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Obsession: Zumi Digital “Retro” Camera

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I haven’t been so excited for a digital camera since I got my hands on my Nikon D80 well over two years ago. Unlike my hefty digital SLR (Single-Lens Reflex), my new camera doesn’t require lugging around because it fits in the palm of my hand.

Photo-geek newsletter site Photojojo.com recently started selling the super-tiny Japanese-made Superheadz Digital Harinezumi. Affectionately called the “Zumi,” this camera not only captures the lo-fi dreamy look of vintage film, but also takes silent Super 8 MM-like films, which was perfect for encapsulating Ocean City, New Jersey’s retro vibe over Labor Day weekend.


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Though I adore the lens flare and vignetting of photographs taken with analog plastic “toy” cameras like Lomography’s Diana+, the cost for a roll of film and developing it (about $25 in New York) is a bit much, which is why a digital camera that produces similar results is so great. The $160 price tag seems a bit steep for such a minuscule camera, but considering it can fit up to 1600 hi-res shots and 2 hours of video on a 2GB mini-SD memory card, it’s a pretty good deal.

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While I’m not getting rid of my DSLR anytime soon, it is nice to have something so pocket-sized and inconspicuous (making it safer to carry around and easier to take candid images while traveling).

For more information (or to buy one!), visit Photojojo’s online store.


Lyndsey Matthews is a photographer and an online editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.


Photos courtesy of Photojojo (top) and Lyndsey Matthews


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