The Smallest Digicam on Retail?

The Chobi Mini Digital Camera can capture 1280 x 960 AVI videos at 30 frames per second, and take 2048 x 1536 JPEG photos (around 3 megapixels). Not really impressive off the bat, until you realize that the Chobi is smaller than an eraser.

At 4.4 x 2.9 x 1.2 cm (length, height, and depth respectively), the Chobi Mini nevertheless has enough space to accommodate microSD memory cards (8GB max), and even a voice recorder. Made by Japanese manufacturer JTT, the camera lacks the LCD viewfinder that's a standard today, but makes up for this somewhat with an old-school viewfinder.

The JTT Chobi Mini can plug into Mac OS and Windows PCs via USB. It comes with a one-month warranty(!) and a Japanese(!!) manual, at a very reasonable price of 13850 yen (a bit below $150). Currently available from Geek Stuff 4 U.

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  • Too small. I mean, outside of novelty I don't see any real use for this thing.
  • While 3 megapixels and 1280x960 avi's arent too bad for something that's roughly the size of a 9V battery, I wonder what the quality of the photos and video looks like. If they're clear and have good quality, it'd be neat, but grainy low quality photos with poor color aren't very useful. I'm curious to see some samples of what it does.
  • This is getting a bit stupid now. This reminds me of that Wendy's $2.99 combo meal commercial, where the dude is eating those tiny fries.... Small is cool and all, but there is a point where it becomes ridiculous.

    BTW, found the commercial