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NZ$ 24,542
pledged of NZ$ 60,000pledged of NZ$ 60,000 goal
108
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, October 21 2015 2:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

View the most current updates at www.exo.camera

We have been working hard behind the scenes to address the two main pieces of consumer feedback. 

 1) Price – it’s clear that the current Exo model sits in a price bracket slightly too high for the majority of consumers. This is partly due to our initial selection in manufacturing partner and also in part due to the fact that we always take the approach of under-promising and over-delivering. The Exo GP-1 is a premium product and we wanted to make sure that is exactly what our customers would be receiving. 

 2) GoPro Battery Life – throughout this campaign, there was one piece of the puzzle we knew we had to address but just hadn’t had enough design time yet to be able to announce it. We can now happily announce that we are hard at work with our designers to offer the world an Exo 2.0 which will tackle the limited battery life of GoPros head-on. Visit www.exo.camera and sign up for the newsletter to receive the latest updates on these new features. 

The Exo GP-1 is an all-new accessory for your GoPro Hero 3 or 4 action camera. It’s an external housing which not only transforms your GoPro into a stylish new camera, but also increases functionality and unlocks features previously reserved for higher end cameras.

Exo GP-1 Brown.
Exo GP-1 Brown.

The Exo GP-1 changes the way you use your GoPro and removes the limitations of the standard GoPro housings. The viewfinder means you can confidently use your GoPro for photography, and the tripod and cold shoe mounts equip you with industry standard mounting points, and let you use your GoPro with conventional camera accessories. All this, wrapped in a solid aluminium protective housing means your GoPro never has to leave your side.

Full aluminium prototype with wrist strap.
Full aluminium prototype with wrist strap.
Rear photo of full aluminium prototype.
Rear photo of full aluminium prototype.
Prototype with leather neck strap.
Prototype with leather neck strap.

VIEWFINDER

The addition of a viewfinder allows you to perfectly frame your shots without the need of an LCD screen or app. This means you save on both money and battery life. The lens in the viewfinder replicates the field-of-view of the GoPro's lens and allows you to always get the shot you’re after.

ERGONOMIC GRIP

The GP-1 design gives you a far more ergonomic and stronger grip for shooting photos and videos. The GoPro is small for a reason, but when it comes to handheld shooting, this makes life hard. We’ve increased the size just enough to give you a solid grasp of the unit, at the same time retaining it’s incredible portability and compact size.

TRIPOD MOUNT

We wanted the Exo GP-1 to easily and efficiently draw on any of the accessories that you have in your camera bag so we incorporated a 1/4” tripod mount allowing compatibility with a vast array of existing video and photography accessories. With so many brilliant products out there that feature a 1/4" mounting thread, a seamless solution to unlocking the GoPros mounting system was a must have.

COLD SHOE MOUNT

The cold shoe mount gives you the option to expand the GoPros capabilities with accessories designed for the universal hot shoe mount that you'll find on most cameras. With such a versatile mounting bracket this feature allows you to customize your setup, just like you would, your DSLR.

LEATHER STRAP

This allows you to keep your GoPro on hand and constantly at the ready. Made of premium leather and in two different sizes - a hand strap or a full size shoulder strap - it allows you to wear the camera over the shoulder or around the neck for comfort and utility.

FILTER ATTACHMENTS

We’re developing a full range of filters to expand the creative possibilities of your GoPro. From stylised filters through to ND filters that reduce shutter speeds. These will become available shortly after the first units ship.

Example accessories compatible with the Exo GP-1.
Example accessories compatible with the Exo GP-1.
LED Panel mounted to the cold shoe mount of the Exo GP-1.
LED Panel mounted to the cold shoe mount of the Exo GP-1.
A tripod and a suction cup utilising the 1/4" mount.
A tripod and a suction cup utilising the 1/4" mount.
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Easily add motion with existing accessories like the Syrp Mini.

The idea for the Exo GP-1 was born while filming in Bali. I had left my DSLR in the car while we ventured to a scenic location. I wanted to take a photo of our group but all I had on hand was my GoPro. There was no way I was going back back to the car but there was also no way I was able to use my GoPro to properly frame my shot or even get a good grip to take a decent photo.

Early 3D printed prototype.
Early 3D printed prototype.

I love my GoPro but I wanted to be able to use it in a more comprehensive way. A way that meant it didn’t matter if it was the only camera I had in my travel bag, the only camera I took on holiday, or the only camera I had out with me on the weekends. I wanted to be able to trust that with just the one camera, I could capture everything from 4K video, through to timelapses, burst images, and stills photography.

I wanted to reinvigorate GoPros and allow anyone to use these brilliant action cameras to their full potential.

- Andy Day

Drawings of early models.
Drawings of early models.
Field testing the Exo GP-1.
Field testing the Exo GP-1.
Using the Exo GP-1 for B-Roll during an interview.
Using the Exo GP-1 for B-Roll during an interview.
Price points for the different models.
Price points for the different models.
A breakdown of where the funds will be used.
A breakdown of where the funds will be used.

We're developing a number of accessories that will expand your Exo even further and will be available after the first units ship. 

The first is the filters, which will dramatically increase the performance from the GoPro and allow new creative possibilities.

The second is the iPhone mount which will allow you to use your iPhone as an external monitor while filming; just like you would with a regular external monitor on a DSLR.

The third is a handle for those low angle shots. Third party handles which will do the trick already exist, but the development of our own means we can customise and match it perfectly to the GP-1.

The ultimate goal is to also offer a series of lenses which change the field of view and image produced by the GoPro, from telephoto through to macro lenses.

Estimated timings of project.
Estimated timings of project.

Exo Camera Equipment was founded in 2015 by Andy Day. It was a culmination of years in the film and photography industry and a love for design and innovation. Andy teamed up with his dad Chris, and a design team based in Matakana, New Zealand. 

With a solid grounding in the camera industry and a skilled team of designers, we’ve managed to produce a roadmap that will see innovative new products and accessories rolled-out over the coming months/years.  

Andy Day - Founder. Background in video and photography. 

Chris Day - Business Development. Background as an acoustic engineer.

Paul Russell - Production Manager. Background as CEO of Global Design.

Richard Vickers - Product Designer. Background in product design, development & manufacturing.

Anna De Jong - Product Designer. Background in product design & development.

Risks and challenges

The Exo GP-1 is nearly complete. We have built a prototype that is at roughly 80% working capacity. There are two main elements to be covered off in the final development stage.

1. Correctly matching the optics of the viewfinder to the equivalent field-of-view as the GoPro lens.

2. The hinge mechanism of the rear door. We've taken inspiration from old 35mm cameras to make this rear door function like a film door.

Once these details are finalised, we'll move through to tooling and manufacturing.

Forecasting Risk:
We’ve done our very best to forecast demand and create a solid production plan. We have an experienced team when it comes to product manufacturing, but sometimes forecasts don’t always hit the mark. Should we miss projections, we’ll let you know why and make it right as quickly as possible.

Supply Chain Risk:
We have suppliers in place and ready for the final designs. However, component delays and unexpected shortages can occur. If this happens, we’ll be sure to keep you informed and work to quickly solve the problem.

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    PREMIUM LEATHER SHOULDER STRAP

    Add a leather shoulder strap to your order to make sure your Exo GP-1 can be worn comfortably around the shoulder or neck.

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    *EARLYBIRD*

    BROWN EXO GP-1

    Help us get started and get in quickly to purchase an early bird special, brown Exo GP-1 made from solid aluminium and the highest quality materials.

    The package includes:

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    Get your hands on the brown Exo GP-1 made from solid aluminium and the highest quality materials.

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    BLACK EXO GP-1

    Get your hands on the black Exo GP-1 made from solid aluminium and the highest quality materials.

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    **LIMITED EDITION**

    BLACK ON BLACK EXO GP-1

    Get your hands on the exclusive black on black Exo GP-1. These are limited to only 200 production units.

    The package includes:

    - 1 x Exo GP-1 (black on black)
    - 1 x Premium leather hand strap (black)
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    All black everything!

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    **SUPER LIMITED EDITION**

    LASER ETCHED CUSTOM EXO GP-1

    Get your hands on the super limited edition Exo GP-1. Your choice of brown or black, with the added bonus of laser etching up to 25 characters or a custom logo onto your Exo. These are limited to only 100 production units.

    The package includes:

    - 1 x Exo GP-1 (black on black)
    - 1 x Premium leather hand strap (black)
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    All black everything!

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Funding period

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