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Turn Your iPad Into a Production Tool With This Gadget – Padcaster Review

By Paul Faecks on June 1st 2014

Many photographers make fun of people taking photos and videos with their iPads for good reason. iPads don’t have very good lenses, you can’t attach them to a tripod and the sound just isn’t that good when recording video. The Padcaster is a gadget that was built to overcome all those issues. In this video, the folks from The Slanted Lens talks a look at the Padcaster and its features to see if it is a good option to turn your iPad into a video production tool.

[REWIND: LIGHTROOM MOBILE FOR IPAD REVIEW]

The Padcaster has multiple hotshoes on the top where you can attach, for example, a microphone or a LED panel. You can attach a wide-angle lens to your iPad, too. You also have multiple options for putting it on a standard tripod. The Padcaster started as a Kickstarter campaign and has recently been seen in the latest Apple commercial.

The iPad has one huge advantage over the traditional video – gear: Many people carry their iPads with them everywhere. This accessory could be interesting for video bloggers or people who just travel a lot and want something accessible to use on the go.

Of course,  your Apple iPad is not capable of delivering the same video quality you could expect from a modern DSLR, but if you’re just looking for a quick, run and gun video setup for interviews, this could be the right solution for you. Another great feature of this video rig is the huge screen of the iPad that can be used for accurate framing.

What do you think about this iPad rig? Would you consider using it for interviews and other productions yourself?

[via The Slanted Lens]

About

Paul Faecks is a portrait- and fine art photographer, based in Berlin. If you want to check out his latest work, you can do so by following him on Instagram or by liking his Facebook Page

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Bokeh Monk

    Geez, why can’t some hot-shot tech geek INVENT a cable that would let me use an iPad to live view & record my DSLR’s HDMI output ? This is WHAT people really want from their iPads !

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  2. gaz

    Haha. Joke right.
    i’d take a Nikon V1 instead of going back to the 1920s with that size of camera for the quality it produces.

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