CES 2023: Creators can record professional video from the camera directly to iPhone or iPad with this new device

This year’s CES was jam-packed with futuristic electric vehicles, experimental robotics and immersive virtual reality devices. But what about technology for today’s humble content creators? You know, the people on the internet who make everything that users look at, listen to and consume around?

Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of companies out there making products for filmmakers, YouTubers, and podcasters. Leaders in the space such as Canon and Nikon were all present and showing off the latest camera models. Popular names in the audio and live streaming space such as Audio-Technica and HyperX also had some new gear to show off. And there were many smaller companies that also presented the microphone, camera and lighting accessories.

SeeMo by Accsoon

Accsoon shows how the video camera image looks on the iPad Mini thanks to SeeMo.
Credit: Matt Binder/Mashable

There were a number of upgrades or new models of countless products. But I was looking for something new for creators. And I found it in SeeMo, an HDMI adapter from China-based video company Accsoon.

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So, what does SeeMo do? Using this device, creators can mount an iPad or iPhone on top of the camera and use the Apple device as a monitor when shooting video. If you regularly use an SLR or mirrorless camera, you know exactly how small and missing those tiny pull-out LCD screens are. This is where SeeMo comes in. If you already have an iPad or iPhone, why not save money on buying a new screen? Simply connect your iPad or iPhone to SeeMo, mount it on the camera and connect the camera to SeeMo via HDMI.

SeeMo by Accsoon

Mashable’s Matt Binder tests out SeeMo.
Credit: Mikayla Whitmore

At CES, I got to interact with a short demo of SeeMo, and I have to say it was amazing to see high-quality video images from a high-end DSLR camera coming through the mounted iPad Mini in real time. I can’t imagine shooting video with a flip-out LCD screen. In fact, I felt that SeeMo gave the iPad Mini a new purpose. I’ve always felt that the smaller iPad was stuck between those who wanted a large touchscreen tablet and then those who were just going to get a large iPhone. But after seeing all these Apple devices with SeeMo, the iPad Mini was the perfect size—not too big, not too small—for a mounted camera screen.

The remote display feature is really cool, but on my own I can see how some people might not have been sold. After all, creators can buy small external monitors that mount to your camera. Turning the iPad into something like that seemed more like a convenience to some than a must-have, mostly.

However, the Accsoon team pulled out the other major feature during the demo. SeeMo users didn’t even need to record to the camera’s SD card. The video from their camera can also be recorded directly to their Apple device.

SeeMo by Accsoon

Using Airdrop to share video footage with your DSLR camera honestly felt revolutionary.
Credit: Mikayla Whitmore

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To demonstrate the usefulness of such a feature, the Accsoon team shot some video with a DSLR camera straight to the Apple device. Then, within seconds, Accsoon sent the video to my iPhone. It wasn’t hard to immediately see how this could change the filming workflow. Imagine being able to show clients what you just shot seconds after taking it. Or how quickly you can get the footage on social media of an event you are filming.

If the SeeMo feature that turns your iPad into an external display feels like upgrading your camera’s LCD screen, this feels like turning your iPhone into a professional-grade video camera. The camera’s storage space has just been maxed out with whatever size storage space your Apple device has as well. And for the cherry on top, you can even live stream your camera video using your iPad or iPhone with SeeMo straight to YouTube, Twitch and other platforms.

Unlike much of the futuristic technology shown off at CES, SeeMo by Accsoon is available now for $179.

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