Smartphone cameras have gotten so good in the last few years that we’d almost forgotten the age of the external camera. Almost. Canon is bringing us back to those days with a new addition to its IVY line, named IVY REC. It’s launching on Indiegogo … soon.

IVY REC is the size of a classic USB flash drive, with a carabiner lock on one end they doubles as a viewfinder so you can line up your shots. There’s a 13MP 1/3″ CMOS sensor peering out one side and a dial to control shooting modes on the back. That’s it.

There’s no pesky things like a screen or controls to distract you from pure photography, but you can connect it to your phone if you really need to see what it’s seeing via Bluetooth.

IVY REC calls to mind all the clip-on cameras we’ve seen in years gone by, like HTC’s Re and Sony’s QX lens cameras. It’s not far off, but it’s been a while since it’s been done with up to date camera technology so it’ll be interesting to see what Canon brings to the space.

The camera is going to be crowdfunded, launching soon on Indiegogo. You can sign up to be alerted when it goes live, and get a 30% discount on whatever the device’s final price might be.

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Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!
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Jeni Skunk

I’m surprised Indiegogo are allowing a global commercial corporation to use them for crowdsource funding of a commercial refail connedsumer product.