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Pictar One review: Meet New SLR-style Camera Tool for Better iPhone Photos

We all love those new iPhones that take impressive photos of top-class quality. But there is another side of the coin for that design of our smartphones. Modern iPhones and other mobile devices become thinner with every new season. And taking photos, while holding that slim almost entire screen device, sometimes becomes just an uneasy task. And that is why we love those old-school SLR cameras. They are comfortable.

The solution was found by few various developers all around the globe. New smartphone tools for cameras are made to make the entire process of taking pictures more smooth and comfortable. And new Pictar One SLR-style tool is yet another solution to combine high-quality of modern digital photography with that old-school usability of SLR cameras.

First of all, let us note that ergonomic shape Pictar One has. It is a perfect iPhone grip that provides very similar old-school camera feel. The tool is entirely made of plastic and has all those controllers we used to have on old cameras – shutter button, a pair of knobs for exposure adjustment, and zoom ring.

Looking for SLR-style versatility and comfort? Pictar One is one of the best choices on the market these days.
Looking for SLR-style versatility and comfort? Pictar One is one of the best choices on the market these days.

The developer of Pictar One offers two different versions of the product. Simple Pictar One is compatible with smaller smartphones, while for your iPhone 7 Plus you should buy Pictar One Plus version.

It is very easy to use the tool. You just need to expand the spring-loaded base and put your iPhone into the bottom end. Half of your device is left exposed while another one is covered by Pictar One.

It is possible to control Pictar One with just one hand most of the time. There is a special zoom knob on the front which turns on a selfies mode if you press it. The tool is packaged with a nice carrying case. Of course, there are also neck and wrist straps so you could carry your iPhone and grip together while looking for a shot. First users of Pictar write in testimonials that the strap is actually reliable so no worries about your phone falling down somewhere.

But there are also some negative points about Pictar One. First of all, customers and reviewers around the web are not totally confident about the building quality in general. As we said before, the tool is all plastic. The material is very lightweight and feels extremely creaky. Some of you may even feel like it is the cheapest plastic out there on the market. And of course, it is totally broken after if you drop it down. So, we don’t recommend relying on Pictar as an additional defense.

Wrist and neck straps of Pictar One. It is easy to carry the tool and your smartphone in it to be prepared for the best shot.
Wrist and neck straps of Pictar One. It is easy to carry the tool and your smartphone in it to be prepared for the best shot.

Pictar Camera Application

A free iPhone app is the only thing that Pictar One is working with. This tool does not support any third party applications for your camera. And even Apple’s own applications are not compatible with this grip. The tool is powered by a single half-AA and uses a special ultrasonic connection that was patented by Pictar developers.

But, fortunately, the app provided by Pictar is really good. At the same time, there are still some points developers should be working on in future. For example, there is a lack of raw formats, and the app should be manually switched on from the home screen.

There are few modes of shooting that can be switched with a wheel placed on the grip itself. There are nine of them: Sports, ISO Priority, Auto, Movie, Manual, Macro, Filter, Shutter Priority, and of course, Selfie.

To lock the exposure just press the shutter button halfway. And the full press will make a shot. These two points are just like in the standard SLR cameral we all used to. Also, you can switch between various filters in live mode by spinning a virtual wheel on a screen of the app. You can also create custom settings for each wheel and mode.

The application itself is pretty fast and smart, but images appear in the browser a little bit slow. Also, geolocations are sometimes wrong on different shots. And the last negative thing is that Pictar One is unable to add filters to already existing images.

Pictar has its own companion app that offers various features and filters. But the tool does not work with any other app.
Pictar has its own companion app that offers various features and filters. But the tool does not work with any other app.

Conclusion

While there are already few competitors on the market for Pictar One, the tool is ready to fight. The grip is useful and comfortable, although there are some issues with its build quality.