A lipstick camera
is an extremely small video camera
which is approximately the size of a typical tube of lipstick
. They are useful for capturing images that a conventional camera would not be able to capture due to size or weight constraints. Examples include showing a poker
player's hand, looking inside a hockey
penalty box, or providing a "point of view" angle by mounting the camera on a helmet
. The camera itself only has just enough electronics to capture the image, typically on a 6mm (1/4 in) Bayer filter CCD
. It is connected by a cable to a somewhat larger box where the image is processed into a standard video signal which can be recorded.