New anamorphic adapter lens brings film-like video shooting capabilities to iPhone 5s and 5

The iPhone has proven to consistently rank as one of the top smartphone cameras out there that captures images with great quality, but also shockingly fast. What if you could use it to actually make your first foray into film making, wouldn’t that be great? Problem is, even though the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 do record 1080p videos, they do so in a 16:9 format, so if you want to get that trademark cinematic look, you’d need to cut the top and bottom of your footage to get to an aspect ratio of say 2.4:1. However, that would lose a lot of the frame and might be a problem.

Here’s a solution that would make every iPhone 5s a great tool for filming without any need to crop the footage in post-production - the 1.33x anamorphic adapter lens. A Kickstarter initiative, this new lens fits the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5 perfectly (sadly, will not work with any other devices!) and allows you to capture video with a much wider perspective. Moreover, you can use it to shoot panoramic photos in a single tap.

So basically, this 33% increase in horizontal field of view makes the native 4:3 images shot on the iPhone into 16:9 shots, and the 16:9 video into 2.4:1 film. In order to do this magic, it has to actually squeeze more information, but then you can “de-squeeze” it to normalize the look of the image and get rid of artifacts.

The Kickstarter campaign for this first of a kind lens for the iPhone 5 and 5s has still 15 days to go and while early birds specials are gone and the goal has already been met, you can still join in to get yours with an estimated arrival time of around March 2014. Right below, are shots captured with a prototype anamorphic adapter lens.

Related phones

iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0 inches
    1136 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A7, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1570 mAh
  • OS iOS 12.x
iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0 inches
    1136 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A6, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1440 mAh
  • OS iOS 10.x



9. taikucing unregistered

Amazing. I'll buy one if it's available in my country. Can it be used in iPhone 4?

8. spectrums

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

hmmm not attractive.

7. Magenta

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

As long as it's not exclusive to Apple devices, otherwise, I would support these new innovative startups.

6. chrislars

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

This is awesome!

5. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Bring it to Samsung and you will have my full support.

4. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

I am a sucker for photography and that's going into my wishlist

3. GeekMovement unregistered

That's a wonderful accessory!

2. yadu004

Posts: 72; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

Nice accessory, hope these kind of accessories are available to other smartphones as well. They could might as well make that accessory adjustable, so that it coupled with any smartphone,They could have a wider market. Anyway it's really nice.

1. androidrockzz

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 04, 2012

only for iphone?

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