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Old Nov 23, 2012, 11:36 PM   #1
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Will.i.am to Launch 14 Megapixel Camera Add-on for iPhone




Telegraph reports that Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am will be launching an iPhone accessory next week that promises to boost your iPhone's camera significantly.
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The first product from his new consumer electronics and app venture i.am+ is an accessory that clips onto an iPhone and transforms the eight megapixel smartphone camera into a 14 megapixel camera, which it is claimed dramatically enhances the clarity and definition of your photographs. Speaking exclusively to The Daily Telegraph, he says: 'We have our own sensor and a better flash. You dock you phone into our device and it turns you smartphone into a genius-phone. We take over the camera.'
Few details are offered, but it is described as interfacing to the iPhone through the dock-connector and has its own camera and flash hardware.

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Old Nov 23, 2012, 11:37 PM   #2
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I haven't heard anyone complaining that the iPhone needs more megapixels... seems 100% useless.
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Old Nov 23, 2012, 11:38 PM   #3
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Pics or it didn't happen.

I don't believe these kind of wild claims, until I have evidence of the contrary. Less disappointments that way.

Edit: "it is described as interfacing to the iPhone through the dock-connector and has its own camera and flash hardware." Ah, in that case it's more believable.
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 09:05 AM   #4
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Pics or it didn't happen.

I don't believe these kind of wild claims, until I have evidence of the contrary. Less disappointments that way.

Edit: "it is described as interfacing to the iPhone through the dock-connector and has its own camera and flash hardware." Ah, in that case it's more believable.
From the description, it just sounds like a digital camera that interfaces via the dock connector. No different than using a digital camera and the camera connection kit, except I guess it'll physically attach to the iPhone and the pictures won't be as good as a dedicated camera.
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 09:12 AM   #5
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So when docked the system becomes an EOS-M?
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Old Nov 23, 2012, 11:38 PM   #6
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So you have to carry this extra 'camera' with you, but it only works when attached to the iPhone?

Why not just a standalone camera then?
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 12:39 AM   #7
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So you have to carry this extra 'camera' with you, but it only works when attached to the iPhone?

Why not just a standalone camera then?
you could use the iphone screen for monitoring and use iOS for software and photo management.
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 09:12 PM   #8
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you could use the iphone screen for monitoring and use iOS for software and photo management.
A stand alone camera requires a sync operation to move the photos to the iPhone. Not to mention the previous step where the photos need to be transferred from the stand alone camera to a computer. This device would make it possible to skip all that. iPhone has a better screen than all of these high end stand alone cameras as well. AND it's the handiest pocket sized photo viewer around.
I always had to bring my MacBook Pro every time I travelled. Since the 3Gs I rarely bring it any more because the capabilities of the phone have improved so much. We are moving closer to an age where the processing power of our phones will be enough to take care of everything we used to to on a computer and there will be no sync operation. If you don't need a computer for anything other than to transfer high quality photos to your phone then this camera seems less expensive.
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 04:59 PM   #9
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So you have to carry this extra 'camera' with you, but it only works when attached to the iPhone?

Why not just a standalone camera then?
Because that would be too logical.
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Old Nov 25, 2012, 05:54 PM   #10
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So you have to carry this extra 'camera' with you, but it only works when attached to the iPhone?

Why not just a standalone camera then?
Agreed. I've got my DSLR if I want to carry another camera with me.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 12:48 AM   #11
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So you have to carry this extra 'camera' with you, but it only works when attached to the iPhone?

Why not just a standalone camera then?
Because you can attach it to your iPhone so you don't have to carry a second device?
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 12:38 AM   #12
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I haven't heard anyone complaining that the iPhone needs more megapixels... seems 100% useless.
The iPhone camera has a tiny lens and a tiny sensor (in surface area, which matters - not pixel count, which doesn't). Its low-light performance is appalling when compared to a real camera, and it has no depth-of-field.

I'm presuming this peripheral will feature a larger lens and a physically bigger sensor. That will greatly improve light-gathering ability. However, I don't see the point. If you want that, just use a real camera, rather than latching a bulky accessory to the iPhone.
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 02:22 AM   #13
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I suppose if it has a decent lens, I might be useful
And also, as the lightning connector works both ways round, maybe this thing will be reversible too
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I haven't heard anyone complaining that the iPhone needs more megapixels... seems 100% useless.
I've never heard of anyone complaining that Apple needed to make a phone with touchscreen and iPod. But they did, and how did that turn out? :P. Lots of thing Apple, and anyone else makes or improves on, are things nobody asks for and only realize they need when it comes out.

Did I need an iPhone 5 when I had the 4s? Nope. But it came out and I got it, can I ever go back to the 4s? Nope.


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This add-on better be so three thousand and eight.

And not two thousand and late
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Old Nov 23, 2012, 11:42 PM   #17
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This add-on better be so three thousand and eight.

And not two thousand and late

i logged on just to like that comment.
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The add-on carries Megapixels of fourteen...

And it's maker claims it lean and mean...

It will come out in two thousand and thirteen...

Will.I.Am promoting the camera of dreams.

Oh...and one more thing. It (the camera) will be the size of a Black-eyed pea!!
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i logged on just to like that comment.
I did the exact same
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This add-on better be so three thousand and eight.

And not two thousand and late
Yeah, as in, for the 5, not the 4/4S.
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Or you could buy a professional camera......
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The iOS version of the Samsung galaxy camera?
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The iOS version of the Samsung galaxy camera?
Apple were rumoured to be working on their own camera last year. I suspect it will happen so or later, Apple will need to offer more than just their current line up of iOS and Mac line ups in future.
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Let's see, what does a loser with no talent but lots of wrongfully acquired fame do? Oh yeah........release useless products at ridiculous prices thereby giving the illusion of premium. So sick of these clowns lol.
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Apple were rumoured to be working on their own camera last year. I suspect it will happen so or later, Apple will need to offer more than just their current line up of iOS and Mac line ups in future.
And bring about the second near death of the company?
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