iPhone Shutter Grip Adds Grip And Shutter Release To iPhone

This is the iPhone Shutter Grip. Can you guess what it does? That’s right: It adds a handgrip and a shutter release to your iPhone, letting you snap pictures one handed, and generally take photos without dropping the iPhone.

It even has a built-in tripod mount, and a secret second button.

The iPhone Shutter Grip comes from Photojojo, and will cost you just $40. It is adjustable, so it will clamp onto your iPhone 4 whether it is naked or dressed in a case, and talks to the iPhone via the 30-pin connector.

Aside from the big black button for snapping a photo, there is a smaller red button which can be used to capture video. My Panasonic GF1 has this same setup and its surprisingly useful to be able to shoot a quick clip without changing modes.

To manage its magic, the grip needs to be paired with the Belkin LiveAction app, which is free from the App Store. So you can’t use it directly with Instagram, but then again, I find taking photos from within Instagram itself to be a pain anyway.

If I had an iPhone, I’d be all over this like urine on a mens room toilet seat. As it is, I just have to hope somebody comes up with a way to add a shutter button to the iPad which — despite its great new camera — is still really hard to take pictures with.

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  • TheKnightWhoSaysNi

    Interesting, but rather large.
    I usually carry the iPhone in my pocket so this would have to go somewhere else until needed.
    It might not be practical for me.

    It is probably better for people who usually carry a purse or a murse, er… European Shoulder Bag.

  • Stefangrela

    One word: Pointless.

    A few more words:

    Whose going to carry this thing around with them? The beauty of a phone camera is that it’s the camera you always have with you. But you don’t always carry an attachable handgrip around with you unless your planning on taking photos. And if your planning on taking photos, then you’ll probably carry a dedicated camera with you.

  • Flyphoenix

    I like the idea but I just don’t see myself using it.

  • rpez021

    @Stefangrela: You do realize that “pointless” means that it has no point. Not even one.

    I *might* find this useful on an upcoming trip. When I’m on vacation I tend not to use my phone for anything *but* pictures or video. I think I can still manage to slide most of it into my back or front pocket and then whip it out as necessary, all while still slinging my dslr over my shoulder.

    That said, I prefer Filmic Pro to capture video because of the higher bitrate and uncompressed audio. If I can’t assign the trigger to the app I want, it’s usefulness would be severely limited…. for me. My wife might like it though, as she’s a stock app user all the way.

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