I was fortunate enough to get an iOgrapher Multicase over the weekend, and was thrilled to give it a try. My first impressions of Dave Basulto‘s latest smartphone camera cage is that this is the iOgrapher we’ve been waiting for. Not because the others weren’t as capable, but because the iOgrapher Multicase is so darn versatile. It’s the smartphone cage mobile filmmakers not only want, but need.
The main thing I dearly love about the iOgrapher Multicase is that thanks to it’s one size, fits all adjustable slide in design, mobile filmmakers no longer have to take their phones out of their protective cases to use it. In previous designs, the thinking seemed to that being so form fitting, the cage becomes your protective case. Consequently, with the device inserted, the iOgrapher would become even more sturdy.
A great idea, sure, but I was always worried that by fumbling around with taking my tight fitting phone case off, I would lose my grip on the iPhone and it was a one way ticket to the Apple Store to repair the screen.
That never happened, fortunately, but this new Multicase design gives me peace of mind that I no longer have to worry. I just put my phone into the slide in section, case and all, adjust it to be level, and its spring loaded tensioner keeps the phone snug inside. Brilliant.
The adjustable nature of the Multicase also provides plenty of room to use third party lenses with your smartphone. So if you’ve been using a Moment Filmmaker Kit, or even a “clip on” wide angle or telephoto lens, there’s plenty of room to slip it on without the case getting in the way.
Another, well thought out feature is that the iOgrapher Multicase is wide enough, that there’s a little cubby hole channeled in, so that there is plenty of room for iOS users to plug in their lightning to minijack adapter, and then connect their external microphone to it. I think it would benefit from having some way to secure the connectors to be flush inside the channel, like maybe a Velcro strap, but it is by no means a deal breaker, and certainly something a creative mobile filmmaker could add modify without altering the case at all.
Other features include two cold shoe mounts, for an external microphone and video light, and three 1/4-20 tripod mounts, one in landscape for cinematography, and one in portrait mode for those instagram-esque selfies. The additional 1/4-20 can do double duty to attach a magic arm for a secondary video light source, or even an external monitor/recorder. For example: I took the additional arms off my Joby GorillaPod Mobile Rig and screwed them in place and now I have the option of up to four mounts for anything I need to create a mobile news studio!
- Easy Slide in function for a strong and secure fit
- Attach lighting and microphone accessories for higher quality video
- Mount to any standard tripod in landscape or portrait mode
- Additional ¼ 20” screw mounts on handles to attach accessories
- Standard protective cases for your phone can be used with the Multi Case
Moreover, the real hidden benefit, is that this will likely be the last iOgrapher Case you’ll ever need for a mobile device. Thanks to the new adjustable design, the Multicase can house mobile phones up to 6 1/2″ x 3 3/8″. So there’s plenty of room for an iPhone XS Max, or even a Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
Here’s a quick look at the the iOgrapher Multicase has been tested with:
- iPhone 6/7/8
- iPhone 6P/7P/8P
- iPhone X
- iPhone Xs Max
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S9
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- Samsung Galaxy S7
- Samsung Galaxy S8
- LG V20
- Motorola Z Force Droid
Bottom line, there’s plenty of room here for any mobile filmmaker, no matter what device they use as their daily driver. Dave and Team iOgrapher really knocked it out of the park with this one. The iOgrapher Multicase is a rig that every mobile filmmaker needs to go out and buy. And for only $79.99, it’s a steal. Shipping in November. For more information, visit iOgrapher.com. You can also preorder there as well.
I almost never give this rating … but in this case it’s well earned: