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'Fully Functional' Nikon D3 Camera Costume

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This is Tyler Card's homemade Nikon D3 Halloween costume. It actually takes pictures because SPOILER: he has a real Nikon camera mounted inside the lens by his belly button. Still, it does flash and have a monitor on the back for previewing photos, so that's something. Something I'm gonna jump-kick in a Ninja Turtle costume!

The camera's body, which is modeled after a Nikon D3, is mostly made of cardboard held together with tape, with a painted scavenged plastic bucket serving as the lens. But Tyler went above and beyond the call of duty this year. Inside the lens sits his actual Nikon DSLR, which is triggered by the costume's shutter button. The large flash over his head contains a working wireless strobe, lighting up a room with every shot, while the LCD display from an old Dell laptop is mounted to the back of the camera, providing instant image previews of every photo he takes.

Impressive, Ty, but what good is a giant camera costume if you can't even take pictures up Rainbow Brite's skirt? Here, check out these shots I took with a shoe camera last Halloween. "I see nothing but balls." Haha! I went as a Scotsman.

Hit the jump for two videos, a short one of the camera in action, and a longer one of the build.

Working DSLR Costume Will Easily Win Every Contest This Weekend [gizmodo]

Thanks to Lulu and Terri, who went as a photobooth one year and won second prize in a costume contest and then tore it off and threatened to beat up first place because they really wanted that gift certificate.

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