A new Kickstarter is looking to turn your phone into a control for your own personal multi-angle reality TV show–sort of. It’s called the Quebee; and they are little camcorders that are meant to be placed all over to record something so that you don’t really have to. The cameras are all controlled via your smartphone too: which makes multiple angle video coverage super simple. In fact, the app also lets you see the incoming feeds from each camcorder as they record video.
They’re marketing it as a three piece kit: which includes three cameras that can be set up for multi-angle coverage. Plus, they can do timelapse recording.
The company’s Kickstarter video is after the jump; and the product seems really, really cool.
In the pantheon of image making devices, smartphones usually don’t rank very high when held against actual cameras. The only fair comparison would be within its own class. Smartphones are phones first and cameras second. Or third or fourth, depending on the priorities of the company. Samsung is one of a few companies that has its hands in both the camera and mobile industries. With the Galaxy S4 Zoom, Samsung effectively fused the S4 Mini with its point and shoot line of cameras along with some subtle NX style touches.
A new Kickstarter for a device called the Michron is trying to make timelapse shooting easier for everyone. The Michron is a a tiny device that mounts into your hot shoe and then connects to your camera via cable. The device holds information that you send to it via your phone. In turn, this means that you’ll need to download an app from the Google Play store or App store.
In order to send the information, you’ll need to connect to the Michron via a cable. Once the info is all sent, then it will be ready to go and all you need to do is disconnect your phone.
Though the idea has been done already, not many folks can boast a battery life of 2,500 hours–which means you can pretty much shoot timelapses non-stop. It allows you to do things like bulb ramping, interval ramping, HDR bracketing and more.
If successful, we’re positive that the company will go on to do even more. Considering that they’re taking the mobile approach, they can also figure out a way to do this via ad hoc wifi or maybe even bluetooth.
From one side, it looks like a point-and-shoot. From the other, it looks like an Android phone, but we’re not concerned with that side for this post. Essentially, Samsung has taken a variant of the front of one of their point and shoot cameras and fused it with the Galaxy S4 Mini. The lower left of the lens has the bump where an NX lens release would normally go, and perhaps it’s there to give the appearance of a compact interchangeable lens camera. It’s a nice decal, but anyway, the phone is surprisingly comfortable.
Hipstamatic never really caught on with the photo community the way that Instagram did. Sure, it was big. Sure, it was all the rage back in the day–but Instagram was simpler and significantly more widespread. As a reinvention of themselves, Hipstamatic released Oggl–which has more of an emphasis on the high end, or at least that’s what we feel. Every image that we’ve seen is either stunning or at least can be found to have value to someone. The environment isn’t infested with teenage girls doing selfies, awful food photos, or even short vine-like videos. Instead, it is a true place for a creative.
For me, there is a lot of freedom that comes with photographing with my iPhone. It’s not just the camera’s compact size that is a benefit, it’s also about the liberty it provides to focus less on the technical and more on the light, the composition, and the moment.
So while a “real camera” certainly has its advantages, the photographs that I produce with a phone often exhibit a greater sense of risk taking and fun, which hopefully informs what I do with a DSLR.
Photography with a phone doesn’t mean that you have to do without software or accessories. As with any other type of photography, there are certain tools that become invaluable for me to produce the best work possible.