I always love things that are a nod to the nostalgic, but this camera is seriously old-school. The Giroux Daguerreotype was the world's first mass-produced camera, made in 1839! This vintage piece of history is made up of a wooden box and brass lenses. The double box design of the Daguerreotype was focused by moving the smaller inner box away from the front-mounted 15-inch lens and exposures could take up to 1/2 an hour. Not only is it the world's first, it also may soon be the most expensive. Set to go up for auction in vienna later this year, the price will start at upwards of $250,000 and it's predicted that it may go for close to a cool million.
If that's a little out of your price-range, check out the New York Times' review of 9 of the best small, cheap cameras, all with price tags of $300 or less.
via Engadget & The New York Times