Matchbox Camera

The Matchbox Camera is a pinhole camera made from 100 percent recycled paper that YOU build and use to take great pictures.

Pinhole photographs taken with the Matchbox Camera from Must not publish without consent of Chris McNulty. Copyright material. (Chris McNulty)

The Matchbox Camera is available in a range of options.  Buy as a kit with everything you need or on its own.

The Kit

Want to get into pinhole photography but don’t want to blow the budget? This option is what we recommend to get you pinholing including everything you need.

  • Camera printed on 100% A4 415gsm Kraft paper
  • Instructions to build and operate the camera
  • Kodakcolor 200 ISO 24 exposure 35mm film
  • A 35mm reusable film cassette
  • Unique Pinhole Makers Kit


We wanted our most basic pinhole camera to be super affordable so we stripped everything back. You will receive a camera printed on A4 paper along with instructions to build and operate the camera dispatched anywhere in world in a hard backed envelope. The rest is up to you. This option is best for overseas customers who already have 35mm film and an empty film cassette. Buy it here.

Pinhole photographs taken with the Matchbox Camera from Must not publish without consent of Chris McNulty. Copyright material. (Chris McNulty)

If pinhole photography lacks some fine detail it more than makes up with fuzzy colours and unexpected effects. Get in close to your subject and look for bold shapes, colours and patterns. Get creative!

The Matchbox Camera is a fantastic way for anyone to broaden their photographic horizons and explore their own creativity. See the world in a new way and go beyond the constraints of traditional lens based photography.

Converting a box of matches into a pinhole camera has been a classic rainy day project for science students and the photo-curious for decades. Now for the first time offers a brand new design in pinhole photography. With its long exposure times the Matchbox Camera is perfect for still life, landscapes and ultra creative portraits.


The Matchbox Camera is very light so needs to be protected from vibration or movement during exposure. Use a tripod or position the camera where it will be protected during exposure.

Exposure times in conventional photography are measured in fractions of a second. In pinhole photography exposures times range from a 1/2 to 30 seconds in daylight and even longer in dimly lit interiors. This is because the pinhole allows far less light into the camera, therefore the time to complete the exposure must be extended.


When exposures last for more than a second extra time must be added to compensate for the lack of film sensitivity. This is known as Reciprocity Failure. Under exposed photographs lack colour and detail.   Consult the film manufacturers guidelines for exact figures. As a rough guide guide, add 1 seconds for exposure between 1-10 seconds, add half your exposure for times between 10-30 seconds and double your exposure for times above 30 seconds.


The Matchbox Camera is designed by professional photographer and long-time pinhole devotee Chris McNulty.