Here’s another contender for the Leica entry-level camera: The Pieca mounts all your M glass and is based on a Raspberry Pi4 computer. Its cheerful Box Brownie/Polaroid visage and chunky handling could be just up your street if you are looking for a leg up on the Leica bandwagon. The only snag is that you’ll have to build it yourself.
In the Tea and Tech Time blog, Tdsepsilon describes how his obsession with the Leica rangefinder and his electronic chops combined to generate the Pieca Camera System. The pun is intended and far too appropriate to ignore.
As Mr T says, “This camera project is a culmination of countless hours of learning to code in various languages, designing 3D parts, printing them successfully, building basic electronic circuits, using optical elements, and solving complex problems in general”.
Based on the venerable Raspberry Pi4 processor and using a high-quality (but tiny) image sensor, the Leica incorporates a five-inch touch screen with live view and full manual controls. It has more ports than you can shake a stick at and incorporates a nifty USB stick with an additional USB-C connector.
The Peica makes for a fascinating story, and you can now read the full saga. Better still, watch the video. Pay special attention to the explanation of the tiny sensor, the resulting crop factor (which is not ideal for full-frame M lenses) and the “focal length reducer” secret.
Now, which intrepid Macfilos reader is going to be the first to design and build their own Peica? I think this is one for Dunk, don’t you? Can you afford not to have a finger in the pi?