Scientists create a camera so small it can be carried by a beetle!

Scientists create camera so small it can be carried by a beetle
(Image credit: Mark Stone, University of Washington)

We think of a small camera being something inside a camera phone, but researchers at the University of Washington have taken miniaturization to a whole new level and created a camera so compact it can be carried on the back of a beetle. Weighing just 248 milligrams - or just under one quarter of a gram - it's so small and light that a Pinacate beetle is able to carry the camera like a backpack and still move and climb obstacles naturally.

(Image credit: Mark Stone, University of Washington)

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.