iPhone equipment: Shiftcam’s SnapGrip energy financial institution, mild and tripod increase your picture choices

I have been keen on Shiftcam‘s add-on lenses for cellphones for a while now; particularly the macro lenses. Just lately the corporate moved into a brand new market, launching a DSLR-inspired skilled grip case for iPhones. The teachings discovered from that case have been utilized in a brand new vary of client digital camera cellphone equipment — its SnapGrip system. 

The SnapGrip’s magnetic connector means it may be used at any angle


Attending to grips with SnapGrip 

The obvious member of the Snap household is the SnapGrip. This mixes a battery, a Qi wi-fi charger, and a Bluetooth shutter button in a single gadget that provides a good-quality handhold to your cellphone. 

Getting began is straightforward sufficient. First cost the battery utilizing the USB connector, then press the shutter button to start out Bluetooth pairing together with your cellphone. As soon as paired, merely line the grip up with an iPhone’s MagSafe magnetic ring and also you’re able to go. The SnapGrip will increase your battery whilst you’re taking pictures: it is fairly small in comparison with many cellphone batteries, with solely 3200mAh of energy, and whereas it is not sufficient to fully cost a cellphone, it’s adequate to maintain you going while you discover one thing you actually should {photograph}.

The shutter button on the SnapGrip maps to your cellphone’s shutter operate; on an iPhone that is the quantity management. When you’re not within the digital camera app and press the shutter button it is going to change the quantity, so watch out when you’re listening to music whereas out taking pictures. There’s one other problem with the shutter button that may very well be an issue: it is clearly designed for right-handed use and is difficult to make use of left-handed, with the shutter button on the backside of the grip and awkward to press.

Usefully the SnapGrip additionally acts as a stand on your cellphone, so that you may be utilizing it whereas it fees. It is a bit of unstable on this mode, so watch out you do not knock it over.

Greater than a hand maintain 

The opposite two equipment within the Snap household are a hoop mild and a deal with that converts right into a tripod. All three stack one on prime of the opposite, with the SnapGrip on the backside, subsequent the SnapPod, and at last the SnapLight. You possibly can combine and match the gadgets you employ, selecting what’s finest on your present shoot. 

The SnapLight is an LED ring mild with a central mirror, designed to be the ultimate merchandise in a stack of Snap gadgets. The sunshine is on a stiff hinge, so may be positioned at an acceptable angle to get the most effective mild for a selfie or as a substitute for a flash. Opening it up additionally exposes the charging port, which is a bit of awkward for charging on a desk. It is charged over USB-C and has 4 totally different brightness ranges. Battery life is nice; I have been utilizing it for a number of weeks now and I am nonetheless on my first cost.

Whereas it is not as shiny as a conventional flash, the SnapLight does give a great quantity of sunshine and works effectively as a fill in low-light environments. The mirror helps you middle your face on the gadget, letting you employ your cellphone’s fundamental lens for vlogging moderately than the lower-resolution entrance digital camera.


The SnapPod bridges the hole between tripod and selfie-stick


The SnapPod makes use of the identical magnetic grip so as to add a tripod to your cellphone. Because it fixes utilizing a magnet you possibly can mount it at any angle (a helpful choice while you collapse the SnapPod’s legs and use it as a deal with or a mini selfie stick), which provides fairly a cushty alternate grip. You should utilize it with the SnapGrip to enhance your cellphone’s stability and stability when utilizing it two-handed for video. Usefully the SnapPod’s stalk unscrews, revealing a regular digital camera mounting screw so you should use it as a tripod for any digital camera. Alternatively you possibly can put that adapter on a full dimension tripod, including a MagSafe connector to your present tools, and letting you employ it together with your cellphone. 

Combine and match, with magnets 

I’ve truly discovered myself utilizing the SnapLight with the SnapPod as a standalone mild for miniature and macro pictures. It offers me further lighting choices past my cellphone’s flash when photographing merchandise or utilizing my mirrorless digital camera with macro lenses. That is maybe an sudden advantage of this accent household: parts may be blended and matched so that you solely use the equipment you wish to use, while you wish to use them.

SnapPod and SnapLight

The SnapPod and SnapLight pair as much as provide you with a simple to make use of desktop mild for all types of photograpy


Whereas the Snap equipment are clearly designed to work with iPhones and their MagSafe connector, you should use them with different gadgets because of a bundled magnetic sticker. It is a good suggestion to work out the place the Qi charging coils are in your gadget earlier than becoming the magnet, so that you get the very best cost. You may additionally wish to put the sticker on the again of a case moderately than on the cellphone, to make sure you have a great grip and will not lose your cellphone the primary time you choose it up utilizing the SnapGrip or the SnapPod. 

The varied components of the Snap system are available 5 totally different colors: charcoal, navy, blue, champagne, and coral. They are a good match for many telephones, so you possibly can select the color that matches finest together with your cellphone or case. 

All three equipment can be found as a single equipment for $129.99, the SnapGrip alone is $69.99 and the SnapPod $39.99 with the SnapLight additionally $39.99. A fourth accent, the SnapShoe can also be out there, providing a regular chilly shoe for becoming lights or different digital camera equipment. 

The result’s an curiously helpful mixture of gadgets. You are unlikely to wish to use all three on the identical time, however that is the good thing about this strategy. Merely join the {hardware} you wish to use, and away you go. In spite of everything, it is the pictures we take that basically matter.

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