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LOOK: Game Boy Camera used to photograph solar eclipse

By: - Content Strategist / @ABayleINQ
/ 02:31 PM August 22, 2017

Image: Imgur/Reddit user zhx

Photographers all over the United States set up expensive equipment and special filters to capture jaw-dropping photos of the August 21 solar eclipse.

On the other hand, Reddit user “zhx” just used an almost twenty-year-old Game Boy Camera but still managed to capture a good shot.

Image: Reddit/user “zhx”

The redditor said it was sheer luck that the photo was taken, “I just kinda decided last minute to grab my Game Boy when I went out to walk around and I’m pretty pleased with the results.”

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The image appears like it was zoomed in but zhx claims it was just a standard shot with no zoom or filter used. Apparently, the white blot is the sun and the black circle surrounding it is just a halo effect, not the moon.

“Not zoomed in, the sun itself is a very small part of the picture, the dark circle is just a crazy halo effect,” zhx said. “No filter either, I didn’t even get a pair of glasses to look at it; had to kinda wing it, haha.”

Below is a picture of zhx’s old Game Boy Camera uploaded on the image sharing site Imgur:

Image: Imgur/Reddit user zhx

Given the age of the device, zhx had to go through a number of hoops and workarounds to get the digital photo from the Game Boy and into a regular computer for uploading.

Image: Reddit/user “zhx”

The Game Boy Camera was released by Nintendo in 1998. The company stopped manufacturing it in 2002. It was an accessory for the Game Boy handheld game consoles and slots in like a game cartridge. It can only store 128×112 pixel black and white images using the Game Boy palette. Users could print photos using another accessory called the Game Boy Printer, which is also no longer manufactured since 2003. JB

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