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03-18-2012, 05:12 PM #1
Kickstarter Project Miniaturizes the iPhone Camera Tripod Dilemma
Serious videographers and photographers don’t use the iPhone for serious projects, but that doesn't mean the average consumer capturing video on their iPhone 4 or 4S cameras has to be shak, and poorly composed.
The iFilm looks to make steady iPhone video for the masses a pocket-able achievement. Most small camera "spider" tripods and smaller tripods are still large and cumbersome to carry around. The iFilm design on the other hand is incredibly simple an small. Using the physics of reflection, the simple add-on fits onto the iPhone 4 or 4S and uses a mirror to reflect the image to the phone’s camera while stabilizing the phone. The iFilm looks barely bigger than a Square credit card reader, and could easily disappear into a pocket, purse, backpack, or hand-bag adding no noticeable bulk.
Now, the image reflected into the iPhone’s camera will of course be a mirror image of what is intended to be shot. To solve this simple dilemma without reflecting the image off another surface the creators will release an app alongside the device that orients the image correctly. Their doesn’t appear to be much if any degradation to the quality of video being captured using the device. But, there’s no telling for sure until a production unit and the accompanying app are released.
Still, the ability to produce awesome time-lapse pieces and stable video on the fly with your iPhone and not have to lug around a silly looking mini-tripod will hopefully help rid the Internet of more vertically shot, shaky home videos. Perhaps the most convincing selling point of the iFilm is the price. Those interested in backing the Kickstarter campaign only need to donate $15 to secure their own iFilm or pledge $30 and secure three of the devices.
Cheap, effective, and stupid simple to use. If only every iDevice accessory lived by those rules.
Last edited by Phillip Swanson; 03-18-2012 at 05:15 PM.
03-18-2012, 05:48 PM #2
this is awesome now i dont have to hold my phone when i make porn
03-18-2012, 05:53 PM #3
Not really impressed. The film shown is not a very representation of the device and /or its functionality/ I have backed many Kickstarter projects but i thyink he did a poor job eith the video and truly showing what the device can do. A bunch of video and music does not show the device and its capabilities!
03-18-2012, 07:18 PM #4
03-18-2012, 07:25 PM #5
Not sure how useful this would be unless you had a flat surface at the just the right height for capturing your subject. You also can't use it with a case like most custom mounts.
I'll stick with my iStabilizer MobiMount. Small, but works great.
Last edited by luvmytj; 03-18-2012 at 07:47 PM.
03-18-2012, 09:34 PM #6
I personally love using the iStabilizer tripod mount. It was about $20 and will mount my iPhone in its case to my tripod. It takes about 2 seconds to snap my phone in and out of their mount.
I recorded several 1 hour videos with the iStabilizer mount and absolutely love it. (I wish the would make a dash mount for my car.)
03-18-2012, 10:57 PM #7
03-18-2012, 11:25 PM #8
True the functionality is limited, but this isn't meant to be used as the end all-be-all of iPhone tripods. The iStabilizer is amazing, cheap, but it's also considerably bigger. No way do I see iFilm being suitable for all situations, but it is pocketable, and incredibly portable. Carrying around a tripod mount, while useful for some, isn't practical for all.
03-19-2012, 10:31 AM #9
won't fit with my case.... no deal
03-20-2012, 08:57 AM #10
There are other problems to consider as well... Which I am surprised nobody has brought up.
The design lifts one end of the phone higher than the other, so no video taken with the phone on it's side would be level. Also, wouldn't the angle of the mirror slightly distort the image? You are essentially bouncing it off a 45 degree angle.
I just don't see this being an ideal solution for anything. Yeah, maybe some people would be ok with those sacrifices, but then why are they worried about stability? YouTubers won't use one because of the issues I mentioned, and serious filmers will use serious solutions that are already available.