Pictar Pro Brings DSLR-Style Controls To Smartphones
The Pictar Pro is actually a follow-up to the Pictar announced in 2016 and like the previous version, the Picatar Pro features control dials/buttons, a large grip and a shutter button. Plus, there’s a zoom rocker switch to make it easier to zoom in/out, a smart wheel which allows you to switch between 9 shooting modes (press it and you can scroll through different flash options, too) and an exposure compensation wheel to darken/lighten images (this button also doubles-up as a selfie shutter button). You can change the function of the button via the app.
A standard size cold-show connector mean flashes, mics and other accessories can be used with the Pictar Pro which also comes with a viewfinder that attaches via a dedicated slot and sits over the top of your smartphone screen. The viewfinder features a plastic optical lens and Miggo says it blocks out sunlight so glare won’t be an issue. It’s also collapsible for easy storage when not in use.
For times when you find your smartphone low on battery, a 1400mAh battery is built in which can charge smartphones via Qi wireless charging.
Like the Pictar announced a couple of years ago, the new Pictar Pro connects to smartphones with sound. It may seem a bit strange but each control produces a different sound wave of which, the Pictar app recognises and changes corresponding settings as a result. Don’t’ worry; you can’t hear the noises so it won’t be annoying.
To connect smartphones (a wide variety are compatible) to the Pictar Pro, you just slide your phone into the grip, load the Picatar app and away you go. Plus, the smartphone lens remains uncovered so, if you like, you could add optical accessories.
Miggo has launched the Pictar Pro through Kickstarter and it’s proving to be very popular. If you want to own a Pictar Pro, a pledge of $119 or more will secure you one. Shipping is expected to start in March 2019.