by Fabian Chaundy | 9th December 2016
The Kamerar ZOOM Lens Kit is a new, third-party dual-lens system for the iPhone 7 Plus. It features a sleek and slim design that makes it unobtrusive and quick to use. Smartphone filmmaking is certainly a thing these days. Modern smartphones feature decent cameras that can be used in conjunction with a variety of apps, stabilisers and other accessories to produce very high quality content. Just take a look at this short film shot simultaneously on an iPhone 7 and a RED Weapon for the kind of end result you can achieve. By the way, if you want to learn more about iPhone filmmaking, make sure you check out this excellent article by cinema5D’s Richard Lackey. One of the limitations you may find on your journey as an iPhone cinematographer is your camera’s lens. Camera accessory manufacturer Kamerar has announced a product that promises to help you achieve more interesting images: it’s the Kamerar ZOOM Lens Kit for the iPhone 7 Plus. The Kamerar ZOOM Lens Kit The main difference to other third-party lens options out there is how seamlessly it integrates with your iPhone 7 Plus. The Kamerar ZOOM Lens Kit is based around an actual functional protective phone cover with access to all ports, meaning that you don’t have to whip out lens mounts whenever inspiration strikes and you change from phone mode to shooting mode. The back of the case features a slot in which to insert the different dual-lens setups, allowing you to quickly flip up the optics when you want to change your field of view and optical characteristics. This removes the need to screw and unscrew different lenses, and helps you save time when trying to get that unexpected shot. Kamerar claims their removable dual-lens system for the dual camera on the iPhone 7 Plus is the first in the world, and this does in fact seem to be the case, as other third-party offerings only appear to make use of one of the cameras. In terms of lens options, the Kamerar ZOOM Lens Kit product announcement revealed two dual-lens setups designed by Ztylus Innovations – a Macro Zoom that allows you to focus very close to your subject for striking detail, and a Fisheye/Telephoto that expands the optical zoom capabilities of the dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus. Sure, you might not have such a huge selection of optics as with the OlloClip system, and the lenses may not have the ZEISS logo like on ExoLens Pro. But the low-profile that the Kamerar ZOOM Lens Kit offers, as well as the ease of use that allows you to change optical characteristics with a quick flick of your fingertips could make this product a favourite among iPhone filmmakers. If the price is competitive and the image quality stands up to the rigorous eye of filmmakers out there, this could turn out to be a very interesting product indeed. In the meantime, check out the sample footage below! There is no pricing or availability for the Kamerar ZOOM Lens Kit yet, but we’ve reached out to them and will keep you posted. Would you pimp your iPhone 7 Plus with something like this? Have you tried any of the alternatives? Let us know in the comments below!Read more
by Fabian Chaundy | 23rd June 2016
The new VR One Plus headset from Zeiss builds upon their previous model, the VR One, by adding a few key features to make it even more user-friendly at an affordable price. We have been covering the VR craze incessantly in the past few months. It was one of the hot topics at NAB, and as we have seen, many filmmakers are already embracing the new technology. What will undoubtedly determine whether VR goes the way of 3D, however, is the ease of access that consumers and audiences require to view the content. True, you can just tap or click your way around a Facebook VR video environment, but what really makes this content come to life is the experience through a headset of some kind. The Zeiss VR One Plus falls in the middle of the range between Google Cardboard and OCULUS Rift, and at only $129, this improved version delivers some nice features. Let’s take a look. New Features of the VR One Plus The foam that comes in contact with your face is now removable. While this may seem like a small improvement, Zeiss are showing the possibilities of VR beyond just entertainment. They recently showcased a cooperation with Deutsche Bahn, in which they demonstrate how VR can be used for recruitment purposes. If VR is going to become as commonplace as we think it is, then the hygienic reasons behind removable and exchangeable face foam become fairly obvious. The headstrap is also removable. Most VR examples we have seen in the last months have been immersive movies or games, for which a having the headset strapped to your face seems like the most logical setup. However, there are other applications — such as certain events — where the aim is a more communal experience. In these situations, it is useful to have a removable headstrap to facilitate handing over the goggles from person to person. A new Universal Smartphone Tray. The original VR One already had an advantage over the similarly priced OCULUS/Samsung Gear VR in that it accepted phones from brands other than just Samsung. However, you needed a special tray for whatever phone model you were using. The VR One Plus solves this by introducing a single universal phone tray that accepts phones anywhere between 4.7 and 5.5 inches, or between the size of an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S. You can now get access to the optics to clean them by removing part of the cover. So, while not offering revolutionary features, the VR One Plus is certainly a more polished version of its predecessor, offering the same premium optics and comfort. VR is still very new tech, and what we are seeing is manufacturers slowly working out the kinks to make sure this is technology that actually ends up sticking around.Read more
by Tim Fok | 1st October 2013
The much-rumored GoPro Hero 3+ has been released. Boasting a new lens, sleeker design, increased battery life and better audio (amongst other features). It’s available in both Black and Silver edition and retailing for the same price as previous respective GoPro Hero 3 models. That’s it in a nutshell, let’s have a look at the features in more detail:Read more
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