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Give any smartphone optical zoom capabilities using Snapzoom

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Give any smartphone optical zoom capabilities using Snapzoom
Smartphone accessories that add optical zoom are nothing new, but none of the ones we've seen is the past is quite like Snapzoom. It has no lens system of its own – instead, it enables the user to safely and easily mount their smartphone to a pair of binoculars, or to a microscope, or even a telescope in order to get that extra magnification. Simple, but cool idea, don't you think?

The story of Snapzoom begins back in 2012 when Daniel Fujikake and Mac Nguyen tried shooting photos and videos through a pair of binoculars using an iPhone. They were impressed by the results, but an easy way of keeping the smartphone aligned with the binoculars' eyepiece wasn't available at the time. Eventually, the Snapzoom project was born and brought to Kickstarter where it received the $55,000 funding it pledged for in a matter of days. 

Snapzoom is meant to be universal so it will work with pretty much any popular smartphone you can think of – an iPhone, any Android or Windows Phone handset, even the massive Samsung Galaxy Note II. Yet it won't quite classify as cheap for what it does – the retail version will cost $75 once it is on the market. Early adopters, however, can grab it for $70 via Kickstarter or for $90 with a set of Bushnell binoculars thrown in. Expect seeing the accessory on sale in September of 2013.

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posted on 02 May 2013, 06:32 2

1. jeff1434325 (Posts: 97; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)

cool, i want one:')

posted on 02 May 2013, 09:13

6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Hell yeah, I want one also. This is one of the coolest inventions for a smart phone in quite a long time.


posted on 02 May 2013, 06:39 9

2. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

i want this to make my 808 PureView more amazing!

posted on 02 May 2013, 07:31 5

4. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

but would it work on the 808, with the camera bump it might not be able to dock with it. the phones mentions i.e. android and windows phones and the iphone all are flat on the back..

ive been looking for something like this for my 808 but seems people dont see the market....

posted on 03 May 2013, 09:40 1

8. -RVM- (Posts: 331; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Depends if it can handle smartphone 18 mm thick. And even then - u will have to attach something to slimmer part of the phone - to make it equally thick as on camera bump. Otherwise lens will not be aligned correctly and this might degrade image quality.

posted on 02 May 2013, 06:40 1

3. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1236; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

i like the idea but the price limits the audience, i reckon

posted on 02 May 2013, 08:59

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

I think Snapzoom is a great idea. Props to the developers. There are similar concepts available (external lenses for iPhone come to mind), but this seems to be the first to target binoculars, spotting scopes and the like. I might drop $70 on one.

posted on 03 May 2013, 03:52

7. jsdechavez (Posts: 758; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

Seriously? I'd get a DSLR or a micro 4/3.

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