Advanced shooters welcome a DSLR’s physical controls which put frequently used settings right at their fingertips - something Pictar was designed specifically to replicate. By bringing these physical controls to the iPhone, Pictar offers unprecedented control and gives users the ability to take their iPhone photography to a completely new level and transform the way they use it to take photos and video.
“As the adage goes, the best camera you have is the one you have with you,” said Guy Sprukt, co-founder of miggo. “It’s no secret that one of the most popular smartphones in the world is also one of the most widely used digital cameras. The image quality of the phone can rival that of some of the best digital cameras on the market. With Pictar, we’re looking to give users – whether they be professionals or social shutterbugs -- the ability to DSLR their iPhone and completely unleash its full potential.”
● Five user programmable wheels/buttons for unmatched control.
● Ergonomic grip for one handed use.
● Powerful, dedicated App.
● Detachable wrist and shoulder straps.
● Tripod attachment (standard ¼”)
● Revolutionary High-frequency Dual-Tone OS.
● Compatibility with iPhone models 4 to 6S
External Controls and Features:
● Multi-state shutter button - electronically calibrated to provide maximum sensitivity, just like that of a traditional DSLR. Pictar’s shutter button offers a "half press" mode to lock focus and exposure for easy tracking of a moving object or to create a desired composition, as well as full-press for immediate shutter release.
● Zoom ring - located right under the index finger, the rotating zoom ring alleviates the need to touch the screen to pinch-and-zoom, making it easy for the user to zoom in and out with just one hand. The zoom ring can also be programmed and changed by user to suit specific needs.
● Selfie button - clicking the zoom ring will switch between the iPhone's front and back camera for easy "selfie" shots. Like the rotation of the zoom ring, the button can also be programmed and changed by user to suit specific needs and control other settings.
● Exposure compensation wheel – located on the rear of Pictar, the exposure compensation wheel helps the user determine the exact level of exposure. Based on the user’s preference, the exposure compensation wheel - like Pictar’s selfie button and zoom ring - can also be programmed and changed from its default setting to control other features
● Smart wheel – customizable, the smart wheel allows users – beginners and advanced - to control a variety of functions. In default mode it changes the camera's preset modes: sports, landscape, portrait and for the more advanced users, full manual, aperture priority and more. Advanced photographers can choose to program the smart wheel to control other functions, such as manual mode, shutter speed, iso, flash modes and white balance settings.
● Tripod mount – for those photographers looking for added stability, for landscapes or for video recording, Pictar offers a ¼” standard tripod mount located on the bottom of the device.
● Cold shoe - located on top of Pictar, the integrated cold shoe will allow users to mount a variety of LED lighting accessories or mics for added creativity and control.
● A powerful, dedicated app featuring patented high-frequency dual tone sound control: Pictar is designed to communicate with the iPhone via a dedicated camera app which unlocks key features inaccessible on the native app to iPhone users. Each of the physical controls found on Pictar drive a specific function or setting and does so using high-frequency dual tone sounds. Each physical control is assigned a specific tone, and with each turn of a dial, press of a button or turn of a wheel, Pictar omits a sound that – when detected by the app – generates a corresponding action. The high-frequency dual tone (18,500 – 20,000 khz) is inaudible to the human ear and significantly increases battery life when compared to Bluetooth connectivity. Using a standard CR ½ AA battery which is easily found worldwide, miggo estimates 6-8 months of use before the need to replace the power source is required.
A Kickstarter campaign for Pictar is now live with an introductory price of $90 USD. Full retail availability is slated for December 2016.