With the holidays in full swing, chances are you’ll be taking endless amounts of photos over the next month or so. Why not make sure you’re more comfortable taking those family photos with the Adonit PhotoGrip, an innovative camera shutter attachment for your smartphone. We received a unit to review, so let’s dive in.
The premise of the PhotoGrip by Adonit is rather simple: Designed for most smartphones (including sizes like the iPhone XS Max and Google Pixel 3XL) the PhotoGrip is a Bluetooth shutter button to allow you to more comfortably take pictures. Too many times in the past have I had to situate my arm a particular way to get a shot, only for it to be shaky, or come out blurred because I could not get a good grip on the touchscreen to physically press the buttons or the side button was too far to reach. Completely not the case with the PhotoGrip.
Transforming your smartphone for use just like a traditional camera, the Adonit PhotoGrip is available in both black and yellow depending on which you choose. in real-world use of the PhotoGrip, it’s a great one-hand method of taking photos that are a great substitute for holding your smartphone with one hand, but there are so many other things to love about the accessory.
As a podcaster, I’ve personally used the innovative self-standing mode on the PhotoGrip to sit my smartphone upright in portrait mode when we go live on Instagram and Facebook for our listeners. Prior to this, I would have to sit my phone on a tripod, have to adjust an angle that fits perfectly; so now that I have the PhotoGrip, all I have to do is place my phone in the slot and it stands on its own weighed dock. So if you find yourself attempting to wedge your phone in between two books to take photos or videos, the PhotoGrip completely eliminates that!
What’s more, the PhotoGrip has a removable Bluetooth Shutter button (although it’s a bit small so make sure to return it to its base when not in use), that makes it easier to snap photos from afar when you have your phone docked to take pictures. This I’ve learned is great for group shots, as my mother in law still likes to use the iPhone’s internal timer but always can be seen flustered running back to the table for our yearly lobster photo. There’s also a pretty nifty mini disc stylus that’s included (although I never use it because I edit my photos online) it’s nice that Adonit chose to add this.
Adonit also was nice enough to include a mini tripod that’s nice for sitting your phone upright or at an angle that can’t be used by the PhotoGrip’s Portrait mode stand, as well as a soft carrying case that you can use to your heart’s content.
Overall I personally love the PhotoGrip and it’s in my gear bag of accessories that I carry with me. With events like CES coming up, this would be a welcome gadget to have when interviewing guests, as well as recording video on the showroom floor. But of course it’s just as good taking random outdoorsy photos, or portraits you would otherwise find yourself failing at taking using just your device. So should you buy it? The answer is yes. And at only $39.99, you should buy two, because when your friends and family see you using it, there’s a high probability they will want one as well.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review unit
What I Like: Included tripod is portable; The PhotoGrip stands on its own; Bluetooth shutter is quick and snappy
What Needs Improvement: A bit bulky for carrying in your back pocket