Unleashed ’22 claims to be the Swiss army knife of camera accessories: a small camera module that allows remote triggering of photos and videos, offers control of long exposures and time-lapses, geotagging, and more, all controlled by an app.
Currently seeking backong on Kickstarter by Berlin-based hardware company Foolography, Unleashed ’22 is the successor to the company’s previous product, the Unleashed ’18 which was successfully backed in 2016.
The original idea for Unleashed arose back in 2006 when Foolography’s founder Oliver Perialis was searching for a solution to easily geotag his travel photos but couldn’t find a viable product on the market. After building prototypes of a Bluetooth module for geotagging for himself and his friends, the product attracted interest online and at Photokina 2008, moving him to mass-produce his device and found Foolography.
Now compatible with more than 144 cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, and Panasonic, Unleashed ’22 comes packed in a tiny body that directly plugs into the camera and connects to the user’s phone via Bluetooth. By using the Unleashed mobile app, users can then gain full control over the camera.
Foolography has designed the module to stay on the camera at all times, thanks to its flat profile and the fact it doesn’t need to be charged and instead is powered by the camera’s battery. Because most of the work is done within the device itself, not the app, Unleashed will continue to control the camera to finish the shot even if the app is closed, if the user walks out of range, or the phone battery dies.
The app allows users to remotely trigger photos and video recording, manually change the camera settings without touching the camera, control direct in-camera geotagging, shoot long exposures — timed up to 4.5 hours — and capture timelapses.
Unleashed also has a setting that will adjust the shutter speed by the right number of stops when adding or removing ND filters. For time-lapse shooters, the app allows flexible intervals which helps achieve short intervals during the day and longer second exposures for starry nights.
Aside from camera control, the app can also be used to review photos in a high-resolution gallery and share the images straight from the app. When the high-resolution previews are downloaded, Unleashed adds the EXIF data of the original image, which also helps filter photos on a map in the “Places” album on the app.
Because the new Unleashed model is compatible with 144 models, an improvement from the predecessor, the company will have 7 different models and cables to offer, which are all designed to suit each camera.
Unleashed ’22 is estimated to ship on December 2022 and can be backed on Kickstarter starting from $150 on the campaign page.
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