Pin hole cameras: is there any point in 2022?

Jollylook Pinhole camera
(Image credit: James Artaius)

The pin hole camera was invented in the 11th Century, essentially marking the start of photography. But here, today, in the 21st Century, is it any more than a novelty – or does it still have some value? 

As with any photographic tool or process, even though it's obviously an outdated technology, there will always be fundamental lessons to be learned from the pin hole camera. This is particularly true given its simple and affordable assembly, making it an excellent way to teach the basics of photography from the ground up.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.