It seems that something is always lost in the name of progress. For instance, while the latest iPhone shoots with many times the resolution of professional grade cameras of yesteryear (even just a decade ago), the ergonomics are, let’s face it, a bit awkward when it comes to shooting a film.
Now the Lumenati CS1, dubbed the world’s first cinematic smartcase, has launched a funded campaign on Kickstarter with the goal of combining the features of a digital device and the ergonomic ease of a classic lo-fi camera.
The Lumenati CS1 is basically an oversized iPhone case that wraps your phone in a case that looks remarkably like Kodak’s 1965 Super 8 camera (which recently celebrated its 50th birthday).
“Something about the shape of those old Super 8 cameras just screamed to everybody around, ‘Perform!'” said Alex Bogusky, advisor/investor to Lumenati and co-founder of the CS1, in a statement. “When you pointed one at somebody, they instantly became animated, and more often than not there’s a natural narrative in these home movies.”
According to the Kickstarter page, “The CS1 enhances the iPhone camera by creating the ability to attach lenses for numerous different shots. Additionally, the CS1 enables the addition of filters, handles, microphones, and lights, which greatly enhance the overall quality of the filming experience. Place it onto a tripod for completely steady and beautiful video.”
If you fund the campaign, you’ll get a 20% discount on the CS1 (which retails for $279), which is estimated to be released in February 2016.
So how does it work? Just as folks would load an 8mm film cartridge in the olden days, cinematographers will simply pop their device into the Lumenati CS1.
Per the Kickstarter campaign page, “the lightweight, portable unit allows anyone to frame and film a steady, stable shot with the pull of an intuitive trigger. A cold shoe allows filmmakers to attach lights, microphones and extra handles for sport shooting. The low-light, real-time viewfinder allows WYSIWYG capabilities even in bright light, a feature that is elusive to modern mobile devices. Lenses can be swapped to shoot in wide angle, fisheye and telephoto.”
If that sounds cool to you, find out more and pre-order the Lumenati CS1 here.