If you’d like to turn your iPad into a mini DSLR rig, you may want to consider grabbing the Padcaster. Designed by Manhattan Edit Workshop founder Josh Apter, the Padcaster is an iPad accessory that turns your tablet into a serious video recorder.
The Padcaster is a polyurethane insert that functions as an iPad case, set inside a rigid aluminum frame that functions nicely as a DSLR cage that features threaded holes that let you mount the contraption onto a tripod or add lights and a microphone.
The upgraded camera in the new third generation has made it possible to take beautiful high definition video, paving the way for new accessories that make this function even more full-featured. An optional bracket that they call the Lenscaster lets you take advantage of DSLR lenses to give your shots some impressive depth of field and rack focus.
While it may seem somewhat unusual to use your iPad to shoot substantial amounts of video, consider that the device is more full-featured than most cameras and may let you take advantage of hardware you already own. By using this accessory you can extend the usefulness of the on-board video tools by making it easier to get steady shots (with the ability to mount your iPad to a tripod) and instantly edit and share the results out to your friends, family and colleagues.
Even if you don’t think you would use the Padcaster to film your next blockbuster, consider how nice it might be to use a tripod for hands-free adjustable display purposes like being able to FaceTime with ease or use for video conferencing.
The Padcaster is currently on backorder but will be available again soon from USD $200.00. If you want to add the Lenscaster adapter you can expect to add another USD $60.00 to the price.