The iPhone Continues to Evolve as a Complementary Camera
Technological innovations have reached such a speed that we have to adapt and try to make the best out of it, with little time left to look back and admire (or get scared of) our accomplishments.
It is hard to believe than less than 5 years ago, when I reached Los Angeles to officially change career, the debate was still between filming on film or on the very expensive Red. The DSLR were to arrive shortly after (although it took them a bit longer to become popular), shooting on DV was still ok (and on HD an exciting prospect) and the iphone was a great phone, but just a phone.
Well, well, things have changed.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a phone!
I purchased an iPhone 4S last March, and since I’ve had it, it has been my primary device to shoot and record during my daily life. I always have my phone on me, which I can’t say the same about my 7D or my GoPro.
I went on its wikipedia page today and was shocked to realize that this phone has only been out for over a year now (October 7, 2011 to be precise). I was having a hard time remembering what it felt not to have a 8 million pixels camera capable of shooting in 24 and 30fps in HD with a 2.4 aperture.
This Saturday I received a series of lenses and a mini-tripod for my phone (I paid for them, they didn’t fall from the sky, just in case you were wondering.)
Few hours later, mashable posted an article about HiLo Lens, a Kickstarter campaign to help finance and spread their latest creation: a lens + an app that let you shoot and film with a different angle, on your iphone and/or ipad.
The project has already reached its goal, but there are 8 days to go and if you are interested now is your time to participate and get a lens for $60 (plus shipping if you leave outside New-Zealand).
The HiLo Lens doesn’t seem like the first lens that you would need to buy for a phone, and it is not cheap either. It cost more than the four lenses and the tripod I just bought, shipping included. But yet, it is obvious there is an appeal to gadgets helping customize a phone that is a secondary camera for many of us.
If you want to see more about the HiLo Lens, below is the video:
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