Do pinhole cameras need to focus?

Pinhole cameras do not need to focus. Their tiny aperture means the camera has a nearly infinite depth of field (the area of focus that is affected by the size of the aperture.) Since the aperture of a pinhole camera is almost equivalent to f/64 and above, its depth of field is wide, which allows the pinhole to capture everything it sees. However it is worth noting that with pinhole cameras we use long exposures to capture an image and any movement captured in the photo will be seen as blur.

For more information check out What is pinhole photography

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