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It uses high-frequency sounds to adjust your phone's ISO, exposure, and more.
It uses high-frequency sounds to adjust your phone’s ISO, exposure, and more.

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PopSockets are all the rage right now, mainly because of their impressive versatility. They can be used as a media stand or a cord wrap. They help you take better selfies, and can act as a grip to prevent your phone from falling flat on your face. And while all this is great, PopSockets can’t do much when it comes to elevating your photography skills.

You know what can? The Pictar Smartphone Camera Grip.

Yes, it’s called a grip, but it’s not JUST a grip. While it does provide a tactile grasp, it’s also packed with buttons and wheels that offer you better control over your camera’s settings, like exposure, zoom, and ISO. In short: it can convert your phone into a real, working camera.

Watch it in action:

Pictar communicates with your phone via high-frequency sounds emitted by the built-in buttons, making it possible for you to adjust settings on the fly. Along with the accompanying app, you can use the various buttons and wheels to lock focus and exposure, select among a variety shooting modes, control flash settings, change the aperture, and more. Each button emits a different sound, and your phone picks up the audio and reacts based on the pitch. That way, it doesn’t draw battery power away from your device.

You can also attach the Pictar to standard tripods and monopods or other accessories like an external flash and a microphone. So really, buying it is just like buying a whole camera — only it’s much cheaper. Get the Pictar on sale now for $85.99 at the Mashable Shop, or 14% off the usual sticker price.

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