How does a 50mm f/1.8 lens with a large 13.2 mm x 8.8 mm CMOS sensor on your iPhone sound?
Wide aperture, fast lens, out-of-focus background separation and superb mirrorless camera-like images on your iPhone, are you ready for it? Well, you now have a chance to take part of such a product. Read on.
There’s no denying that even the most avid of photographers are using their smartphones for casual photos more than ever. But despite the growing trend of photography going mobile, the smartphone camera manufacturers have been pretty lagging with their development of hardware.
Most smartphone manufacturers are entering the digital photography segment by doing what camera manufacturers did 10 years ago — megapixel war [Unggghh!].
The result are decent photos of large file sizes but highly lacking in image quality and lens development.
Young Minds Innovate
In comes a team of individuals from National University of Singapore with their Ladibird project, and I hope you’ll support this project for the future of mobile phone photography technology.
What they’re basically doing is create a sleeve case for the iPhone 5 (and future variants) supporting a mirrorless camera large sensor and a fixed prime lens of 50mm f/1.8 specification.
It’s sleek, innovative, and frankly quite cheap if you jump in and support their project while it’s still under development. Get yours before the price creeps up further.
Full production and delivery is scheduled on June of 2014 for the early supporters (fully redeemed), the 2nd batch of crowdfunders can expect their units around September of 2014, while retail availability is scheduled around the last quarter of 2014.
I contributed already for the project, and it might mean that I’ll be forced to finally adopt an iPhone product after my first 3GS unit :P. Can’t wait to give this a whirl.
For those of us who have accepted the fact that we can’t be lugging our DSLRs and mirrorless cameras everyday and see the future of instant sharing and connectivity through WiFi and 3/4G technology, this product is a no-brainer. All the FAQs you might be interested in are on the crowdfunding page.
Support the Ladibird project, especially if you’re in Singapore/Malaysia! click here to see more info and order yours!