Idolcam is the weirdest looking camera this year (but it's pretty unique too)

Idolcam vlogging camera
(Image credit: Idolcam)

We have seen a lot of action cameras 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. 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.

Other accessories in development for the Idolcam include a macro lens. Two lenses and two light attachments are available now (Image credit: Idolcam)

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 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.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.