There’s no denying that the iPhone is one of the world’s go-to cameras. There’s also no denying that iPhone photography leaves a lot to be desired, especially when it comes to ergonomics. Into this breach steps Miggo’s Pictar, an iPhone case designed to deliver DSLR-like ergonomics and tactile control over your iPhone’s camera. The case has five physical controls to access key camera settings and is designed to work with Miggo’s free camera app. You’ll enjoy a multi-state shutter button that locks focus and exposure with half a press and a zoom ring that activates the iPhone’s digital zoom. Push the zoom ring, and you’ll be able to switch between rear- and front-facing cameras for that all-important selfie. There’s also an exposure compensation wheel and a “smart” wheel that toggles through shooting modes such as sports, landscape and portrait. The zoom ring, selfie button, exposure compensation wheel and smart wheel can all be reprogrammed to access different camera functions such as manual mode, shutter speed, ISO, flash modes and white balance settings if you’re not happy with the default options. Pictar communicates with your phone by sending audio pulses into the mic that are then translated into camera actions (these pulses are inaudible to human ears). The case itself draws power from a AA battery and Miggo claims you’ll get about 6-8 months’ worth of use before needing a new battery. There’s a 1/4-20 tripod thread on the bottom of the case and a cold shoe up top so you can mount smartphone-friendly LEDs and mics to further kit out your iPhone. It’s compatible with iPhone models 4-6s—if you own a Plus-sized iPhone, there’s a separate “Pictar Plus” case in the works.
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