Review & Giveaway- Grip & Shoot Bluetooth iPhone Controller -a Useful Accessory for iPhonographers
Do you love taking photos and videos with your iPhone but find your shots often have motion from hand shake? The Grip & Shoot was designed to help. The Grip & Shoot connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth and allows you to use buttons on the handle to zoom in and out and take your shot. As well as using the handle to hold your camera, you can also remove the small “foot” from the handle and use this as a stand then use the handle as a remote control to take pictures from up to 100ft away. The “foot” also has a standard tripod screw thread allowing you to attach it to a tripod if you wish.
The Grip & Shoot comes as a package including: an iPhone 5/5S case, an iPhone 4/4S case, a Bluetooth smart grip, a leather carrying case, a free iPhone app and a wrist lanyard.
To use the system you first download the free Grip & Shoot app, then pair your phone and SmartGrip via Bluetooth. The iPhone slips into the included case- which is just a hard plastic shell but with a connector which slides onto the SmartGrip. The case slides on to the end of the Smart Grip handle and locks in place. The Grip & Shoot app is a fairly simple camera app- it allows you to switch between camera and video function, use front or rear camera, switch the flash on or oallows you to use the buttons on the Smart Grip to zoom in and out and take pictures.
I’ve been testing out the Grip & Shoot with pictures in a variety of locations. I recently used it on a trip to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco where I was taking a lot of pictures, including many close -ups of animals such as butterflies, frogs and Jellyfish. I found it definitely made it easier to hold the iPhone for taking close-up pictures, and I had a lot less handshake than I would have had taking a lot of closeup pictures holding my phone conventionally. Here are some of the pictures I took at the academy and in my garden:
I found the grip very comfortable in my hand and easy to use – being able to zoom in and put and take the shot without touching the camera also helps reduce movementThe carrying case was very handy too -it attached to my belt allowing me to carry both the iPhone in its case and the handle with me, and I could access them easily when I wanted to take pictures. The ergonomic grip is definitely a much more comfortable way for holding the camera for extended periods when taking videos too.
The ability to remove the handle and still use it as a remote control is great for taking pictures where you are in the shot, for long exposure pictures such as at night, and situations where you want to be away from the action such as candid animal shots.
My one wish is that the Grip & Shoot would work with my favorite iPhone camera app – Camera+. The Grip & Shoot developers have an open API so App Developers may utilize all the features of the Bluetooth Smart Grip, so I’m hopeful there will be more apps compatible with it in future. The company is hoping that developers will also connect it to other types of apps such as video games.
Overall, a handy device for the iPhonographer. The Grip & Shoot is a complete system with app, carrying case, lanyard, and grip adapter as well as the Bluetooth smart grip. It is useful for decreasing motion blur and hand fatigue when taking pictures and videos, as well as working as a remote control so you can be in your own pictures.
Available from GripandShoot.com RRP $99.95
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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.