Hero 3 with interchangeable lens mount

My dream has come true: a GoPro with interchangeable mounts.

Thanks to Radiant Images and View Factor Studios, this now exists!

I was talking to the Drone Dudes at Maker Faire and saw this camera amongst all their other awesome gear. It is a sweet little piece of kit.

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The groundbreaking Novo digital cinema camera, available exclusively at Radiant Images, is the ideal solution for cinematographers who are enamored by the capabilities of the GoPro Hero3 but held back by the Hero3’s cinematic limitations.

The Novo, developed and engineered by View Factor Studio in collaboration with Radiant Images, is a completely re-engineered GoPro Hero3 making it a much smaller and more robust cinema camera with the flexibility to allow more creative choices.

Key new enhancements include a C-mount lens system with adjustable back-focus which allows for extreme macro shooting. As well as exposure control capabilities that open up a wide-range of artistic possibilities for cinematographers and camera operators. An internal CPU interfaced to the camera permits users to disable the auto exposure feature and then adjust the aperture manually via the lens. This feature gives a cinematographer the control to set a desired exposure and stops. 

The lightweight aluminum housing itself is 20% thinner than the GoPro Hero3 and includes three 1/4-20 and two 10-32 mounting points. Also, four buttons on the front (REC, PWR, WiFi & AUX) are assignable to several functions depending on the application. The Aux button turns the auto exposure on/off, but in the near future will also be utilized for other functions, such as digital zoom, a tool to check critical focus.

The Novo offers more robust features while retaining all of the key functionality and accessories of the GoPro Hero3, such as the LCD touch screen, power backpack and WiFi connectivity for wireless camera control.

The Novo addresses the needs of cinematographers without compromising the power and versatility of the most advanced GoPro ever. 

Like the GoPro Hero3: Black Edition, the Novo is capable of capturing cinema-quality video at 2x the resolution frame rate of previous models while delivering twice the performance in low light. – 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps and 720p 120 fps video and 12MP photos at a rate of 30 photos per second, plus the ultra-high resolution 2.7KP-30 fps and 4KP-15 fps video modes.

Radiant Images offers rental packages that include the Novo, custom geared C-Mount lenses and all the required accessories.

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Comment by John Tomelevage on May 20, 2013 at 6:08pm

It is nice, but you cannot buy one.

Comment by Joshua Ott on May 20, 2013 at 6:16pm

Correct, rental only. Welcome to the high end film business.

It's only a matter of time before more people bring this type of thing to the market.

Comment by criro1999 on May 20, 2013 at 6:40pm

You still can replace GoPro lens with Sunnex lens, NON fish eye effect, using DSL377A-650-F2.8 or DSL 945D-650-F2.8 lens

Comment by Gary McCray on May 20, 2013 at 6:42pm

Given how many of the GoPros are already in use by the Professional Film Industry, it's kind of hard to think that GoPro isn't thinking in that direction themselves.

The idea of a micro-RED is appealing to a lot of people.

Not having to take a mortgage out on your house to get one is important too.

As a rental only I think this is really cute, but they have a short window of opportunity.

Comment by John Tomelevage on May 20, 2013 at 6:47pm

Correct, rental only. Welcome to the high end film business.

But you can buy a RED camera (if you've got the cash) so the high-end film business isn't really a good excuse.  They claim the Novo is "hard to make" and so they won't be selling them.  I wonder if multirotors or cars or origami are considered "easy to make".

Comment by Joshua Ott on May 20, 2013 at 6:48pm
I agree Gary. I brought this up with one of the GoPro guys a few weeks back and couldn't get a commitment, but that doesn't mean they aren't working on something.
Comment by Joshua Ott on May 20, 2013 at 6:57pm
John that is a fair point, I was speaking with a bit of frustration in making that comment. However, Red is almost old fashion at this point. This Novo form factor is the future for micro aerial cinema. I will just have to be patient for the price to come within reach.
Comment by John Tomelevage on May 20, 2013 at 7:03pm

No worries Joshua, I feel your frustration.  I saw this camera in the news a while back and felt these guys are kind of arrogant even though they have a great camera there.  Maybe Hobby King will have these soon for $399.

Comment by Joshua Ott on May 20, 2013 at 7:16pm
I talked with them today. They are offering serious equipment, and should charge a lot for it. I don't judge their business strategy, I just want to own a camera like this, and it won't be long before that option exists for $5000, then $3000, then $300.
Comment by John Tomelevage on May 20, 2013 at 7:20pm

Thinking about it a little more I am not really a fan of the GoPro design format.  It is still a box and is always a kluge to install in most airframes and not aerodynamic at all.  I think the ReplayXD cylindrical design has a lot more potential, especially in aerial videography.  Now if ReplayXD made a camera with 4K and interchangeable lenses like the Novo...that would be a winner.  Imagine a pure cylindrical camera and the mounting possibilities for aerial photography.  All lenses are cylindrical so why not the camera itself?

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