Hands-on with Snappgrip, a case that turns your phone into a point-and-shoot

We normally don't bother to write about iPhone cases here at Engadget, but this one seemed pretty neat. Snappgrip is a case that turns your iPhone into a point-and-shoot camera -- partly for kitsch's sake, but mostly to make one-handed shots easier to pull off. The design is simple: it's just a plastic shell with a shutter button, a dial for controlling shutter speed and a hand grip -- the sort you'd normally find on a compact camera.

To use it, you'll need to download the free iPhone or Android app. Interestingly, though, the company is releasing its SDK to developers, so in theory you'll one day be able to use this case with other camera apps. Another quid pro quo: the case only fits the iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III for now, though the company is considering ways to make the case universally compatible. Snappgrip is priced at $99, but it's not shipping just yet (the Kickstarter campaign, linked below, is still going strong). For now, we've got a quickie hands-on video waiting just past the break.

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Hands-on with Snappgrip, a case that turns your phone into a point-and-shoot