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Dear Chuck

Is it possible to integrate Camera electronics (Lens and Camera integrated Circuits) in USB Flash Drive ?.

There will be a Button on the USB Flash Drive to take photos. The Inbuilt memory on the flash drive will capture and store the Photos.

Later on the USB Flash Drive will be integrated with Wi-Fi / Bluetooth technology to transfer Camera images to other Cameras, Smartphones etc.

The Limitations could be the smaller Width and not the Length  
of the Flash Drive.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

This question is outside my area of direct knowledge, but based on what little information I have, plus information I've gathered from people I know who are directly involved in the design of micro-cameras and lenses - including those used in optical computer mice - it would be possible to build what you've proposed.  

As you mentioned, the only dimensional limitation would be the width and not length of the Flash Drive. I would guess that thickness, from top to bottom, could also be variable.

The only problems would be camera setting controls and viewing a preview image to set those controls. With the limited space on a Flash Drive, any photos taken would have to be fully automatic as far as f-stop, shutter speed, focus, ISO, and white balance are concerned, unless you piggy-backed the camera/Flash Drive onto another device, such as a smart phone or tablet, to set those controls.

I hope this helps.  

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Chuck Lantz


I can answer questions dealing with the "how-to" of action sports photography, but I'm not an expert on types of specific digital equipment, though I can give general information on basic camera and lens types for that area of photography.


I've been shooting action sports for about 40 years, most heavily over the past 12 years. My work has been published widely both online and in print, including some calendar work and editorial work for the Associated Press. I specialize in photographing yacht racing, motor racing and surfing, mostly on the American West Coast.

Publications National edition America's Cup reporter. Volvo Ocean Race, Associated Press,,,,,

No degrees, but I studied under Dan Freeman, Master Printer at Gemini G.E.L., and I studied graphic art print-making at UC Santa Cruz and Cal State University, Long Beach. I taught art in the Mentally Gifted Minors program at Palos Verdes High School, and I was an art instructor for three years in the San Francisco unified school district under a California state-sponsored volunteer teaching program.

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Volvo Ocean Race,, Associated Press,,,,,

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