There are now a number of rigs in which smartphone photographers can mount their iPhone, allowing it to be used more like a real camera. The iPiX takes a different approach, in that it’s an iPhone case with some camera like features.
Currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign, the iPiX is compatible with iPhone 13 and 14 Pro and Pro Max models. And yes, just like a regular case, it contains silicone bumpers that protect against drops and other accidents.
The special features start with dimmable front and rear LED light strips, which allow users to control the light intensity in both normal shots and selfies. There’s also an optional slip-in lens module – this allows users to cover the phone’s existing three lenses with one of four colored filters, a polarizing filter or a neutral density filter.
The iPiX also includes a wirelessly rechargeable battery that powers the lights, but can also be used to extend the phone’s battery life by up to 60%.
Magnets on the sides of the housing allow it to stick to ferromagnetic surfaces such as signposts or lampposts. If users prefer to just place the thing on a tripod, they can do so via a threaded hole in the iPiX.
Another interesting feature is an included dongle that plugs into the iPhone and comes with its own USB, HDTV, SD, MicroSD, and AC power adapter ports. Among other things, this device allows users to transfer photos/videos back and forth between their phone and other devices; connect peripherals such as keyboards; or use a connected projector to view images stored on their phone.
According to the designers, the iPiX weighs 150 grams (5.3 oz). And because the lighting is controlled via a physical button on the housing, no app is required to use it.
Assuming the iPiX goes into production, you’ll get one from a US$149 commitment. The planned retail price is $300.
The features are demonstrated in the following video.
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