Make a DIY Camera that Shoot GIF Powered by Raspberry Pi

Make magazine just published a really neat project – It explains in a step by step way how to make your own DIY 3d printed, Raspberry Pi powered camera that records and posts animated GIF videos to the web – how cool is this?

After we have seen a 3D Printed DIY functioning 135mm f/1.8 lens how about a fully functioning DIY camera that can record short GIF videos?

For this project you will need a number of things including a Raspberry Pi Zero, Adafruit 2500mAh LiPo Battery, Adafruit 16mm Illuminated Pushbutton, slide switch and a few other things which you can find in this link.

The assembly instructions is in the video above and if you have a little bit of experience with Raspberry Pi builds like these – it seems fairly uncomplicated (although with our lack of experience we are not sure how far we would be able to go with this).

Thinking about this we are wondering how come no camera manufacturer has ever thought about adding this function into a proper camera – this could actually be pretty cool and quite useful for quick and immediate social media use.

You can also check out many more interesting DIY photography projects here on LensVid.


Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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