The Grip&Shoot seeks to solve this issue, making it easier to conveniently capture great images.
The Grip&Shoot is a pistol grip attachment for your smartphone that allows you to shoot still photos and video one-handed. The front trigger switch takes photos or starts/stops video. Two buttons on the back let you zoom in and out with your thumb.
The device is connected to your phone via Bluetooth, making it an effective remote control that allows you to control your smartphone’s camera from a distance.
The package includes two polycarbonate Shooter Cases that fit the iPhone 4s or 5S/5. It also includes a JawZ adapter that’s spring loaded to fit various sized phones and cases. We tested the Grip&Shoot with a Samsung Galaxy S4 attached to the JawZ.
To use the device, you must first download and install the free Grip&Shoot app from iTunes or Google Play (requires iOS 5.0 and up, or Android 4.3 and up).
To use the device, you must first download and install the free Grip&Shoot app from iTunes or Google Play (requires iOS 5.0 and up, or Android 4.3 and up). Turn on your phone’s Bluetooth, start the app, and you’re ready to go with a squeeze of the Smart Grip trigger. Use the grip to shoot photos and video while attached the phone, or separate it to remotely control your phone’s camera.
Although the Grip&Shoot app gives you basic camera control, it lacks the advanced settings or filters found in other camera apps. The system was designed with an open API, and at the time of writing, 3 other compatible apps are available, including Slow Motion Camera, PureShot and 645 PRO Mk III.
The Grip&Shoot serves its purpose as new way to hold or remotely control your phone’s camera, but it feels like it should offer more in order to truly compete with similar smartphone camera accessories in its price range. Hopefully, future versions of the product will offer more features and wider support.