The number of cool things that you can do with a phone are pretty damned awesome. Sensor technology just keeps getting better and lots of companies work around boosting the abilities of a phone’s camera. When we saw the MeFOTO Sidekick 360 recently in Las Vegas, we had one big thing in mind when it came to creative inspiration: a timelapse.
Moment is a new Kickstarter campaign that aims to improve the mobile photography space. Currently, Moment comprises two lenses: Moment Wide and Moment Tele. As their names suggest, wide is for wide angle and tele is for telephoto. In order to mount the lenses on your iPhone, you attach a metal plate that sits around the camera and twist the lens into place. Galaxy and iPad mounts are still in the prototype stage, but the folks behind the campaign plan to have the mounts ready when they start fulfilling orders.
On the spec sheet for iPhone 5S, the Wide has an 18mm focal length, and the Tele has a 58mm focal length. For the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Wide has a 19mm focal length, and the Tele has a 62mm focal length. These measurements are 35mm equivalents. When all’s ready to go, Moment lenses will be available for: iPhone 4S, 5, 5S and 5C; iPad 2, 3rd gen and 4th gen; Samsung Galaxy S2, S3 and S4.
The campaign just launched, and it’s already amassed over $43,000. If the trend continues, it’ll blow way past its goal. Moment isn’t the first of its kind for mobile devices, but it looks to be among the best in a long while. With Moment, iPhone, iPad and Galaxy S owners will have a stronger reason to reach for their devices in order to make a photograph.
Though VSCO Cam has been out for iOS devices, it only recently came to the Android platform. The very popular camera and photo app is an alternative to Instagram and can seriously make mobile photography fun for many folks.
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.