Whereas smartphones haven’t fairly taken over from DSLRs and mirrorless cameras within the skilled world, their reputation as cameras is in little doubt. In an try to make your smartphone really feel extra like an precise digicam, although, ShiftCam has launched the ProGrip, an ergonomic multifunction grip to your smartphone.
It offers you extra of that really feel you get while you maintain a “actual” digicam with an precise grip designed to your hand and a shutter button positioned you’d discover it on nearly any DSLR or mirrorless digicam. It additionally acts as a wi-fi energy financial institution and can allow you to swap between panorama and portrait mode with out having to contort your wrists.
This isn’t the primary gadget of its kind, though it does pack in a lot of helpful options – particularly in case your gadget helps wi-fi charging. I’ve discovered the evolution of most of these gadgets fairly fascinating. Much more so since I began capturing extra small and light-weight mirrorless techniques over the past couple of years.
The grip contains a built-in shutter button that’s appropriate with just about any smartphone because it utilises Bluetooth. Which means it must also work with nearly any digicam app, too, or video apps to begin & cease recording with out having to shift your hand over to the touchscreen. The Qi Wi-fi battery financial institution isn’t big at 5,200mAh, but it surely’s sufficient to offer most smartphones full cost to maintain you going all day.
In contrast to many merchandise of this sort, this one isn’t restricted to the iPhone. After all, it’s appropriate with lots of these, too, but it surely’s additionally appropriate with some other smartphone between 84 and 173mm huge – with or and not using a case. And that you should utilize it with a case means you even have the flexibility to make use of a lot of the big range of third get together smartphone lenses in the marketplace.
It additionally contains a built-in pivot rotation system permitting you to rapidly swap between horizontal and vertical orientation for while you’re finished capturing landscapes and need to seize some movies to your TikTok. A chilly shoe mount and a 1/4-20″ tripod mount additionally allow you to connect equipment like lights or an exterior microphone.
As smartphone grips go, it seems fairly first rate and the value isn’t too horrible, both, if it really works as marketed.
The ShiftCam ProGrip initially launched on Kickstarter the place the marketing campaign ended elevating over $700,000. Now, it’s obtainable to pre-order for $119.99, with transport anticipated to start sooner or later throughout September, in response to the product web page. You’ll find out extra on the ShiftCam website.