Smartphones have come to dominate photography, with companies more than ever viewing the camera as an essential part of the device. The rise of 360-degree photography meant that consumers had to actually buy cameras again, but there are innovators like FusionLens looking to merge those two worlds. Having launched a smartphone attachment last year, the company is back with a Kickstarter campaign for its latest design FusionLens 2.0.
A dual lens camera attachment for the iPhone X, XS, XS Max and XR, FusionLens 2.0 allows mobile photographers to shoot in a range of settings, from wide-angle to 360-degrees. The wide-angle feature turns the iPhone lens into an 8mm camera, while its Anamorphic format is a cinematography technique offering a 23:9 aspect ratio.
A clip-on system with each 30mm lens module providing 210° field of view (FOV), Fusion Lens was looking to raise HK$20,000 by the middle of January 2019. The campaign has already managed to raise almost HK$60,000 (approximately £6,000 GBP).
Early bird backing tiers are still available, with iPhone XR owners able to pre-order the FusionLens 2.0 for HK$392 (£39), while iPhone X/XS/XS Max owners can pre-order the device for HK$431 (£43). There’s also a Pro Kit, Travel Kit and Premium Kit available, adding a phone case, travel case for FusionLens 2.0 or both respectively.
Once the Kickstarter has been completed, FusionLens expects to start shipping to backers in March 2019.
Alongside the FusionLens 2.0 attachment, there’s the additional app for all your control needs. Thanks to the advanced computational photography algorithm built into the app, users can change their shooting results without actually changing the lens.
“We never stop enhancing the product. We see great potential in computational photography technologies,” said Tim Lo, CEO of FusionLens in a statement. “There are a lot more interesting features coming to surprise our consumers.”
VRFocus will continue its coverage of the latest 360-degree cameras, reporting back with any further announcements from FusionLens.