We all love the iPhone 4’s camera. The iPhone’s success as a camera and HD video recorder has been widely observed, with the smartphone topping the chart of used cameras on Flickr.

The problem is that neither the iPad 2’s front or rear-facing camera is very good. Yes, they both work for snapping a simple shot here and there, and the front-facing camera does a reasonable job for FaceTime, but that’s about it. The iPad’s shear size doesn’t help its usefulness as a camera, either.

The iDevice accessory and app makers at Makayama have come up with an iPad 2 movie mount that, they claim, will improve the iPad’s shot-taking prowess…

The Movie Mount is a piece of hardware which acts as a base for a host of add-on accessories, with a tripod, a selection of lenses, and an optical viewfinder amongst them. When everything’s attached, you could almost argue that the iPad 2 becomes a near-semi-pro setup.

“The Movie Mount is a unique piece of hardware which allows you to radically improve video capture with the iPad2. It turns your iPad into a complete studio. Use tele- and wide angle lenses, attach microphones and lights. Use a tripod for super stable shots and much more. Comes with a free app.”

While this all sounds great, it’s worth remembering that even with all the fancy gizmos added, you’re still shooting with an iPad 2. And those cameras aren’t going to get any better, unfortunately.

If you’re still intrgued by what Makayama has to offer, then pre-order your very own Movie Mount now!

“Only $ 69.95 / EUR 49.95 EUR, including taxes and shipping worldwide. First deliveries will begin october 2011.”

If you do pick one up, be sure to report back in the comments!

[MacStories]

  • ras

    lol 🙂 the ipad 2 has such a crappy camera 🙂 whats the use of this ?

  • Michael

    The only thing that intrigues me is how much shit they make for the iPad and iPhone and expect people to shell out $70 or in a lot of cases, hundreds.

  • iXanczy

    Looks great I think.
    (link not working)

  • James

    1) Someone who’s going to use a professional type stand etc for shooting pics and videos surely isn’t going to be using an iPad.

    2) He mentions the audio from the mic and from the iPad’s built in mic, the 1 he clips on sounds far worse and hollow than the built in iPad mic so I don’t get what he’s trying to prove there.

    3) The iPhone has 720p recording and a way better camera so surely if any1 who wasn’t a professional photographer or movie maker, wouldn’t be using an iPad to start with.

    This, imo, would be much more feasable if it was for the iPhone 4, better quality stills and a much smaller footprint, this is just way too large and unwarranted for any1 using an iPad.

  • I manufacture a case for the iPhone 4 that has very similar functionalities, but is actually useful becuase the iPhone actually has a camera that is usable.

    The iPhone 4 has a 5mp sensor that also shoots 720p video. While the iPad sensor is only .92mp it too shoots 720p video but the quality is nowhere near the iPhone.

    Check out the iBooKam @ PEACHii.com, it will give you similar functionality, but on a iDevice that has a sensor worth taking photos and videos with. Plus for a similar price I include a lens which i believe this does not.

    And I’m fairly sure the iBooKam is a little nicer looking than this black plastic thing on an iPad 2.

    PEACHii