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Dear Akshay

Is it possible to integrate Camera electronics (Lens and Camera integrated Circuits), Battery cells for powering 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

Hi Prashant,

The answer is yes, it is possible, but it'd be easier for me to help if you just told me what you were looking for and for what reason. Or, more specifically, what you'd want to do with a camera with these kinds of specifications.

I'm really not sure what your intention is, whether it is to create a camera of your own design, or whether you want to know whether such technology is available in the market today.

If it's the latter you're interested in, then know that this is already a reality:

You'll find that these are standalone devices with their own memory as well as Bluetooth support and smartphone apps. You might not find a device that does everything you want, but then again, I'm not sure what you want to do with the camera.

If you're looking to build your own camera module that you can use with any USB flash drive, that is also possible.
But, depending on what you want to do, it will likely require a certain amount of programming knowledge, patience, and some experimentation.
I do not have any expertise on building such a camera from scratch. However, if anybody wanted to realise such a pursuit, I know of two readily available electronics prototyping platforms provide an array of options:

As an example, if you search for "raspberry pi camera module" you'll find a lot of relevant search results.
I would advise looking for a few forums on either of the boards for advice about putting together a custom-made camera, if that's what you're interested in doing.
Note that this will quite likely be bulkier than normal and that you'll probably have to build a housing yourself, or have it made.

I hope that answers your question.
Happy shooting, and feel free to post a follow-up or ask more questions!

Happy shooting :)



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Akshay Singh Jamwal


I'm a professional photographer and I can answer questions questions relating to SLRs (35mm or DSLRs) and general photographic technique. I'll be happy to share my knowledge with anybody who's looking to learn or is just plain confused about something. Questions about studio lighting, studio flashes, and flashguns are also welcome. Questions about theory (e.g. colour theory, guidelines behind composition, depth of field, etc.) are welcome as well. Digital photography also involves some amount of post-processing using an image editing application such as Adobe Photoshop; a program that I am proficient with. I cannot answer typical generic questions, viz. "Which is the best camera?," as the short and sweet answer to questions such as those is "There is no such thing." Furthermore, there is a lot of literature available on the web pertaining to the same. Also, please do not ask me for camera recommendations based on a budget.


I have been passionately taking photographs since I was 13 years old. In totality, I've been involved in photography in one way or another for over a decade. I've used various cameras (and lighting equipment) over the years, including but not limited to Minolta/Konica Minolta, Nikon, Canon, and Mamiya.

High school degree.

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