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Have a great weekend!!
great!!! keep up the good work!!
We are not comprising the quality, in fact we are improving the stability from the current Gimbal, so no need to worry. We lost a bit of time, but we can still deliver on time as of now.
yup! don't mind waiting as long as the quality ain't compromised!! hope to see other updates on other aspect of the camera~ thank you for the hard work
Thank you for the suggestions, Just checked, its back-ordered on the site also. We have source will be able to get some in couple weeks. While waiting, we are working on other aspects of the production needs. Have a great day!!
Also, have you tried sourcing the parts from Future Electronics? I did some digging around the electronics supplier world, and supposedly they pride themselves as always having stock of hard-to-get items. Just a thought.
Thanks for the suggestions!! Will keep them in mind and make our very best effort to deliver the best camera we can!!
1) I love the little pink microphone you pictured in the last update. Something like that would be a great accessory, especially if it cuts down on wind, as it will be used outside, you need a decent mini "windsock" type thing.
2) Please don't compromise your latest design over some parts not arriving on time, as a backer I would much prefer the design you want with the parts you think are appropriate. I would rather wait a bit (within reason) to get the best product possible, rather than have to compromose with a different design because you can't get the right magnetic sensors on time.
We have will have it custom made to size, so it will be just right, this is just a sample case.
IDOLCAM body have always been ABS plastic body, the arms for the gimbal will be aluminum. Aluminum case doesn't work well with wifi transmission.
Thanks for the update!
The hard case is great for more protection, but the size is too big, please find a smaller one fit for the Idolcam with additional lens and light?
Will the final Idolcam still aluminium body? (the mould is plastic on the update photo)
Also if you are talking attaching, there is a 1/4" screw on bottom of the camera that you can attach necessary mounting accessories.
Hope you have a nice day! Yes IDOLCAM does feature an external jack for external microphone.
Can I attach an external microphone to this?
Right now, the focus is to first deliver the IDOLCAM to backers. If we have time then will work on the telephoto/Macro lens and release it at the same time of IDOLCAM. Otherwise, will come at a later time.
Are you planning to launch the other lenses?
can't wait for the new update!
Will try to include some photo on the next updates. Currently, we are working on small changes ito gimbal designs and PCB changes don't have much meaning to most people. Until we are through with the design and finish assembly of the new IDOLCAM, don't really have new photos of the actual IDOLCAM which is about 3 weeks away. You can also follow our youtube, or facebook channel if you like to have more frequent updates on videos/photos we shot with IDOLCAM.
Here is our latest video from IDOLCAM. Shot with tele/closeup Lens
can you give us an update including pictures?
The wired selfie stick can be an accessory later on. IDOLCAM can use wifi connect to smarphone thus, user can preview image and control the direction of the gimbal wirelessly, so users can achieve similar function without a specialized selfie stick.
ND filter shouldn't be a big problem to make, just have to come after the delivery of IDOLCAM. Motion blurs can be reduced with higher frame rate and high shutter speed.
Have a nice day.
Also, I know I'm harping on here... A couple backers have mentioned this too, but an ND filer accessory would be MASSIVE! I know that the extra weight throws off the gimbal balance, so it would probably have to be done in-house. But if you're making your own lenses, if you could get some with a built-in ND filter that would be so great, as the blurriness when doing fast pans is visible with all of these action cams, and only an ND filter seems to fix it (I'm not an expert, but I think that's correct).
Thanks for the reply Jason.
I'll keep this one shorter. What I think would really set this product apart as an accessory is the ultimate selfie stick. I don't know if this exists yet, but a lightweight (graphite?) telescoping selfie stick that has the buttons/joystick on the handle grip for control, and a mic cable that also runs inside so you can plug in all your I/O through the selfie stick and be able to plug in a cheap wired lavaliere mic into your shirt for the complete vlogging package. I know this isn't anywhere near a priority right now, but I'd buy one. If it was done correctly with graphite (or some other very lightweight material) I'd pay $100-$150 for something like that. I don't know if the economics of that work out, but just an idea. Can't wait for my Idolcam :)
thanks for the reply!! Great to see things are moving along!! very excited!!
Yes, we will send a survey before shipment to ask for shipping address etc and will have a chance for you to order the selfie stick then.
With the Mics, we will be testing later and will find a few great options to recommend. We will try to come up with a mic that matches well with Idolcam as well, but not sure if we can have it ready by the time of shipment.
We will work hard to get it to a product that you will use all the time! Have a nice weekend!!
I can't wait for this product, I find myself constantly daydreaming about different ways to use it. I could literally open up an event filming company with this tech. Anyways, I know you've answered this several times, but perhaps it will be useful for people who aren't going to dig through your replies... but I got the super early bird package *without* the selfie stick, but now I am regretting that decision, I want the selfie stick that you recommend rather than finding my own on Amazon (most of them are designed to work with phones anyways). You mentioned a survey going out near shipment, but I did not pay the extra $25 (yet), and I can't change my pledge. I don't really want to make a separate pledge on Indigogo (but I will if necessary) as I feel that managing 2 different shipments will just end up being a lot more hassle for you and me. SO! Can you confirm with Kickstarter that we can have the chance to add on extra items closer to the shipping date? As another user pointed out, I'm sure they're not opposed to moving more product through their service :)
Thanks again for the ill product, and apologies for the long-winded circuitous question. ONE MORE THING! lol. As you progress through development, can you (or any other user here) recommend a microphone to work with the 3.5mm jack? I'm thinking about a lavaliere-style pic (with an option for a big bushy foam "windsock" to cut down on wind if I'm using it while moving fast) that's with wireless and battery powered, or wired and powered by the camera? It would be a bit cumbersome to have a long cable, but I'm imagining the idea setup being running the audio cable down the selfie stick, wrapping around it, then up my shirt to clip the mic on the front of said shirt. What would make this a competent, inexpensive and functional accessory would be if it was manufactured with a "break" in the cable approximately halfway down the audio cable, so that in emergencies, or for convenience, I can just detach the 3.5mm "break" male-female connector and then I can put the selfie stick down and I'm no longer "tethered" to it. This would be a LOT cheaper than getting a battery-powered wireless lav mic setup, and less hassle of having one more thing to sync, and one more battery to have charged. Just a thought.
This video is shot on the same FOV setting, but different lens. You will see sample shots of Closeup lens, wide angle and fisheye lens. https://youtu.be/ZZ5rTjuq5XM
Also with the case, it should have some kind of case, but we are just that there yet, as we are focusing on finishing and make IDOLCAM as good as we can and then we shift to packaging toward the last 1 to 2 months.
We are working on refinements that we find on testing the prototype and will finish the next iteration for an even better IDOLCAM and hopefully can start production in July to August and deliver in October.
Will keep that in mind for the next video. That would be good info for people interested in IDOLCAM!
Hi Jason! I hope all is going well for the production~ :) I wanna check if there's a hard/semi-hard casing/box included to keep the camera?
@Jackson, i would like to see a different lens comparison at the same POV, please make one when you're free. Thanks
Thank you very much for the suggestions. Indiegogo reached out to us and helped setup the campaign very quickly. So we thought why not! Have a nice day!!
I was going to suggest that extending the campaign through IGG's in-demand program (they appreciate any traffic they can get ;) ) , but see that a live page has just gone up.
We just got to Shenzhen for a few days and will send out a bi-weekly update. Please be patient, it will be a long process.
Any updates on the progress?
You selected the $350 super early bird package, which doesn't come with selfie stick. Only the $375 super early bird comes with a selfie stick.
I'm confused as to why my perk doesn't have selfie stick, when it did at the time when selecting the perk!!
We will announce the winner when we are ready to deliver the IDOLCAM. Thanks for the interest.
Thanks for the reply Jason! I noticed that your website is also holding a free giveaway on the IdolCam but I didn't see any update on the winner? Any idea when will you announce it? :)
Thanks for the input, will try to keep an bi-weekly update, seem to be a good frequency. I just checked, your ordered package didn't include a selfie stick. But you will have an chance to add the selfie stick when we sent out survey closer to delivery. Have a nice weekend.
@creator. Thank you for the response. Please keep a bi-weekly update schedule. This builds trust and transparency with your backers. Also, it gives you a goal to orient yourselves on ensuring everything is on track.
Also, I pledged the super early bird. I don't see the selfie stick mentioned. Please make sure I have the selfie stick and the other perks added as well.
Thank you very much for your support! Hope you have a great weekend!
Thanks for sharing your experience. Yes, we will send out a survey later and give the option to add accessories if you like later on.
We have also been thinking of adding a counterweight option for the IDOLCAM, so we can offer more lens options, filters, lighting modifiers, etc.
You didn't pledged during the time frame of Super early bird, that's why your order at $375 didn't come with a selfie stick.
The telephoto lens may be available when we send out the survey before the shipping but not 100 percent positive. We want to get the camera ready first. The lens will be glass not sure on the coating.
Been thinking about the lens situation and filters. Even though they're not officially supported, due to stability issues (might need to tape a coin to the back to help even the weight distribution and of course, any extra load probably isn't great for the mech), the headache of support for use outside of intended parameters that might cause, some other "action cams" have had adapters made to use more standard filters, like a polarizer or ND filters, etc.. There's a a filter adapter for an older model (3, 3+)of that very popular "pro" action camera line, that fits around the lens that I think I might be able to tweak. ;)
I think the base package was the camera, one battery, the ring "beauty" light, a micro USB cable for charge/power/DATA transfer and the 170 and 90 degree lenses. Not certain if the spot-light was an optional later add-on. Not sure about an included HDMI cable, but those are standard and can be gotten anywhere.
The selfie-stick and extra battery where add-on options. available through the campaign, by adding to your pledge to cover the extra cost. Later, when the surveys would be sent, they'd ask what the extra funds were intended for. Though, from previous experiences I've had with KickStarter and depending how they handle fulfillment, later, it's possible one might be able to add on those items again, when asked in the survey. I'm sure they wouldn't mind if people were to purchase more goodies, maybe even more cameras. ^+^
I would like to know if the $375 price comes with the selfie stick it is not listed in my view pledge but is listed down below?
Hoping that your lens will be in glass material and preferably with some UV coatings~ It will produce better quality photos and videos!! :)
will your tele and close up lens be up as an add on during survey?