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iPhone 7 and Helium Core

  • By Brandon Hoe

We’ve received many questions about the compatibility of the current iteration of the Helium Core iPhone rig with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Both models are of great interest to photographers and filmmakers because of the new camera in both models and the inclusion of optical image stabilization in the smaller phone. The short answer is that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will fit inside the Helium Core, but the 37mm lens mount on the current Helium Core is not correctly aligned with the camera(s) on the phones.

That means that if you’re using the Helium Core purely as a means of attaching accessories such as lights, flashes or microphone, or using it to attach your iPhone to other gear such as a tripod, gimbal, slider, jib or suction mount, then you’re all set. If, however, you also want to attach a lens, by mounting a lens directly to the 37mm screw lens mount, or by using a lens adapter or depth of field adapter, then the current Helium Core design will not work for you. 

We’re currently working on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus versions of the Helium Core. The iPhone 7 version will formally be announced soon, since it’s a pretty straightforward redesign. We’re exploring an interesting design on the iPhone 7 Plus version, though, which will take a while to test and implement. I can’t say any more than that we believe it will be at least “interesting” if we manage to pull it off successfully.

Please stay tuned, and in the meantime, here’s a shot of the pairing of a Helium Core in the Kickstarter, limited-edition bronze color, and the iPhone 7 Plus looks like (photo shot with the iPhone 6s Plus).

iPhone 7 Plus in Helium Core iPhone video rig, an alternative to Beastgrip Pro and ALM mCamlite

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