Everyday Camera Bags
Peak Design have long been one of Kickstarter’s stars in the photography area. First came their attachment systems and straps. More recently they’ve branched out to camera bags that have proved wildly popular. The Everyday BackPack, Everyday Tote, Everyday Sling, and Range Pouch are their latest offerings.
The project has almost ended (September 9) and with a goal of $500,000 nearly $6 million has been pledged. If you miss out on the Kickstarter versions, you can be confident that they’ll end up available for retail before long.
Control Your DSLR with Your Smartphone
There have been several camera remote operation devices on Kickstarter. The Pulse is another recent one that’s in development (and that I backed). This one, known as Unleashed, is notable for its tiny bluetooth receiver that attaches to your camera’s ports and keeps the hotshoe free. The controlling is done via smartphone app (both iOS and Android) and allows for a range of features from general exposure control to geotagging to timelapse with an intervalometer to image preview to controlling multiple cameras at once.
The project is already fully funded and ends on September 30.
A 4K VR and 360° Camera
There are more and more VR applications turning up on Kickstarter (and elsewhere, for that matter). This one bring a GoPro-like approach with a small go-anywhere camera and an emphasis on sharing the footage. It’s certainly not unique in that, but it promises a longer battery life, higher-than-average fps, and live streaming capabilities. It comes with a waterproof case (down to 15m), and the footage it captures is up to 2880×2880 4K at 30fps (up to 210fps at 960×960) with a field of view of 360°x230° (so there’s a large blind spot in either the zenith or nadir, depending on which way you have it mounted).
It has already met its funding goal several times over and ends on September 26. You can find more information about it on the project page.
A Modular Underwater Drone
Called the Fathom One, this GoPro-compatible underwater drone is designed to be modular and affordable. It also has its own onboard 1080p HD video camera (and lights) and can provide a live video stream to your phone–it gets around the problem of wifi not working well underwater by having its own small buoy that sits on the surface that creates its own wifi network. The wifi connection is from your phone to the buoy, and then the connection between the buoy and the drone is wired. It has a maximum operating depth of up to 150 feet (but comes with a 100-foot line as standard).
It’s already fully funded and ends on September 29. More information is available on the project page.
Others of Interest
- Easy Flying Box — a foldable drone, gimbal, and camera package.
- Orbit 360 — a device for using your smartphone to create 360° videos.