Just Mobile solved this ergonomic shortcoming last year with a Bluetooth grip topped with a proper shutter button right where the index finger naturally rests on a camera.
But Just Mobile decided to attack additional mobile photography challenges with ShutterGrip2, which is currently being demoed at CES 2020 in Las Vegas.
ShutterGrip2 is a mobile photography multi tool
ShutterGrip2 can be maneuvered from horizontal to vertical with a new rotating grip and has a built-in telescoping selfie-stick. It is currently near the end of a successful Kickstarter campaign, where a ShutterGrip2 can be had for $35.
Just Mobile believes it can have Grip2 ready to ship to backers by next month.
The iPhone and other smartphones are said to be sending conventional cameras to the grave. Yet for all the research and development that goes into image quality and low-light shooting, the iPhone as a camera is precarious and uncomfortable in hand.
Regular cameras may appear bulky in comparison but they look the way they look for good reason. A camera needs to rest comfortably and securely in the hand. Losing this feel is an unwelcome compromise.
A number of companies have developed products to bring a shutter button back to its rightful place. Mobile lens maker Moment has a battery case with a shutter button. Another brand, miggo, has the Pictar Pro, a DSLR-like grip that includes a viewfinder for sunny daytime shooting.
Just Mobile appears to take a different approach in broadening the feature set of its grip.
ShutterGrip2’s shutter button is removable to serve as a remote trigger. There is a cold shoe for adding a light or microphone. It can also be configured to work as an adjustable stand.