Locally made ‘Snapzoom’ turns smartphone into telephoto lens

Snapzoom
Snapzoom

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Taking pictures with a smartphone that allows you to zoom in and enlarge distant objects just got easier.

A stay-at-home father of 4-year-old twins and a local chef have partnered to create a universal smartphone camera adapter called the Snapzoom.

“Just started tinkering in the garage and then Snapzoom,” Snapzoom co-creator Daniel Fujikake said. “It’s a mount that attaches any smartphone, to any pair of binoculars or optical device.”

Locally created, the Honolulu residents were inspired by the popularity of using smartphones to take pictures and video.

“We just thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could get a far off shot the initial thing was we wanted to use it to get videos of ourselves surfing?'” Fujikake said.

So they came up with a mount that aligns camera phone and the scope. The scope becomes an accessory lens and the phone is an enhanced viewfinder while snapping images or video.

“Our product is special because its universal for any smartphone out there and any type of scopes, spotting scope, microscope, binoculars and telescopes,” Snapzoom co-creator Mac Nguyen said.

A month ago, the pair kicked off a kickstarter campaign to raise money to launch their business. Five days later their goal was reached.

“So we are going to be producing it and then putting it out on the market,” Fujikake said.

For the next few days the Snapzoom kickstarter, which is nearly sold out, costs $70 for the mount or $90 for a mount and a pair of binoculars.

“We’d love to walk down this way and see people using at sporting events using it at schools all different types of applications,” Fujikake said.

For more information on the Snapzoom, visit this website.

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