Second’s digital camera case provides your iPhone a two-stage shutter key
If there’s one factor (and there’s) I miss about carrying round my Lumia 1020, it is that telephone’s devoted, two-stage digital camera button. Designed to imitate “actual” digital camera shutter releases, it is a function I’ve missed dearly on my present day by day driver, Apple’s iPhone 6. Seattle-based mostly Second appears to assume I am not alone in wanting a extra digital camera-like expertise when snapping pics with my telephone. Beginning at this time, the small firm is taking to Kickstarter to launch the Second Case — a digital camera case it hopes will deliver DSLR-like management to iPhone shutterbugs.
To realize that objective, Second’s case provides a raised digital camera grip and, maybe most notably, a two-stage shutter launch key. There is no mechanical connection between the case and the iPhone; as an alternative, the Second Case makes use of Bluetooth Low Power to bridge the hole. As with a DSLR shutter launch, you possibly can lock focus and publicity with a half-press earlier than urgent absolutely right down to take a shot. “We consider that is the way forward for images; it is in your pocket,” Second’s Marc Barros advised me within the firm’s Seattle workplaces. “We’re trying to deliver the options of a DSLR to your telephone.”
The grip builds on the success of Second’s lenses, a pair of removable, excessive-high quality optics the corporate launched by way of Kickstarter final yr. Whereas these lenses are suitable with quite a lot of iOS and Android smartphones and tablets via mounting plates, the Second Case is customized-made for the iPhone 6.
Costs begin at $forty nine for both an all-black or black-and-white mannequin, just like the prototype I checked out. Greater-priced packages embrace the corporate’s lenses — $one hundred twenty five for certainly one of Second’s two presently obtainable optics (a large-angle or a tele); $199 for each. The $299 prime-tier providing features a laser-engraved walnut grip.
I had the chance to deal with considered one of Second’s prototype instances and got here away pretty impressed by the shape issue and the substantial journey of the signature two-stage key. In truth, a half-press on the Second Case prototype takes extra effort than some full presses on different units — there must be no mistaking if you’ve received it midway down. Responsiveness appeared strong for probably the most half, and the Bluetooth Low Power connection solely suffered a number of momentary hiccups throughout my temporary time with the case (doubtless because of the case’s prototype standing). The grip provides your proper hand extra actual property to seize when capturing, although it isn’t as pronounced as, say, the Lumia 1020’s accent grip. I occurred to be sporting the skinniest denims I personal (although they’re pretty regular, I determine), and the Second Case slipped in my entrance pocket surprisingly simply.
With focus management moved away from the display, Barros used the related Second App to lock focus with the shutter launch, after which used his finger to meter a unique a part of the scene to lock publicity. You may also slide your finger on the display to regulate publicity ranges. “What we’re discovering is you are taking higher, cleaner footage,” he stated.
The Second Case is powered by an ordinary watch battery housed contained in the grip — Barros stated battery life must be round six months, however I clearly did not have time to check that declare. The case is suitable with Second’s add-on lenses and it felt fairly nicely-balanced with one hooked up. Barros added that the plan is for the case to acknowledge which lens is mounted and supply particular choices within the app relying on what’s related. In case you’re particularly critical about your telephone-based mostly images, the case additionally helps digital camera straps by way of an aluminum bar on the base. Whether or not you go for the strap or not, Barros stated the thought is for the Second Case to be your default iPhone enclosure.
“It is an in-your-pocket, on a regular basis case,” he stated. “It simply occurs to take nice footage.”
- Key specs
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- Sort Smartphone
- Working system iOS (eight)
- Display measurement four.7 inches
- Inner reminiscence sixteen GB
- Digital camera eight&#one hundred sixty;megapixels
- Dimensions 5.forty four x 2.sixty four x zero.27 in
- Weight four.fifty five oz
- Launched 2014-09-19