ShiftCam SnapGrip and SnapLight Review: Better iPhoneography on the Go

Pros

  • The SnapGrip and SnapLight are incredibly user-friendly
  • The SnapGrip is compatible with both MagSafe and non-MagSafe phones
  • The SnapGrip provides a secure grip and wireless charging
  • The SnapLight provides additional lighting when needed

Cons

  • The SnapGrip’s lack of a cold shoe limits accessory options
  • Some may not like the available color options

A few years ago, I backed a Kickstarter project for a photography grip designed for the iPhone. This nifty gadget transformed the iPhone into a DSLR-like camera, making it easier to capture high-quality photos. Fast forward to today, and the iPhone’s MagSafe technology has revolutionized how accessories connect to our devices. Enter the ShiftCam SnapGrip and SnapLight, two products that leverage MagSafe to enhance your mobile photography experience.

The ShiftCam SnapGrip is a MagSafe-compatible grip that turns your iPhone into a more ergonomic camera. It’s designed for simplicity but packs a punch in terms of functionality. The SnapLight, on the other hand, provides lighting for video calls, selfies, and more. These two accessories make your iPhone a versatile tool for photography and videography.

I covered a pre-production SnapGrip, and I’m impressed by how extensive their offerings have become in less than a year. While the prototypes worked well, the company sent me versions of the final products, which are a bit more refined.

ShiftCam SnapGrip

ShiftCam SnapGrip in five colors

The ShiftCam SnapGrip comes in five colors, and while my pre-production version was pink (not my favorite color), the functionality won me over. The grip connects to the phone via MagSafe magnets, offering a secure yet easily removable connection.

I’ve used it extensively and never had it accidentally detach from my phone.

Accessories included with the ShiftCam SnapGrip

Better yet, the SnapGrip isn’t just for MagSafe-enabled iPhones. It includes a metal adhesive ring that can be attached to the back of any phone, mimicking MagSafe functionality. This makes it versatile and accessible for a broader range of users.

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ShiftCam SnapGrip Features:

  • USB-C Charging Port: Located at the bottom, this port allows easy charging.
  • LED Indicators: Six small LEDs on the side show the remaining charge.
  • Shutter Button: A top-mounted button pairs with your phone for easy photo capture.
  • Simplicity: The SnapGrip focuses on essential features, making it quick and easy to use.

The internal, rechargeable 3200 mAh battery keeps the SnapGrip going and going. In addition, it doubles as a wireless charger for your iPhone, a lifesaver when shooting battery-draining videos.

The ShiftCam SnapGrip can also be rotated 180 degrees for photos or video taken in portrait mode.

ShiftCam SnapGrip held in portrait mode on an iPhone

Thanks to the design of the thick part of the grip, it can also serve as a stand for hands-free FaceTime calls.

The ShiftCam SnapGrip being used as a stand during a video call

Using the SnapGrip makes iPhoneography easier than ever. It provides more control than tapping the screen to take a photo or video, making one-handed photography a breeze. It’s so handy for capturing high-quality pictures and videos on the go.

While some may wish for more advanced features and controls directly from the SnapGrip, I appreciate its simplicity.

ShiftCam SnapGrip and SnapLight Review: Better iPhoneography on the Go

 

ShiftCam SnapLight

The ShiftCam SnapLight is designed to illuminate video calls, selfies, and more. It attaches magnetically to the front of the SnapGrip, providing additional lighting when needed. The SnapLight will come in handy for content creators who often shoot in tricky lighting conditions.

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The light also connects directly to the iPhone’s MagSafe connector when you aren’t using the SnapGrip. It’s a convenient way to get the extra illumination you need to take the best pictures, shoot the best video, or look your best the next time you’re on a video call.

The ShiftCam SnapLight extending to the left of an iPhone being held in portrait mode by the ShiftCam SnapGrip

Whether you use the ShiftCam SnapGrip and SnapLight together or independently, they greatly enhance pictures, videos, and calls.

I appreciate the selection of colors that ShiftCam offers, and I’m impressed by what the company has done with the final product. I also appreciate that ShiftCam has already built an extensive catalog of products. There’s a more advanced version of the SnapGrip, a SnapPod tripod, and a range of lenses available, to name a few.

We’ll have a review of two lenses once my ShiftCam iPhone 15 Pro case arrives so I can connect them to the phone.

If you frequently use your phone for photography and videography, the ShiftCam SnapGrip and SnapLight are must-have accessories. They offer a perfect blend of functionality and simplicity, enhancing your mobile photography experience.

Despite minor drawbacks, such as the lack of a built-in cold shoe attachment, these products are game-changers for anyone looking to up their iPhoneography game.

The ShiftCam Snapgrip retails for $69.99; it is available directly from the manufacturer. The ShiftCam SnapLight retails for $39.99; it is also available directly from the manufacturer.

Source: Manufacturer supplied review samples

What I Like: The SnapGrip and SnapLight are incredibly user-friendly; The SnapGrip is compatible with both MagSafe and non-MagSafe phones; The SnapGrip provides a secure grip and wireless charging; The SnapLight provides additional lighting when needed

What Needs Improvement: The SnapGrip’s lack of a cold shoe limits accessory options; Some may not like the available color options

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.

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