Are you bummed that selfie sticks are being banned in, like, everywhere? Or have your friends started making fun of you, every time you extend that telescoping handle to shoot a group pic? A new camera accessory on Kickstarter, the Grip Dat, aims to bring some dignity back to shooting selfies.
The Grip Dat is a handgrip accessory with a cradle/quick-release monopod that holds a smartphone. It provides a sturdier, more comfortable hold when shooting with your smartphone, whether it’s for a selfie (with arm extended), trailing your subject for an action video, or making a broadcast via Periscope. The tilt-adjustable top-portion separates from the handle and can be attached to other mounting options, including those from GoPro; for example, you can quickly remove the camera from the handgrip and attack it to the mount on a helmet.
The grip/monopod is the brainchild of Steve Sawitz, a photographer who started shooting more and more with his smartphone. But he found holding a smartphone to be awkward, especially one-handed. According to Sawitz, the Grip Dat is a “cross-pollination” of a selfie stick and GoPro, taking the best of both. He has been testing prototypes every day, creating them with a 3D printer.
But, without a telescoping pole, how does one shoot wide-view selfies or group portraits? And, how do you press the shutter button if your hand is wrapped around the grip? The solution is a Bluetooth remote shutter that’s built into the grip. Paired with the smartphone (iOS and Android), you can detach the camera from the grip to shoot selfies from a far, or shoot remotely when you want to keep the camera as still as possible. The remote has a battery life of 500 clicks before it needs a recharge.
The handgrip is also compatible with GoPro cameras, when used with the standard housing. Simply remove the top-portion, and slide on the GoPro housing.
The Kickstarter campaign has already surpassed its funding goal. Grip Dat is expected to retail for $40, although you can pre-order one for $25, which quantities are still available. For $35 and up, you’ll get extras like clip-on lenses and mounts. The Grip Dat isn’t a new concept, but it’s a remote control camera accessory that’s relatively affordable. Kickstarter shipments are scheduled for September 2015.