Alas, This “Stone” Could Have Been So Cool for Nature Photos

Ever wanted to get close to wildlife for some epic shots? This accessory was designed to camouflage your GoPro and turn it into a “stone” camera.

Just when you think you’ve seen and used your fair share of unique and quirky camera accessories, something comes up and proves you wrong. Case in point is the Camof Stone, a camera case designed to let your GoPro camera blend in with the surroundings over and underwater as an inconspicuous stone. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like it will hit the market.

We spotted this project when it was still being funded on Kickstarter. However, it was already clear it wouldn’t reach its $915 goals. Still, we thought it would be interesting to get the word out that there are projects like this that could prove interesting and worthy of our support.

The Camof Stone is the brainchild of Brightron, a Tokyo-based “creative organization that proposes a new perspective to the world.” It was designed to “mimic a natural environment and to observe the natural ecology of creatures.” Taking photos and videos of animals in their natural environment without disturbing them is something the creators acknowledge as very difficult, so they came up with the Camof Stone as a response.

This camouflage accessory is actually based on a technique used by wildlife photographers and videographers to get photos and footage without disrupting the animals in their natural environment. With the Camof Stone, you too can do as the pros do and document wildlife wherever you go.

The Camof Stone currently supports the HERO5, HERO6, and HERO7 GoPro models. It has a tough exterior that can withstand harsh natural environments and is waterproof so you can use it for photographing aquatic creatures. The accessory comes in two types: without Peg Hole and with Peg Hole. With the Peg Hole, you’ll be able to get more stable videos. It’s also made of environmentally-friendly materials; PLA resin, a plant-derived plastic material, for the main body; chalk made of calcium carbonate from scallop shells; and crayon made by mixing wax extracted from rice and food coloring. The latter two are included for painting the Camof Stone as necessary.

Unfortunately, we can’t find any links or contact details leading to Brightron. But in case you’re curious about this project, you might want to check out the Kickstarter campaign and get in touch with them through the FAQ section.

Photos from the Kickstarter campaign