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Stick Podo anywhere to capture any moment and any angle, with full wireless control.
Stick Podo anywhere to capture any moment and any angle, with full wireless control.
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V2 Sample Pictures

Posted by Podo Labs (Creator)
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Hi Backers,

Today's post features a bunch of sample images from our prototype Podos. Enjoy!

It may not be pretty (yet), but it works ;)
It may not be pretty (yet), but it works ;)

That's last year's gen 1 Podo on the left, this year's gen 2 on the right. You notice it's a bit...naked. We're updating firmware and image tuning on it every day, so that's why we leave it out of the plastics. The factory is making integrated (combined) prototypes and sending them to us next week, but for now this is the Podo as we know and love it! Ignore the red LEDs, they should be white but we grabbed these just for now (Though they would make for a cool Halloween Podo...) There will be 8 white lights in a circle in the final version.

Taking pictures.
Taking pictures.

This is the setup I used for the following pictures. Two Podos, two phones, stuck together at one angle (on a battery pack). In the following pictures, Podo gen 2 means this year's Podo (that you are receiving from this campaign). Podo gen 1 is last year's Podo. Here we go!

Taken by Podo gen 2
Taken by Podo gen 2

 

Podo gen 1
Podo gen 1

Here I'm about 1.5 feet away from the camera. Gen 1 isn't quite in focus and not fitting everything in at this range. Gen 2 shows good sharpness but my ISO setting was a bit low, though the scene looks true-to-life. This is easily tweaked in software.

Podo gen 2
Podo gen 2

 

Podo gen 1
Podo gen 1

In this photo I'm standing directly facing the setting sun, so the light is harsh from the side. Gen 1 colors got affected as it compensated for this glare. Gen 2 is looking good, though I would ask the sensor techs to up the saturation a little bit.

Gen 2
Gen 2

 

Gen 1
Gen 1

Taking a double selfie! It's much easier to take a nice selfie with the wide angle lens. Please excuse the crazy hair. It's windy up there.

Gen 2
Gen 2

 

Gen 1
Gen 1

This image is a challenge because it's directly facing light; backlighting your subject is never a great idea. But it was a great view and I wanted to take a "candid" photo!

Gen 2
Gen 2

 

Gen 1
Gen 1

Heading back inside, I took a photo in the relatively dimly lit hallway by our door. You can see the drastic difference in lowlight performance between Gen 2 and last year's Gen 1!

Gen 2
Gen 2

 

Gen 1
Gen 1

Here is another #candid shot in our conference room. Gen 2 would be much better when out eating with friends and fitting in everyone around the table together. Gen 1 still takes a nice solo shot in the dim room with no lights on.

Gen 2
Gen 2

And just for fun, a selfie gif taken by the pool table! I used LAPSE mode at the 3 second interval and let Podo do its thing while I made silly faces. (Images downscaled to make the gif)

30 Hours to go!

Thank you for all the warm comments and messages you are sending our way! The team is really appreciative of it. Please check out the prior update if you have any questions about accessories or stretch goals, and let's hit the next one today and the rest tomorrow ;)

Best,

The Podo Labs Team

Katelynn Carter, Dirk Spingler, and 54 more people like this update.

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    1. Kai Chinn on

      @Podo Labs~
      That's great news and looking forward to it with glee!!! :D

    2. Podo Labs 4-time creator on

      @Elayne - We haven't tried a magnifying glass but I was able to resolve small toys that were less than 6 inches away; the wide angle helps. We'll try it soon!

    3. Podo Labs 4-time creator on

      @Elayne -

    4. Podo Labs 4-time creator on

      @Angelica - Please see prior updates!
      @Kai Chinn - We will in updates throughout; right now we only have 2 prototypes that capture decent photos (we have more than that without lenses though, to test the connection), we expect a dozen or so in around two weeks.

    5. Podo Labs 4-time creator on

      @All - Thank you! And yes colors and contrast, things like that can be edited no problem. Sharpness, getting enough light data in the picture, these are things much harder to "fix" with software. We are continuously tuning the final results, these are very very raw!

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      frank on

      The gen2 is sharper, but i like the light better in gen1......

    7. Kai Chinn on

      Looks like fun!

      Hey, could you show us an example of a 6 camera (or 3 or more) circular shoot around you and how you would use it?

      I am happy and excited for your success in Podo V2!!!

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      Angelica Cortina on

      Hi Guys I really admire you're creation!:) btw how do I add the additional strap waterproof case and stand

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      Juliet W on

      @Jason, the camera on Gen 2 takes sharper photos. Once Podo adjusts the the saturation, white balance and corrects the lens distortion it's going to look amazing. I think its pretty impressive for a prototype!

    10. Jason Ely on

      am I the only one that thinks most of the Gen 1 pictures look better?

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      Fidel on

      an idea for the light, you could set up half of the light with white led and the other half of irled. and you can configure to to use one or the other. that way for night photos you can choose which type of light you want

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      Elayne Bouffler on

      Thank you for the tremendous effort you are putting into keeping us informed – we all appreciate it.

      Would it be possible for you to take a couple of photos showing how close you can get to achieve good focus? (I'm the one who would like to experiment with putting some sort of magnifying lens in front of the camera, with a views to trying to get faux macro photos. )

      Also, is there any chance of a brief video? Is there a limit to the length of videos? My current Narrative camera (for which support is being with drawn on 31st October) maxes out at 30 seconds.

    13. Podo Labs 4-time creator on

      @Rasto Kirn - We don't have it in the app yet; now that we've hit the stretch goal we will add it in time though. These pictures are 100% non-edited in any way.

    14. Podo Labs 4-time creator on

      @Germaine Cheong - Thanks for the tip! I'll pass that along.

    15. Rasto Kirn on

      Hello! Haven't you told us that barrel distortion is eliminated?

    16. Germaine Cheong
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      Hi podo! Great sample pictures! However, I would like to suggest to adjust the white balance as the skin looks a little green.