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[February 26, 2013]

Inventor eyes up camera market with new tiny lens [South Wales Echo (UK)]

(South Wales Echo (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) JAMES BOND would be proud to have this tiny camera in his arsenal.

Greg Dash, from South Wales, invented the inchhigh gadget because he could not find a cheap fish eye lens. Now he is hoping to raise Pounds 35,000 so he can put it on the market.

"I couldn't buy one so I thought I would make a version," the 25 year old said.

"I wanted someone to make it, because I'm not an expert. So I got a camera manufacturer to do that and I have been using it for a while." People soon started asking where it was from, so he registered with funding website Indiegogo.

There, he is trying to raise Pounds 35,000 so he can put his creation in the shops.

"It's been surprising," he said.

"Because in the first 10 hours I got Pounds 3,000. And then it started getting picked up by blogs." At the time of writing, Pounds 5,510 had been donated, while gadget websites loved the machine.

Web blog Gadizmo said: "Our fascination with tiny cameras seems to never end." The Phoblographer was equally impressed, as it was "so tiny and so cute".

The device has a 170[masc ordinal] field of view and can shoot anything from two to 12 megapixels.

It can record high definition video and has a time lapse mode.

The Phoblographer said of the camera: "That's some truly insane battery life." Mr Dash took snaps of Tubman the chimp and Yoko the Gibbon when he visited Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary in Neath for a birthday treat.

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