GRIP&SHOOT Is a Pistol-Style Smartphone Grip for Travel Photographers Mike Richard February 9, 2017 Gear, Modern Vagabond, Photography, Review Modern smartphones are not designed to be used as cameras. They’re thin, difficult to easily hold/balance in landscape mode, and are typically larger than most compact point-and-shoot cameras. Can we really blame them though? They are smartphones, after all. Anyway, if you find yourself using your smartphone more as a camera than a talking device, you’ve no doubt posited the question: “There has to be a better way to do this!” There is. The GRIP&SHOOT is a simple, purpose-built device designed specifically for the task. The company was kind enough to send us a sample to check out, so have a look … GRIP&SHOOT Smartphone Camera Grip The Skinny First off, what is GRIP&SHOOT? In the company’s own words: We’ve all taken pictures and video with our phones; it’s a shaky and awkward process. GRIP&SHOOT™ solves this problem by attaching a handle to your phone for comfort and support and then provides full one-handed control of the camera’s operation. Squeeze the trigger to capture a photo or Start/Stop a video. Use the +/- buttons to Zoom, Control Exposure, Switch Cameras, or anything you’d like! They’re completely customizable. The Traveler’s Take Straight out of the box, I was surprised at how compact and flat the device is — it collapses slightly in a way that allows it to fit in a medium-sized pocket. The expandable, springloaded “JawZ” mount atop the device is large enough to accommodate any phone up to an iPhone 7+ with a case. Once secured in the mount, the phone sits in landscape mode, while your thumb hovers above the zoom in/zoom out buttons and your index finger rests around the trigger (shutter release). It’s an entirely organic form factor that feels quite comfortable — far more so than precariously balancing your smartphone in landscape mode between your thumb and forefinger. Expandable JawZ Mount on the GRIP&SHOOT Like most of our favorite travel gadgets, GRIP&SHOOT is dead simple to use. Setup requires the installation of a free mobile app, then pairing the device to your smartphone via Bluetooth. In our experience, the entire process took less than two minutes. While using the GRIP&SHOOT, the app replaces your smartphone’s native camera app. While this may turn off some users, we found the design simple, streamlined, and functional — in our case, it’s not all that different from the built-in iPhone camera app. There’s an additional piece of functionality built into the GRIP&SHOOT’s design. A small “nub” on the bottom of the grip can be disengaged and attached to the expandable mount directly. The newly combined piece creates a near-universal mount that can be secured to almost any tripod. Like so: Tripod Mount for GRIP&SHOOT Smartphone Camera Grip As we’re gearing up for a summer-long road trip this year, this is exactly the sort of smart travel/photography tech we’re looking for! Pricing + Availability Available now in Black or White for around $100 (USD) directly from GripAndShoot.com. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Let\'s Make Sure You\'re Human ... *Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA. five − one = Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.