After attempting to "be discovered," finally decided to do it myself.
They also, VERY quietly, updated the Macbook Pro line with a new GPU option (Pro Vega 16/20), and more exciting to me, they just also announced this:
Seems like they really are listening. Curious to see what this thing can do combined with the MBP I just bought last week (sigh) without the Pro Vega - seems like it'll be a definite upgrade over the standard eGPU.
For sure, that thing's a beast, but it's also 10+ pounds compared to the 4-ish of the MBP. I've got a desktop already - looking for something relatively portable to be able to do what I need while out in the field/on the road. 10 lbs just seems like a punishment.
Would have loved to have gotten through to the end of this article without the Humera ad auto-playing every 30 seconds - is that a normal thing? It was driving me insane - no matter what I did to click it on/off/mute, it played. Mocking me.
(Or was it a harbinger of things to come? Rheumatoid arthritis, here I come?)
Would this actually be useful for video, or is it strictly for timelapse? I see the benefit of the motor for time-lapse, for sure, and at $99, seems like a pretty great little kit - but wondering about the usefulness of video with this - how steady/smooth it actually is.
Contacted the dev on their FB page, and asked about a Windows version (either app or desktop). Their response: "We will do everything will can to ensure no one is excluded from the Flowstate experience. heart emoticon" See? They even love us non-Mac users ("heart emoticon" proves it).
I think I can explain the "Why" behind wanting this - at least for me, anyway. More and more, over the last...say, 3 or 4 years, I've taken the vast majority of my photos with my iPhone, simply because it's always with me. True, for $600, I could go grab a great little DSLR/50 (or 40 pancake) and have better image quality - but I'd still have to lug around an entirely separate piece of equipment, most likely in a bag for protection.
But this, I can throw in my pocket. All the time. It's smaller than a 1" sensor p&s, it looks to provide a HUGE upgrade on the iPhone's (most all other cell phone's) camera, and I don't need to worry about leaving it behind or having some idiot try and yank my bag (it's happened here in L.A.) while I'm out and about.
I'm not saying I AM getting it (most likely not, in fact), but as to why I'd WANT it, I can definitely give you a few reasons :)
And yes, I realize that a Rebel + 40 pancake/50 1.8 are light, but still multiple times larger for this, and not something I can pocket. Same goes for basically all 1" P&S cams, as well, with the G7x and RX100(i-iv) being the exceptions - at more than 50% more the cost, that is.
Just my $.02 (which I'll be saving so I can get something like this in the future ;) )