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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 30 2015
$47,952
pledged of $45,000pledged of $45,000 goal
488
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 30 2015

About

Thank you to all our backers for helping us surpass our goal! For all news and updates on Camlet Mount, please go to www.camletmount.com

Camlet Mount now gets even more of your kit together!

Camlet Mount is no longer for just DSLR or Mirrorless cameras! See the Features & Benefits section below for more details.

The easiest way to enhance your DSLR or mirrorless camera with all the capabilities of your mobile device.

With your phone or tablet Camlet Mounted on your camera, you can effectively create a touchscreen, internet-enabled live-view for your DSLR. Read on to discover how using Camlet Mount together with many of the third-party apps available to control, edit and share your photos can make the most of all the devices you already own, and take your photography and videography to the next level!

 Note: The DSLR Controller App was used in our video as just one example of the many third-party apps available. We've got a list of app recommendations at www.camletmount.com/applist.

Big thanks to the publications that have featured us so far!

"Do you like the larger viewfinder on your mobile phone, but are after the image quality of your DSLR?"- Gizmag

"The Camlet Mount is, no doubt, great added value to what most photographers already have"- Exposure Guide

"Eye-opening" - Digital Trends

1. Enables easier use of Apps to:

  • control
  • edit
  • live-view
  • instantly upload or share

2. Multi-angle adjustment

Move into a lower position for video:

& forward-facing is perfect for video blogging or pro-quality selfies:

3. Securely & safely grips - with quick attachment & release

Camlet Mount comes with two different sizes of holder, which adjust to fit different phones and tablets of screen size up to around 7"-8". We've designed these holders to be easily interchangeable. Swap from a phone on one shoot to a tablet on the next  -  or from minute to minute!

4. Large-screen live-view & video monitoring

No expensive extra monitor required! Instead you can use your mobile device to review images more clearly, change settings quicker & easier.

5. Lightweight & portable

Folds down onto the camera ready for action, and retain normal use of your camera and strap:

6. Fits any DSLR or mirrorless camera with a standard hot shoe.

Use single-handed or with your tripod:

7. DSLR Filmmaking: Low-cost setup for DSLR Indie shooters:

Use the Camlet Mount with a video bracket or handle for optimum DSLR video shooting (for stability, and use with mic or other accessories) - A low cost alternative for DSLR Indie filmmaking using your tablet as a crystal clear HD monitor:

*To achieve HDMI smooth video live-view suitable for Indie filming, we strongly recommend using a wired connection with an Android tablet (and the DSLR Controller App or similar)

8. Smartphone Photography :

Use the Camlet Mount on its own and attach to any tripod for regular smartphone and tablet photography, without a DSLR.


9. Use with your GoPro!

Use the Camlet Mount with your GoPro Hero + GoPro App, in a multitude of different setups and positions.

Attach the Camlet Mount directly to GoPro for handheld use:

Attach directly with GoPro Gooseneck:

Camlet Mount attached to GoPro using a stabilizing handgrip:

By now you'll see that many different device combinations are possible with Camlet Mount. The devices will talk to each other either with a wire, or wirelessly, depending on your particular combination of camera, device, and app.

If you need some help figuring yours out, we've put together this guide as a starting point:

Camlet Mount is the physical hardware mount only, used for attaching your two devices, and provides a highly positionable and secure mounting option for your phone or tablet.

As mentioned, you will need to use a third-party App to connect your devices - however we are including the connection cable for Android devices (with Canon/Nikon DSLRs). Apple iOS devices must connect through a Wifi option as shown above - A wired connection with iOS is not possible at present.

Camlet Mount doesn't currently have its own app, but instead leverages the wealth of apps and connectivity already available - for Canon, Nikon and other brands. Check out our suggested app list here: www.camletmount.com/applist. For specific camera-mobile device compatibility please see the guides of each of these specific apps at their respective websites (for example the DSLR Contoller App guide can found here: http://dslrcontroller.com/devices.php)

GoPro users can use the official iOS, Android or Windows Phone App with a GoPro Camera.

For more details regarding connecting, please see the FAQ at the bottom the page.

We were looking for a large, portable screen solution for our DSLR cameras without having to get expensive, bulky monitors. 
We also wanted to be able to upload our photos immediately to social media while still on the go... and even edit and photoshop them without having to export to a computer first, or have an assistant permanently at a monitor. That's not too much to ask, is it?!

We couldn't believe that we were already carrying amazing, high-res and mobile connected devices with larger touchscreens, when our higher quality cameras had tiny displays… the technology was there in front of us - we just had to bridge the gap.

Our Design Process

Camlet Mount started life as something we put together to get a job done, but we've since spent time developing it to be the best design it can be, and protected by a number of patents and trademarks. One of our priorities was ensuring it works for as many kinds of devices, in as many setup positions that the photographer needs... we knew we had to make swappable holders of different sizes, so it could be used with both phones and tablets:

Our holder has a spring-based attachment mechanism for quick and easy insertion and use, but which still grips the device very securely. 

Having universal holders, rather than for specific models of device, was important to us because, like you we didn't want to have to upgrade the holder every time we upgraded devices. The large holder takes mid-sized tablets of screen size around 7"-8"  like the iPad mini above - got something bigger?

THIRD XL HOLDER NOW AVAILABLE!

We had a lot of requests for this holder which takes 'full-sized' ipads like the iPad Air or Nexus 9 - those bigger than 8". So it's now an optional extra you can add to any reward level. Just add $10 to your pledge (if you're already a backer, no need to change anything else - just up the pledge by $10, it includes shipping too!) and we'll confirm that you want one in the end-of-campaign survey.

The first time we built Camlet Mount, we modified a pre-existing holder for our prototype, but soon realized that we could improve on that, too.

We've tested the holder at great length inside and out and can assure you that your device will be held safely and securely no matter how much of an action photographer you are!

Another priority was being able to change the positions of the device on the camera:

In our own experience, many other hot shoe accessories seemed not only rigid and inflexible, but too high on the camera. With Camlet Mount, a three-point pivot design allows it to be placed as close to the camera as possible with many unique repositioning configurations.

It has a particular level of stiffness that can always be adjusted by hand (without changing the tightening knobs) while staying stable and secure.

This design is also ultra-portable - it neatly folds down onto the camera but is ready in place when you are. Initially some GoPro® mounting parts were used in our first prototype to achieve this for the arm section, as seen in parts of the demo video and stills, as we found these gave the best performance. However, in our current prototypes these have been replaced with OEM "like-GoPro" standard parts (as used on other products) along with our own custom made arm pieces and thumb screws, to give the mount improved mobility and positional performance. We'll have even more custom-molded parts for the final product, along with our holders, and lots of patents are pending.

About Apps

Camlet Mount provides a highly positionable, secure physical connection between devices, so your tablet or phone can become an adjustable monitor and touchscreen. Our demo video was commissioned to demonstrate its potential in combination with third-party DSLR apps to control and edit photos. Camlet Mount isn't associated with the "DSLR Controller" app used there, and doesn't currently have its own app, but leverages the wealth of apps and connectivity already available - for Canon, Nikon and other brands. Check out our list here: www.camletmount.com/applist. For example here's the Sony NEX, Camlet Mounted with a Samsung phone and sharing photos via Sony's own Android app:

PATENTED!

We've designed Camlet Mount to have the most unique functionality that a mount can have. We have both utility and design patents. But we won't stop there - we've patented a couple of further features too.

These include different charging add-ons, to keep your phone or tablet powered all day. Plus, useful accessories such as a visor/hood, microphones and lots more.

Take photos then edit and share them right from the shoot - or use the stability of Camlet Mount as a stand for your device to upload, edit or add a write-up in a cafe nearby.

We've built and tested it around the world….

...Now we're ready to go, and we need your support to get Camlet Mount onto your camera.

All Camlet Mount packages will include as standard:

  • super-useful connection cable, to save you time searching and buying the right one - connect right away (with Android - see our connection guide above to find out what combinations of device can use the cable)
  • plus of course, the two holders (small, for phones - large, for tablets up to 8" screen size) 

  • + NEW! WANT A THIRD XL HOLDER
    for full-sized tablets? - add $10 to any reward level you choose

Price levels for each reward are exclusive of shipping - please just choose your region when you make your pledge.

Every single pledge or share of this project will help us make Camlet Mount a reality. With your support, we can all get more from the amazing devices we already carry around, and make it easier to produce and share great work.

Become a Camlet Mountie with us and get your kit together!

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!

THE CAMLET MOUNT TEAM

Special Thanks

We'd really love to thank everyone who has helped us get Camlet Mount to this point - your support and feedback has been invaluable.

Thanks for our video: Eli Bennett, Sam Cassidy, Damon Fulford, Ranjeeve Gill, Selorm Matanawi, Tiki Patel, Henrique Rodrigues, Errol Stussi, Victor Zinck Jr. Thanks for our photos: Shereen Chao, Mark Izatt.

Risks and challenges

As engineers in photography and filmmaking, we really wanted to improve the DSLR experience, and have been working hard to make Camlet Mount the best and only mount to do this.

Between us we have over 40 years' experience of inventing, engineering and designing. We have already invested much passion, energy and time into Camlet Mount - its patents and prototypes - that it is already much improved from the early version demonstrated in the video! (We've updated the video stills to match the current design). Your pledges will help us to make the expensive injection molds required for the production run, and ready the assembly and packaging.

Our waves of delivery are estimates of course, but we will work hard to meet them. We know that there will always be unplanned-for events that could happen in product manufacturing, and aim to reduce these by making sure to work with manufacturers who have years of experience. By keeping our team small but specialized, we have streamlined every process and reduced additional costs to make Camlet Mount as affordable as we can - and we expect that to help throughout the next stages.

In our schedule we also hope to take feedback from this Kickstarter campaign into account.... we already have custom parts and plenty of add-ons for the future - we want to ensure that Camlet Mount is what you, our backers want, and be a great investment. We will keep you posted each step of the way because first and foremost, we appreciate all your support.

When we made the first Camlet Mount, it was to quickly upgrade a DSLR camera and bring it up to speed with mobile phone technology. If we can bridge the gap for you, too, with Camlet Mount we can make photography even more productive and rewarding!

Thank you to all our Camlet Mounties!

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