Turn your iPhone into a Digital SLR camera... sortof

We usually write about products you can buy, but the iPhone4 Photography Kit is a concept that's on the drawing board, waiting for your support at Kickstarter.com.  The kit is a slider case in three parts, plus an optional neckstrap.  The left and right parts slide together and are sealed by a locking ring.  The end result looks like a digital SLR with the ring resembling the camera lens.  Actual photos are still taken with the iPhone 4's built-in camera.  White and black are planned with potentially five additional colors if the project takes off.

iPhone4 Photography Kit

iPhone4 Photography Kit

It's a neat concept that you could own for just $30, as long as enough like-minded individuals kick-in at kickstarter.com.  The neckstrap alone is a nice touch, considering the iPhone 4 has no slot for even a wriststrap and neither do most cases.  When combined with an app like Camera+ or SkinCam (my own app... full disclosure), you could have a nice setup for the amateur photographer!  After all, the best camera is the one you have with you, and this concept is a way to make sure that iPhone 4 is always handy.

SkinCam app

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.