Since the dawn of Instagram, iPhone photographers have been growing and growing. All of a sudden, having ‘iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 5c’ in your bio was the ‘thing’. It was no longer looked down upon if you didn’t own a DSLR, but still enjoyed photography.
The rise of social media has allowed people to explore creative avenues that otherwise may not have been accessible; Tumblr and Instagram offer a platform where you can showcase your work & ideas to other like-minded individuals. It promotes discovering new profiles and matches up your ‘likes’ to similar accounts. It’s this continuous linking and exploring that has seen a rise in photographers, illustrators & artists alike. Whilst social media can take a bashing for possibly affecting society in a negative way, its progressive success to provide users with a platform to showcase their creativity to thousands and thousands of people cannot be denied.
So, the increase in mobile phone photographers is definitely on the rise – it’s inevitable. As the smart phone advances, it takes the camera along with it. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with taking impressive photos on your iPhone; Instagram’s filters are just an added bonus. However, recently, a camera grip has appeared, and it’s something that is likely to change the course of mobile phone photography as we know it.
This revolutionary piece of technology slides onto your phone, turning it into a professional camera.
Introducing Pictar, the world’s first iPhone accessory to transform the device in your hand from mobile to DSLR. This revolutionary piece of technology slides onto your phone, turning it into a professional camera. It claims to enhance your iPhone camera to its full potential through five external buttons that move and adjust like a real DSLR.
The Pictar technology consists of a highly sensitive shutter button, allowing you to use half-press to lock focus and exposure, similar to that of a DSLR. There’s also a zoom toggle, which can be used on either the front or back facing camera. Alongside this, the device allows you to press your iPhone’s screen to have control over and measure lighting effectively, or you can play around with the exposure wheel to monitor light. It also features a mount where an external flash can be attached, to help in those low light settings.
The Pictar device sets itself apart from other competitors, as it uses ultrasonic sound waves (instead of bluetooth) to connect with your phone. This means that you must download the Pictar app for it to work. The pros of this include low battery consumption, however there is currently no app developed for Android (although Pictar have promised this soon).
Since the device has massively bypassed its target donation on Kickstarter, the product is ready to be shipped out to its contributors very soon. By donating a minimum of $90 you receive the Pictar basic package. We’re hoping that it’ll be on the market for the rest of us in the near future, although we are not clear on a retail price range as of yet. It’ll be incredibly interesting to put this device to the test and really see if it could be the next big thing to replace professional cameras.
Obviously you wouldn’t want to turn up as a photographer for a wedding with one of these things, but it could be the sign that something bigger is yet to come. This technology could easily be the start of a new age of photography – with phones and laptops growing increasingly smaller, lighter and thinner – who’s to say the same thing won’t happen to our DSLRs? After all, we are creatures of convenience… and what’s more convenient than a professional camera attached to your phone?