The Padcaster is kind of a neat product, if you’re an iPad videographer. It’s an anti-vibration-padded aluminum iPad frame with threaded holes that allow users to add accessories such as a shotgun mic, light, lens or tripod. Soon, however, it’ll be getting a sister device that can be used with any tablet or smartphone.
Spotted at CE Week 2015 in New York City, the as-yet-unnamed prototype has a lighter (and presumably less rugged) resin frame, that can reportedly be adjusted to fit any mobile device. It still has the same 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threaded holes and an adjustable removable lens mount bracket, however, allowing various aftermarket accessories to be added.
A rep tells us that the new product should be available within 30 to 45 days, at a price somewhere below those of the company’s existing products (the Padcaster Mini currently sells for US$99). It will be sold both as a stand-alone product, and in a package that includes a mic and wide-angle lens.