The Kamerar ZOOM Lens Kit is a new, third-party dual-lens system for the iPhone 7 Plus. It features a sleek and slim design that makes it unobtrusive and quick to use.
Smartphone filmmaking is certainly a thing these days. Modern smartphones feature decent cameras that can be used in conjunction with a variety of apps, stabilisers and other accessories to produce very high quality content. Just take a look at this short film shot simultaneously on an iPhone 7 and a RED Weapon for the kind of end result you can achieve. By the way, if you want to learn more about iPhone filmmaking, make sure you check out this excellent article by cinema5D’s Richard Lackey.
One of the limitations you may find on your journey as an iPhone cinematographer is your camera’s lens. Camera accessory manufacturer Kamerar has announced a product that promises to help you achieve more interesting images: it’s the Kamerar ZOOM Lens Kit for the iPhone 7 Plus.
The Kamerar ZOOM Lens Kit
The main difference to other third-party lens options out there is how seamlessly it integrates with your iPhone 7 Plus. The Kamerar ZOOM Lens Kit is based around an actual functional protective phone cover with access to all ports, meaning that you don’t have to whip out lens mounts whenever inspiration strikes and you change from phone mode to shooting mode.
The back of the case features a slot in which to insert the different dual-lens setups, allowing you to quickly flip up the optics when you want to change your field of view and optical characteristics. This removes the need to screw and unscrew different lenses, and helps you save time when trying to get that unexpected shot.
Kamerar claims their removable dual-lens system for the dual camera on the iPhone 7 Plus is the first in the world, and this does in fact seem to be the case, as other third-party offerings only appear to make use of one of the cameras.
In terms of lens options, the Kamerar ZOOM Lens Kit product announcement revealed two dual-lens setups designed by Ztylus Innovations – a Macro Zoom that allows you to focus very close to your subject for striking detail, and a Fisheye/Telephoto that expands the optical zoom capabilities of the dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus.
Sure, you might not have such a huge selection of optics as with the OlloClip system, and the lenses may not have the ZEISS logo like on ExoLens Pro. But the low-profile that the Kamerar ZOOM Lens Kit offers, as well as the ease of use that allows you to change optical characteristics with a quick flick of your fingertips could make this product a favourite among iPhone filmmakers. If the price is competitive and the image quality stands up to the rigorous eye of filmmakers out there, this could turn out to be a very interesting product indeed. In the meantime, check out the sample footage below!
There is no pricing or availability for the Kamerar ZOOM Lens Kit yet, but we’ve reached out to them and will keep you posted.
Would you pimp your iPhone 7 Plus with something like this? Have you tried any of the alternatives? Let us know in the comments below!