Shine a Light on It with iShuttr

Shine a Light on It with iShuttr

Okay, we all know and recognize that the cameras built into our phones are not the best around. Could we do better with a dedicated point-and-shoot? Sure. How about a full-blown SLR? Yeah, of course, stupid question.

But the reality is that we use the cameras that are included with our phones because they are convenient. We don’t have to carry extra crap with us; they’re just there, a constant, comforting presence. The best camera you have is the one you have with you. There, I said it.

But, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be made better than they are just stock out of the box. Hence, iShuttr, a new start-up that has launched on Kickstarter (you know Kickstarter; it’s where LunaTik launched it’s TikTok and LunaTik bands for the iPod Nano).

The iShuttr is a new iPhone case that both provides extra protection as well as extra camera functionality. The iShuttr adds a shutter button, zoom buttons, tripod mount, grip, extended battery, software, and a Xenon flash. The flash improves on the relatively short depth that the iPhone’s native LED flash reaches so you can better illuminate your subjects. The external battery can be charged through the USB port at the bottom of the case and can be placed in charging or standby modes. What I like about the iShuttr concept are the external buttons, which effectively help turn your iPhone into a point-and-shoot.

As part of the iShuttr Kickstarter project, you can pre-order the case by backing the project for $50, which is a $19.99 discount over the eventual retail price of $69.99. Check out the iShuttr on Kickstarter here.

About the Author

Jeff Frantz
Jeff’s interest in computers and technology began by watching too many Star Trek reruns after school. His first computer was a Timex-Sinclair, for which he had the 16K – yes, 16K – add-on pack. His current interest in gadgets was spurred on by the original Palm Pilot; from there it was a slippery slope to Pocket PCs, Archos media players, Sony Cliés, and various Apple products.