Oct 28, 2015 | By Benedict

A team of designers have made a unique, 3D printed pistol grip for the Olympus Air camera.

The Air, which is the commercial version of the Olympus Open Platform Camera, boasts a 16MP resolution, and looks more like a teleconverter than a camera. In fact, the device serves to link two vital components: the Olympus camera lens, and your own smartphone or tablet, which acts as the camera’s LCD display. The camera uses WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity to communicate with your smartphone, and was first launched back in September 2014, hitting stores in Japan prior to anywhere else in the world.

The special 3D printed pistol grip for the Air, which was given a special jury award at the OPC Hack & Make Awards 2015, lets users shoot photos like bullets, with a gun-like handle and ‘trigger’ shutter. Its creators say it’s a perfect match for the Olympus Air, which has no viewfinder of its own. It allows users to aim and frame shots without having to look at any display.

Olympus claims that Air camera itself “pairs the sophistication of digital interchangeable lens cameras with the intelligence of a smartphone,” offering “all of the benefits of an interchangeable lens camera–like optical zoom, high image quality, big bright apertures, strong low light performance and shallow depth of field–in a sleek, simple form factor.”

The 3D printed pistol grip encourages a more relaxed approach to photography, removing the possibility of endless fretting over composition, and demanding an active approach to the targeting and shooting of subjects. Shoot first, ask questions later.

The seven STL files for the 3D printed accessory can be found over at DDM.make. Happy shooting!



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shaun l wrote at 10/30/2015 9:10:45 PM:

agree....that a design that will get you killed in usa

Akka69 wrote at 10/29/2015 10:03:56 AM:

Annnnd ... get shot by a myopic cop....

Hans Fouche wrote at 10/29/2015 8:39:18 AM:

Bad idea....

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