Miggo has announced Pictar Pro, an enhanced and upgraded version of its Pictar iPhone camera grip that we reviewed last year. The new Pictar Pro, which has been launched as a project on Kickstarter, builds on the features of the original Pictar by offering even deeper control over the iPhone’s camera capabilities, along with four improved external camera control buttons, a “shark-skin” ergonomic grip, a unique viewfinder for shooting on bright days, and advanced video capabilities. The new Pro version also improved on the aesthetics, providing a classic solid satin-finish brass body for a more substantial feel that will remind users of a Leica camera experience. Pictar Pro also sports an internal battery with Qi wireless charging to provide extra capacity so you’ll never miss a shot.
As with the original model, Miggo’s companion Pictar app is at the heart of the system, which provides pro-level features and advanced control over the iPhone camera, and interfaces with the hardware accessory over inaudible high-frequency audio signalling, rather than a Bluetooth or Lightning connection. Advanced controls include an exposure compensation wheel that provides granular control over the exposure and brightness/darkness of the image, a multi-state shutter release button that allows focus and exposure to be locked in with ah half-press, before pushing all the way down to capture an image, a rocker zoom switch for smooth zoom motion, even while shooing video, as well as quickly switching between front and back cameras, and a smart wheel that provides quick switching between nine typical shooting modes such as full auto, shutter priority, manual, video, and more. A built-in viewfinder allows you to see your iPhone’s screen even on a very bright day, a tripod attachment lets you mount your iPhone for longer-exposure photos and group shots, and a cold shoe connector allows for the attachment of a microphone or lighting accessory.
Pictar Pro is designed to fit all modern iPhone sizes, from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone XS Max, along with a wide range of Android devices. The package will also include the hand strap and neck strap made from para cord and leather, as well as a fabric pouch for keeping the Pictar Pro stored when not in use. Users can back the project on Kickstarter prior to its release with packages ranging from $119 for an early bird package with no accessories to $189 for a deluxe kit. Pictar Pro is estimated to retail for $245 once in launches next spring, which will include the Pictar Pro unit, carrying case, neck strap, wrist strap, viewfinder, charging cable, and Pictar app.