Moviemountpix-224x147This seems like a terrible idea. The iPad makes for the least ergonomic camcorder form factor: a big, flat slate. This hasn't stopped an iPad accessorizer by the name of Mayakama from creating a case for the iPad 2 that allows for an on-camera (on-iPad, really) light, shotgun microphone, lens attachments, and a proper tripod mount. Priced at $70, this seemingly Bad Idea actually makes a bit of sense when you watch the launch video:

If you're going to be doing your editing (with the iOS version of iMovie) and sharing (posting to YouTube, etc.) exclusively on your iPad -- meaning, your files aren't going to touch a traditional computer -- I can see how this could streamline web video production. What do you think, is this idiocy or something you might actually find useful?

Link: Makayama Movie Mount

Press Release

Movie Mount improves iPad2 video camera

Makayama today introduces the 'Movie Mount for iPad2', a unique piece of hardware which radically improves video capture with the iPad2. It turns the iPad2 into a complete studio. Use tele- and wide angle lenses, attach microphones and lights. Use a tripod for professional pan- and tilt movements, and much more. Comes with a free app.

With the Movie Mount, iPad2 users get 10 new features for the device:

Attached a tripod for stable shots, pan & tilt camera movements. Standard screwfitting.
Use 37 mm conversion lenses, such as wide angle and zoom*.
Slide on-the-fly between the built-in lens and the conversion lens.
Use shotgun microphones for better sound (requires splitter cable).
Use an optical viewfinder to shoot in bright sunlight.
Use a video light for better performance in low light.
Easier iMovie editing, with a 9 degrees working angle.
The mount allows your iPad to stand upright and be used as monitor.
The free Movie Mount iPad app allows you to manually control video recording
Fully compatible with Smart Cover.

Movie Mount is exclusively produced by Makayama and sold directly through our website. Lenses, tripod, microphone, lights etc. are not included with the purchase. Complimentary iPad app is free.

Production has started and pre-orders are taken as of today. First deliveries will begin October 2011. Pricing: $ 69.95 / EUR 49.95 EUR, including taxes and shipping worldwide.

[via Engadget]