Weird Camera: Fujifilm Rensha Cardia BYU-N 16 Golf GIF Camera

Fujifilm made a lot of unique cameras over the year, but the BYU-N 16 is one of the most interesting I have ever seen. Its 16 lenses, each with a shutter of its own tied to 2 shutter buttons, can capture 16 images in rapid succession to two 35mm frames of film. It is not quite a point-and-shoot camera since it was designed to capture golf swings, but I think it could also be useful for subjects like dancers going through a rapid range of motions.

Making the camera even stranger you can shoot 16 single shots in addition to firing all 16 shots rapidly or firing 15 shots with a single frame at the end triggered independently. This is all done using a 20mm f/9.5 fixed focus lens that is likely made of plastic with a fixed shutter speed of 1/250th a second so this camera requires a lot of extra light or quality high ISO film.

I went looking for a BYU-N 16 after seeing the above video, but couldn’t find any at this time. The few I have seen seem to have sold for just under $200 USD. I also found some sample shots here.

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