We have seen a lot of action cameras (opens in new tab) and a lot of gimbal stabilizers – and we are now even seeing a new breed of product that combine the two. The Idolcam fits into this new category - but it looks very different to the innovative DJI Osmo Pocket (opens in new tab). And in truth looks different to any other camera we have seen.
The Idolcam was launched on Kickstarter back in 2018, but has just started shipping so you can now buy this unusual device for yourself. The peculiar design of the Idolcam however has been built with an appealing purpose. This is a camera designed for the needs of a vlogger... something that is as home shooting on a table indoors, as used on the road traveling.
The really exciting feature is the interchangeable lens system - which allows you to switch as speed between wideangle and fisheye views thanks to an innovative magnetic mount. The lenses use the M12 form factor used in CCTV security and industrial applications.
The supplied wide lens offers a focal length equivalent to a traditional 24mm, with a field of view of 90 degrees. The fisheye, which also comes as part of the kit, ooffers a 180° view with a focal length equivalent to 10mm.
The modular approach also extends to lighting - with a ringlight that also fits around the lens using a magnetic attachment, and a cute looking spotlight that resembles a rabbit's face.
At the heart of the device there is a three-axis motorized gimbal to keep footage steady even when moving with the camera. And there is a built-in rotating LCD screen to monitor what you are shooting. The all-up weight of the Idolcam is 275g.
The 1/2.3in Sony sensor can shoot 4K video at 30fps, with higher frame options of 60fps at 1440p, 120fps at 1080p, and 240fps at 720p. The stills resolution is a useful 12 megapixels.
The Idolcam is now on sale from B&H Photo for $475 (opens in new tab) in a kit that includes ringlight, wide-angle lens, and the ultra-wide fisheye lens. An alternative kit includes a six-section extendable selfie stick and retails for $499 (opens in new tab).
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