Making an iPhone (or Andriod) Feel more like a camera?

This is a press release I just got. This looks like it would be lots of fun…

cooltopia Announces Snappgrip, a Snap-On Smartphone Camera Grip providing Full Control with One Hand

Snappgrip empowers iPhone and Galaxy S3 photographers with enhanced grip and easy access to camera functions

See Snappgrip at the CES Digital Experience event – January 7, 2013 MGM Grand Hotel

London  –cooltopia announces Snappgrip, a snap-on camera controller for your smartphone with shutter, zoom and shooting mode controls making it easier to take the perfect picture. Smartphone picture fanatics can now hold their phone in one hand and snap off those spontaneous pictures with ease. The Snappgrip is completely portable, compact and removable so that you can slip it into your pocket or take it out quickly to capture any moment. It also features a tripod mount and a dedicated photography app for comfortable camera handling and phone use. Whether you’re a mom, student, traveler or avid smartphone photographer, the Snappgrip is the accessory you’ve been waiting for and will eliminate that extra camera that you always have in your pocket. Snappgrip is expected to be released worldwide in February 2013 for £69MSRP but can be pre-ordered now for £29-£49 at www.kickstarter.com.

“In studying the idea of app-connected accessories and considering the ubiquity of smartphones and how they relate to everyday life, we came up with the idea for a camera add-on that would completely transform the iPhone photography experience,” says Lee Harris, Creator of Snappgrip. “The end result was the creation of the Snappgrip which allows anyone to take the perfect picture quickly and easily while being completely functional with normal phone use.”

The Snappgrip controller communicates with our Snappgrip camera app over a Bluetooth data connection and works with both iOS and Android. The app includes features such as photo sharing and self-timer operation.

The Snappgrip controller provides easy access to real shooting controls including:

  • Shutter Function: Full press to take picture, half press to focus
  • Shooting Mode: Portrait, landscape, flash and video
  • Zoom Function: Zoom in for close ups or zoom out for wide shots

Additional Snappgrip features include:

  • An iPhone 4, iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3-specific case to which the Snappgrip controller is easily attached or removed
  • A tripod mounting point at the base of the controller
  • A power switch and a micro USB connector for easy recharging with any standard USB/micro-USB cable
  • An internal lithium ion battery that will last up to 60 hours on standby

A range of cases and apps for additional smartphones will be released following the funding of the Kickstarter campaign. Developers interested in supporting the Snappgrip controller can register their interest at

ThinkTankPhoto Slingo-O-Matic 30

ThinkTankPhoto Slingo-O-Matic 30         

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I love ThinkTank products, each bag has had a lot of thought put into it’s use and it’s function. I can see where the Sling-O-Matic line  can be the absolute perfect bag for some. Walking around downtown, or a stroll through a park, this is a perfect bag. Plenty of room to carry what you need, and fairly quick to sling it around. Though, best to loosen the strap and lower your “workspace”. This takes some practice. I can see my self using this bag when I go to down town Vegas, or “The Strip” to shoot the neon lights. However I don’t see this as a functional bag for shooting motorsports. With that said, keep in mind what does work for me, might not work for you, and what works for you may not work for me. I am a utility belt kind of guy, and as much as I love the concept of the Sling Bag, I cant seem to adapt to use it.

While it was great during a convention, working in very crowded conditions was not easy. I also found the bag packed with a Mark III and a 100-400, Flash, 24-70 2.8 and a 17-35, my shoulders and back were a bit sore. Keep in mind that this is pro equipment, and not very light.

Ingenuity is an unspoken trademark of all ThinkTank Products, and the Sling-O-Matic line is no exception. It is very easy to move the strap so you can sling over either shoulder. This will help the people (Like My Self) who tend to feel the pains of being a photographer. The operation of the bag stays the same on either shoulder. It has plenty of dividers so you can customize how it hold your gear. It can also hold a 15 inch laptop, tablet, iPad with a pocket made for just that reason.SlingOMatic-30-3

This bag is perfect for photographers who are not big pro glass users, with a lighter assortment of lenses and bodies. I would not hesitate to take this bag on a hike, on a local shoot, or on a walk when you “just have to have a camera with you” times.I would not use this bag as a shoot all day bag, like at an all day wedding or convention.The Sling-O-Matic 30 has plenty of uses, and for some this will be the absolute bag that you can’t live with out!

The ThinkTankPhoto Product I will review will be the Speed Racer 2.0.SlingOMatic-30-5