Ever looked at your pet and wondered what they’re thinking? Although that just isn’t physically possible given current technology, you can, however, see what they’re seeing! The KIVI is a GoPro-inspired camera that’s designed to strap directly onto a pet collar, giving you the most glorious PoV of all time. Just plug it on your dog while playing fetch or at the beach, or onto your cat while you’re at work, and you can live the good life right from their perspective. Plus I like the idea of being able to see yourself the way your pet sees you!
Designer: Eli Lan
The KIVI Pet Camera is an action cam designed to be collar-compatible. Although most cameras are human-centric, the KIVI raises the question – Why should sapiens have all the fun?!
Armed with a single lens sitting in a cube-shaped form (with a built-in flashlight no less), KIVI sits on your pet’s collar, recording everything they do and see. There aren’t any details on the action camera (given that it’s a form exercise and not a professional concept), but I’d imagine that without a display (like the one on the GoPro), the KIVI has a fairly long battery life. I wouldn’t be surprised if it had a robust stabilization system either, given how frisky pets can be.
The KIVI Pet Camera also comes with a charging dock that allows it to replenish its battery after a long day of recording.
Compact action cameras are becoming ever so popular due to their quick nature of use and carrying aesthetics. GoPro has been the undisputed king in this product line, although DJI has not been far behind with the Action 2 modular camera. Now, the brand wants to attract a big chunk of users with a revamped design and fresh name.
Dubbed the Osmo Action 3, the action camera is more inclined towards a design language similar to the first model released in 2019 – the DJI Osmo Action. The look and design are going back to the roots of tried and tested realms of the action camera world for good.
Call it a coincidence or a measured move, but the DJI’s camera is announced at the same time as the GoPro’s Hero 11 action cams. For now, we zoom-in the focus on the DJI action cam only, since it has got some major revamps. The vlogging camera gets a beefed-up battery life, dual touchscreens (to access settings from front and back) and an optimized vertical shooting mode for content creators.
The action cam gets a 1/1.7-inch imaging system with shooting capability in a 155-degree field of view at 4K resolution (120fps). There’s the DJI PockSteady 3.0 image stabilization option even at 4K/120 fps settings which is a good option. DJI has brought the HorizonSteady option to keep the footage stable even with intense bumping or abrupt 360-degree rotation for people who are into dynamic adventure sports like surfing or skateboarding. The sweet spot between these two options is the HorizonBalancing feature for things like obstacle course runs.
DJI Osmo Action has a beefy 1770mAh Extreme battery that takes 50 minutes to charge and facilitates around 160 minutes of recording time. DJI has given precedence to heat management (the predecessor has overheating issues) with the resilience of temperatures as low as -4 degrees F. The 4x digital zoom-capable action cam also gets horizontal and vertical mounting to hook onto things like a helmet or handles.
For better audio recording control, the Osmo Action 3 cam has a three-mic stereo recording setup for eliminating wind noise, and voice controls for different scenarios. It also supports direct USB-C connections and external microphones too. Although modularity is no longer a feature now, the action cam has attachments and accessories like a waterproof case for shooting underwater, different mounts and a protective lens cover. The camera itself is waterproof to a depth of 52 feet without the casing.
The pricing for the DJI Osmo Action 3 camera starts at $329 for the Standard combo which comes with things like an extreme battery, horizontal-vertical protective mounting frame, quick-release adapter mount and adhesive base. Compared to the GoPro Hero 11 at $499 it is a cheaper option, and if can live up to its claim, users will fancy the DJI’s action cam!
The iPhone 13 series is already a stellar photography-capable device, but we all keep longing for more. People who feel the need to explore more of their Apple smartphone for taking breath-taking shots, have one more reason to shell out money on third-party accessories.
NiSi has announced a kit targeted at smartphone photography and videography fanatics. Not only the iPhone 13 series, but the kit is also compatible with 12 and 11-series phones. iPhone X, SE, 8, 7 and 6 are also compatible with the latest kit that promises an enhanced level of photography for demanding users.
The resourceful accessories dubbed NiSi IP-A Filter System for iPhone comprise of a Landscape Kit, Filmmaker Kit and Cinema Kit. Just for the records, NiSi has made the filters on this pro kit the same as the ones used on the regular DSLR cameras. Now that’s going to be a big advantage for content creators who don’t like the hassles of carrying a DSLR but want the same refined output from their iPhone 13 Pro. Especially ones who don’t miss the opportunity to shoot a viral video on the go.
The pivotal element of the whole kit is the NiSi IP-A holder that hooks onto your smartphone, even with the cover case on. It encapsulates the camera module securely and then the respective circular filters can be slotted in. With the P2 holder, one can also use rectangular filters. Thankfully, the holder doesn’t scratch the screen like other lens filter holders, since it has a soft clamp side built. Depending on the chosen kit the bundled set of accessories will also differ a bit. One thing is common though – they all come with a carrying pouch.
The Landscape Kit will have the P2 holder, medium graduated ND, 6-stop infrared blocking ND filter and polarizing filter. The Filmmaker Kit has round filters, a ¼ Black Mist filter, and a True Color ND-Vario 1-5 stop filter for controlling the aperture in bright lighting. Lastly, the Cinema Kit is similar to the Filmmaker Kit but comes with the additional Allure-Streak Blue and Allure-Streak Orange filters. These filters help creatives produce the result achieved with anamorphic lenses, like the cool-colored lens flares.
For now, the NiSi IP-A Filter System is only available for backorder from the official website and is also up for pre-order on the Amazon Germany portal. The NiSi Landscape, Filmmaker and Cinema kits are each available for €69.90, €149 and €199 respectively right now.
Automotive alchemist Horacio Pagani is engrossed deep in the art of car making, and he also appreciates the art of analouge photography. Taking the passion for intricate car designs and the subtle craft of analouge photograph developing to the next extreme, is this latest project by Pagani.
The inspiration for crafting the most unique analouge camera on the planet came after closely observing the Gibellini film camera given to him. At that instance, Pagani realized the importance of enjoying the pleasure of taking real photographs, compared to clicking countless photos on mobile devices. This led to a collaboration with Gibellini for an analouge camera design that resonates with the intricacies of his hypercars.
This timeless camera christened “Gibellini GP810HP” is machined from a single block of aluminum and the tripod has a leather-covered carbon fiber enclosure. According to Horacio this project is tailored for demanding customers who appreciate the beauty in everything. There’s a lot of work put into the making and it’s an object “created for a precise purpose: to evoke an emotion.” Of course, current Pagani owners can customize this analouge camera to match their car.
The camera is meant for purists as it brings the complexities like a total of eight axes of adjustment across two planes. Everything on the Gibellini GP810HP is there to be managed by the photographer – right from the large format genre and focal-plane alignment to the bellows length and basics including the focus adjustment, shutter speed, and aperture settings.
The technical details on the camera are as interesting as the magnetic design of the exterior – there’s a huge 8×10-inch plate that captures the film images via the bellows. The optical and focal planes can be adjusted by eight degrees which makes the thing good for artsy tilt-shift method of taking photos and also architectural photography.
As it is customary with Pagani, the Gibellini GP810HP camera can only be bought via the official Automobili channels or ordered from Pagani dealers worldwide. The initial batch of 30 cameras will be exclusive to current Pagani owners only. In total there will be 75 units of the analouge camera priced at around $109,530. So, as I said – only for purists with a ton of money to spare for their passion for manual photography on a limited edition Pagani camera.
It seems like quite literally anything is possible with LEGO bricks at this point.
‘Jaw-dropping’ at this point is just an occupational hazard. I’m always blown away by the kind of stuff people put together using just LEGO bricks – or sometimes even create by augmenting LEGO bricks (like this LEGO brick with a built-in OLED screen), although LEGO builder Zung92 seems to have cracked the holy grail. Meet the LEGO ZH1, a functional film camera that actually clicks photos on a 35mm reel of film, which you can then develop in a dark room. “I would like to see LEGO not just a display toy, but a real functional tool that people can customize and use daily”, Zung92 said as he described his creation.
The LEGO ZH1 is effectively a pinhole camera that comes with all the bells and whistles of an analog shooter. It features a lens-cap, has a shutter button, and even a wheel to rotate the film inside the camera’s chamber. Moreover, what’s most impressive is the fact that it even sports the LEGO branding on it – a personal touch by Zung92.
A major challenge for Zung92 was designing the camera in a way that creates the perfect internal environment for the light to imprint on the photosensitive film. The two massive challenges for him was to A. create a build that didn’t allow light to leak through the gaps between the bricks, and B. build an internal chamber that wasn’t reflective because even the glossy surface of the bricks could end up affecting the final output. “My first and second film rolls were completely fogged up”, he mentioned as he highlighted how light leaking into the camera and reflecting inside it was affecting the photos. “It took me several days to figure out how to seal it completely and also remained portable.”
With a little work, the Vancouver-based LEGO enthusiast managed to create a neat workaround that solved all his problems. The final LEGO ZH1 camera boasts a shutter button, film advance and take-up reels, a wind lever with ‘wind release’, the ability to customize lenses, and even shoot in full frame or half frame. To complete the vintage appeal of the camera, Zung92 even used the 1934 LEGO logo as opposed to the modern, rounded, playful-looking one!
Zung92’s LEGO ZH1 Vintage Camera build currently exists as a fan-made concept in the LEGO Ideas forum, where it’s gathering votes from fellow brick-enthusiasts. With 2,377 votes as of writing this article, Zung92 is on his way to reach the coveted 10,000 vote mark, which will then push the concept into its development phase, inching it closer to becoming a retail product that LEGO aficionados can buy, assemble, and click photos with! You can vote for Zung92’s LEGO ZH1 Vintage Camera here.
According to a forecast by the Verified Market Research team, the global Polaroid market is slated to increase significantly during the time period 2021-2028. Cultural icons like David Hockney, Andy Warhol and Ansel Adams have pushed the technical limits of the playful camera; and in the current era, it’s paying much dividend.
Generation-Z is willing to spend time and money on more personalized products such as instant camera. In fact, the largest chunk of people interested in such genre of cameras is in the age group of 25–34-year-old. They are even willing to pay higher prices for Polaroids.
This is the perfect opportunity to create a Polaroid camera that imbibes modern technologies and design elements to evolve naturally. Perhaps, the ideal time period to create a next-gen Polaroid, like the Next-Step SX-100 instant camera. Made out of brushed steel, the advanced shooter has a compact design, as compared to some of the most recent modern versions of the good old Polaroid. The mirror lid, lens case, LED flash bar and sensors conceal when the camera is not in use. Only when you need to shoot, does everything open up, ready for action.
In the non-working position, the camera can be mistaken for a modern projector with its metal finish and a similar form factor. With the push of a dedicated button, the mirror lid pops open and a firmer push makes the lens case rises. In the shooting position, the viewfinder displays the area of the subject appearing in the final photograph. Just adjacent to the mirror lid button is the film indicator that displays the amount of film left for more shoots.
Advanced shooting modes come in the form of a shutter button to click a photograph, manual focus to control zoom, auto/manual focus, exposer controls, and good old flash settings. The cartridge slot can be easily slid open to swap any cartridge running low on ink with a new one.
It has to be said, this compact designed Polaroid camera is quite practical for modern-day use, especially for the younger lot who prefer sleek looks any day.
Of all things intangible, you won’t expect a DSLR camera to change shape into a sneaky Transformer. However that’s the case with the latest creation by Japanese company Takara Tomy specializing in creating Transformers toys, and Canon that needs no introduction.
Canon has been known to create nifty little replicas of its own products in the past and this time around too they’ve surprised the community with this cool gadget. It’s no coincidence that two of the most iconic products of these two giants have been fused into one product. Yes, I’m talking about the EOS and mighty ol’ Transformers.
If you thought the alternate form of Optimus Prime was only a badass truck, think again as this small little toy proves it wrong. The 80 percent scale model of the Canon EOS R5 camera swiftly turns into a Transformer with little articulation, and boy, that Lens cap turning into a shield for the Optimus Prime R5 (that’s what this Autobot is christened) is the coolest thing you’ll see all day long. The maker adds a bit of spice to this transforming creation as the Decepticon gets its own miniature camera in the hand.
The real-looking Canon mirrorless camera even gets another version, wherein the resulting Transformer is a Decepticon Refraktor. Although it is not as detailed as the blue and red Autobots leader, still, a cool piece to show off on your desk setup. The Refraktor gets a Quantum Dial and the ability to split into three. So, you get A Spector, Spyglass, and Viewfinder in the seminal animation.
Attention to detail of these two Transformer models is worth appreciating. You can press the shutter button, rotate the dial, or peek inside the viewfinder. The lens can be removed like an interchangeable lens to expose the 35mm sensor and the trademark L lens red ring adds an element of realism.
Both these Transformers/cameras are slated for a February 25th, 2023 release in Japan, with pre-orders for the Optimus Prime version starting now until September 28th. The Decepticon Reflektor model will only be a Takara Tomy mall exclusive buyable though. They’ll be priced at 19,500 yen (approximately $147) and given the iconic appeal they should sell like hot cakes!
Take a look at any professional camera and its design has a certain logic to it. Especially if you look at the heavier DSLRs, they’re made to be ergonomic and held a certain way. You can’t hold a DSLR with your left hand, the grip’s made in a way that only promotes right-handed usage. Similarly, not all cameras come with screens that pivot 180° to face forwards. In short, a DSLR or Mirrorless camera is made to record other subjects, not yourself. In comes the VoCam concept to change that.
A winner of the Red Dot Design Concept Award, VoCam explores a vlogger-specific camera style that enables self-recording among other recording styles. The three key areas where the camera truly shines is A. in its orientation-agnostic form that can be held in portrait and landscape formats for the recording style and social media outlet of your choosing, B. the adjustable screen that faces all the way forward so you can record yourself as effortlessly as you would on a smartphone, and C. the grip on the side that opens up into a pop-out handle/grip for carrying your camera while walking and recording. The camera is also pretty much designed to be an expert kit right out of the box. It doesn’t need extra lenses or additional accessories like tripods. Sure, you can upgrade your camera with USB storage, gimbals, etc., but the VoCam is designed to be as capable as possible with minimal upgrading required!
Designer: Fan Chenchen
The VoCam’s design comes from China-based designer Fan Chenchen, with inspirations that clearly feel like a hat-tip to Polaroid’s fun, young-demographic-friendly style. It features an f1.8 lens on the front that seems to be the exact same one found on the Sony RX100, and if we’re going by that reference, the VoCam also probably has a massive 20.2MP 1-inch CMOS sensor underneath, allowing for high amounts of light capture that is perfect for shooting in all kinds of light.
What’s really remarkable about the VoCam is that it isn’t just a camera. It’s a full-fledged recording station that has the best of all worlds. The lens, like I mentioned earlier, is top-notch, but the camera also comes with a 180° adjustable screen that lets you record others as well as yourself. There’s a rather large pop-out flashlight on one side of the camera that can be made to face any which way, and on the other side, right underneath the detachable grip is an adjustable boom mic of sorts, giving you the ability to record videos with stellar audio to match.
To keep the purists happy, however, the VoCam has a tripod mount located on its side (visible through the hollow part of the flashlight). It also has an SD card slot and a USB-C port to keep the camera charged.
Mobile photography has become quite the trend, but as powerful as smartphone cameras could be, they still fall short of certain capabilities necessary for more professional work. On the flip side, most professional cameras go in the opposite direction and put everything, including the kitchen sink, resulting in a hefty and bulky body that hinders more than helps. With today’s technologies and manufacturing processes, however, it is certainly possible to shrink camera hardware down to a more manageable size without compromising on the experience and output. All it needs is some creativity and ingenuity, which is what the DWARF II smart telescope brings to the table, whether you’re taking photos of the stars, lions, or anything you need to get up close and personal.
At first glance, the DWARF II almost looks like an old-fashioned camcorder, though its lenses are actually on the long side of its body. That visual association with one of the most portable video recorders probably wasn’t by accident. In size and weight, the DWARF II is definitely one of if not the most compact pro gear you’ll lay your eyes on, especially when you consider all the features it’s actually packing inside.
The DWARF II is a telescope and camera smashed together, and its biggest pull is taking pictures of objects that are either too far away or should be kept at a safe distance. Wildlife photography definitely falls in that category, and the camera’s AI-powered object recognition and tracking make following moving critters no problem at all. The telescope has a wide-angle camera for regular pictures and a telephoto camera for close-ups that’s always aimed at the center of the wide-angle image, making it very easy to find the object you need to shoot in close-up.
Where the smart telescope shines brightest is in taking photos of stars and galaxies in the skies above. The DWARF II’s 100mm lens has an equivalent focal point of 675mm lens on a 35mm camera. That’s more than enough to not only see details on our moon but also to see some galaxies and nebulae. Of course, it’s not enough to simply just reach distances when it comes to astrophotography. Stars “move” slowly across the sky, and cameras need to be able to keep up with them. Fortunately, the DWARF II does that automatically, and it can rotate left and right up to 340 degrees and up and down on its pitch by up to 240 degrees. With a minimum rotation speed of 0.001° per second, enough to track slow-moving stars without a hitch.
Auto Star Tracking and Stacking – DWARF II can rotate around the altitude and azimuth along the movement of stars. DWARF II uses a field-rotation-correction algorithm to avoid the field rotation. Then you can use DWARF II to track deep-sky objects with long exposure time.
Gigapixel Panorama Zoom the World – DWARF II can capture multiple images through 2-axis scanning, then stitch them into ONE picture. The pixel count can even reach ONE BILLION!
AI-powered Object Recognition and Tracking – The maximum angular velocity tracked by DWARF II is 30 °/s, and the maximum linear velocity that can be tracked at a distance of 150 m is 80 m/s, which is 290 km/h. Even airplanes can be tracked.
Although the telescope is already smart by itself, it gets even smarter when paired with a smartphone. In addition to typical remote controls, the smartphone app can make short work of locating objects in the sky and making sure the DWARF II keep track of them. Even more seasoned astronomers and astrophotographers will probably appreciate the guides that will help them locate stars, planets, and galaxies more quickly.
Given all the features you’d normally find in bigger equipment, it’s almost shocking that the DWARF II manages to keep its portable size. That’s thanks to some creative design work, like using a periscope-style telescope to not only save up space but also increase its stability, even when used outdoors with strong winds. Even more surprising is that the DWARF II Smart Telescope only costs $359 for a limited time, offering budding photographers of all kinds an accessible tool they can take with them anywhere, ready to capture moments when inspiration strikes.
Sitting on your car’s dashboard like a little minion, the Tmall Genie Dashcam is a bunch of things – it’s a speaker, a voice AI, and a dashcam that captures your ride. Connecting with your existing Tmall Genie ecosystem, the dashcam can even detect when you get into a collision and contact emergency services for you, providing all the information to them on your behalf. The best part? It attaches to any car to uplift your driving experience – yes, even the non-smart ones.
Designer: Zhejiang Tmall Technology Co., Ltd.
The dashcam also serves as a smart speaker, which explains that rather familiar-looking colorful blob on the front. Almost looking like a HomePod Mini that’s been placed in your car, the dashcam lets you talk to it, tying into all of Tmall’s existing services. Connected to Chinese giant Alibaba, the Tmall Genie voice AI offers a wide host of functions that go beyond just ordering items or playing music. The voice AI also reads news and allows you to control aspects of your smart home, and with the dashcam, Tmall Genie gains importance in yet another aspect of your life. The dashcam can automatically identify driving conditions, capture and upload footage in the event of an accident (while summoning local authorities/services), and there’s even the option to have the dashcam automatically identify when you’re pulling into your garage and open the door or switch the home lights on at just the right time.
The Tmall Genie Dashcam is a winner of the iF Design Award for the year 2022.