Snap! Pro Photography Case for iPhone

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Bitplay Inc

Mobile photography is not all about the gear but having the gear can be the icing on the cake. There have been many accessories to help boost your mobile photography game. One of those accessories that can help are lens attachments.  I have tried many of these lenses and for me thus far, it has been underwhelming.  It is not because the quality of lenses are bad, it is mostly because it cuts into the ease of how I personally shoot with a smart phone.

You do compromise the "mobile speed" of it all by having to take time to either put on a case or click a lens to the back of your phone.  These attachments can be connected through adhesive magnets or through a dedicated lens. It is for the user preference. Either way you still compromise the speed of taking a shot. Again this is for my style of shooting, street photography. For any other genre of photography, these lens attachments are great. I do not shoot just street so when I do not, I will attach a lens and enjoy it. 

Companies like Moment, Izzi Gadgets, ExoLens, and Olloclip (which is the most popular of all the attachments) continue to push for mobile photographers to accessorize. Typically you will get some sort of telephoto, a wide, a macro, and occasionally a fisheye. For me the quality is usually pretty similar.  It's the user experience that is more important for me.

With that said, let's look at the overall for the Snap! Pro iPhone Photography Case by Bitplay Inc.

 

Let's check out the specs

  • Product name:SNAP! PRO (for iPhone 6 / iPhone 6S)
  • Dimension:14.4 x 7.7 x 1.5 cm (with regular grip)
    14.4 x 7.7 x 2.6 cm (with special grip)
  • Weight:50g (with regular grip)grip)
    60g (with special grip)
  • Package size:12.8 x 21.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Material:ABS, TPU
  • Color:Black, White
  • Accessories (in the box):Special gripx1, Thumb restx1, Strew driverx1, Screwx2, Strapx1, User manualx1
  • Accessories (sold separately):Lenses, Premium wood grip, Hand-made leather strap
  • Made and Design in Taiwan

Tech Specs taken from the product page.

Pros

  • A Dedicated Shutter Button on the Case
  • Good selection of lenses

Cons

  • Lenses get dirty really easy
  • Distortion in the lenses
  • The case adds bulk so for me defeats the aspect of mobility
  • The Snap! app does not make sense to me - you can just use the native camera or another 3rd party camera like ProCamera

Word Up! My Final Word

I think that the Snap! Case does what it needs to do for the mobile photographer.  Does it blow me away with build quality, ergonomics, and image quality? No. Do I think that the case with a dedicated shutter button is the bee's knees? Not particularly so with this case.  The first case I actually used that had a dedicated shutter button on it was for the Nokia Lumia 1020 built by Nokia.  The shutter button felt real and I did not have to worry if it was turning off my volume button (The Snap shutter button connects to the volume). 

I think I had my expectations pretty high for this case. It has been on the market for over a year now and offers not just one but three options; basic plastic case for aesthetic vintage feel, another plastic case with the middle of the road quality (which is what I bought and just returned), and the Snap!

for the more serious iPhoneographer. To be honest, I was so disappointed that I didn't want to just exchange for the "better" case.

I wanted to do a side by side comparison with the lenses; Snap! vs Moment vs Olloclip. Unfortunately after my first few runs with the Snap! I just did not want to take that time to even try to compare; Moment and Olloclip should have no worries about Snap! trying to impede into their space.

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