Admit it. As much as you love your DSLR - Canon, Nikon, what have you - you have left it at home on many occasions based on its bulky size and heavy demeanor. Taking such factors into account, industrial designer Andre Pokhodzey has designed the IO camera, which is able to fit most modern lenses and be completely flexible. So when it comes to cameras, perhaps specs shouldn't overshadow style - and size does matter.


"Io is a multi-format digital camera platform that has been created to support large-format (up to 90 x 120 millimetres or even more) digital sensors. With its flexible changeable bayonet, it supports the majority of contemporary middle- and large-format lenses. Io feels comfortable in your hands, is great to take along for point-and-shoot photography, and its supporting capabilities of tilt-shift techniques (when using an external tripod and flex) are convenient to use."


"The concept of Io is to redesign and give a new face to the typical large-format camera and counteract the stereotype that large-format cameras are always big, heavy, and could even have a wooden body. The goal is the creation of a light and elegant camera with a sensitive touchscreen, without forgoing the large-format sensor. This modern technology would give you the opportunity to get extra high-resolution images, a shallow depth of field, as well as dynamic perspective control (tilt-shift)."


"Among the highlights of Io are its changeable bayonet construction, which allows any kind of lens from any system available on the market. Its AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) shutter is installed in the camera body, so you can use shutterless lenses (from focal plane shutter systems). Besides that, it’s absolutely soundless and lightweight. The sensor cooling system is important for mirrorless cameras. The symmetrical handle grips allow good ergonomics, for right- and left-handed people. The large, sensitive touchscreen allows you good operation and control. You don’t need a laptop to see the details anymore."


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