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| April 25, 2012
Product Review: iPhone Shutter Remote, Shutter Grip, And Boom Mic
When it comes to iPhone accessories, there are seemingly endless possibilities. Some accessories can enhance your iPhone's features by either working for or with your iPhone. When paired with an app, some accessories let you do things like fly iOS-controlled helicopters, or even control yachts. Last month, we told you about three new accessories from Photojojo (via Belkin) that work with your iPhone to aid in capturing photos and videos: the iPhone Shutter Remote, the iPhone Shutter Grip, and iPhone Boom Mic (which is actually a shotgun mic, $40 each). We had an opportunity to spend some time with these accessories (thanks, Photojojo!) and it's tough to say whether or not they enhance or degrade the experience of capturing photos and videos on your iPhone (more on that later). If you haven't seen these yet, the iPhone Shutter Remote pairs with your iPhone via Bluetooth and can be operated from up to 30 feet away. It features one button to snap a photo, and another to take a video. Part of the remote detaches to be used as an iPhone stand. [caption id="attachment_294845" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="iPhone Shutter Remote"][/caption] The iPhone Shutter Grip connects to your iPhone's 30-pin dock connector and works as a handle for your handset. Like the Shutter Remote, the Shutter Grip features the same two buttons for photo and capture. [caption id="attachment_294846" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="iPhone Shutter Grip"][/caption] The iPhone Boom Mic connects to your iPhone's headphone jack and can be adjusted to fit over most cases. It can be set to directional (multi-layered sounds; concerts) or super-directional (more precise recording). [caption id="attachment_294847" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="iPhone Boom Mic"][/caption] The iPhone Shutter Remote and Shutter Grip can only be used with Belkin's free LiveAction app, while the Boom Mic can be used with any video or voice recording apps. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's see how these accessories performed.