca Nicnon Binocular spy camera


12 Classic Cameras Unlike Any Rig You've Ever Seen

Stereo Photosphere camera, France 1890


12 Classic Cameras Unlike Any Rig You've Ever Seen

Houghton Ticka, watch camera 1906


12 Classic Cameras Unlike Any Rig You've Ever Seen

Demon Detective Camera 1880s


12 Classic Cameras Unlike Any Rig You've Ever Seen

Cane Handle Camera Ben Akiba by A. Lehmann, 1903


12 Classic Cameras Unlike Any Rig You've Ever Seen

Williamson propeller powered airplane camera

Camera attaches to the bottom of airplane; propeller provides power for film advance.


12 Classic Cameras Unlike Any Rig You've Ever Seen

French Revolver Camera 1882