Smartphone cameras are great because they\u2019re always there when you need them. But who ever thought that shooting a pic while held in one hand, tapping a screen button or punching a side tab wouldn\u2019t result in picture-ruining vibrations was nuts. For most of us it\u2019s hard enough to hold ourselves steady, much less the phone while we\u2019re shooting a pic or video. And no matter how much tech is packed inside, GIGO rules (garbage in, garbage out) so it makes sense to use old fashioned methods to insure the picture is shot right. But that doesn\u2019t mean you can\u2019t go \u201cold school\u201d with new tech \u2014 specifically Bluetooth \u2014 providing you\u2019re using GRIP&SHOOT. If you want a camera on the go beyond your smartphone, you might also be interested in reading our Zoom H2n handy recorder review.\r\n\r\nGRIP&SHOOT consists of two parts: the first being an iPhone case that the iPhone goes into (it comes with two for use with an iPhone 5\/5S or 4S). The case then slides into to attach to the top of a handgrip (called a Smart Grip) using a simple press in of a locking tab. The Smart Grip is of hard plastic and shaped like a joystick; the fingers curve around an ergonomic grip with side pads and the index finger curls naturally against the trigger. The Smart Grip has a tripod socket covered by a screw at its bottom\u2014 this entire section can be removed by loosening another locking tab. The reason for doing this is simple: the iPhone can now be stood up horizontally (or attached to a tripod), with the Smart Grip now used as a remote trigger for shooting. Sans this use, the bottom has a tripod screw mount.\r\n\r\nTo use the GRIP&SHOOT, it\u2019s iOS app must have been downloaded.\u2014 right now it only works with its own app (although developers can get the coding needed to integrate its use with their apps). Once you load up the GRIP SHOOT app on your iPhone 4S, 5, or 5S, the app syncs both video and still photo functions, as well as controlling zoom through +\/- buttons found on the back top side of the controller. Tap focusing and switching between video and still photography are done at the app, as is turning the \u201cflash\u201d on or off. All the features are obvious when viewed and a nice built-in function is that the light goes on and stays on for video illumination, unless turned off. But shooting vertically is verboten \u2014 the app is only designed for horizontal use.\r\n\r\nBecause of the specialized nature of the GRIP&SHOOT iPhone case, it makes more sense to carry it around with you for when it\u2019s needed than to have it attached at all times (the case doesn\u2019t provide the kind of protection found in the specialized cases that many keep on their iPhones). But rather than sticking it in a pocket, provided is a semi-rigid pouch that attaches to a belt\u00a0 or can be hooked on to a belt loop or otherwise with a spring-loaded clip. Think of it as a glasses case, only one designed for carrying around the GRIP&SHOOT\u2019s iPhone case, along with a second compartment that holds the Smart Grip. Also, both compartments have lids that snap shut through the use of magnets.\r\n\r\nI took the GRIP&SHOOT for a video spin outside as well as for shooting some stills and found using the camera one-handed a delight as it reminded me of my old days of shooting on-the-go with a rangefinder camera. I also used it indoors to shoot some stills of my wife\u2019s sculptures inside a light box whose illumination always slowed down the speed of my iPhone 5. Before, I had to hold my breath and use both hands to hold the phone steady for a picture but now it was an easy, one-handed affair. And I really, really liked how fast you could shoot using the trigger -- it was extremely sensitive and made shooting 2-3-4 shots one after the other both simple as well as effective.\r\n\r\nTwo things that must be mentioned are that bringing up the app has you syncing the GRIP&SHOOT (a great convenience over the usual pairing needs for Bluetooth) and that the button battery powering everything gets replaced when drained. So no having to look for a USB socket or carrying around (yet) another power plug. 10,000 clicks per battery should last quite a while I think. This specific model can't work with all iPhones, like iPhones 4S, 5 6, 7, and newer, but if you have an iPhone 6 or later model or certain Androids, check out the Grip&SHOOT GRS001 Bluetooth Smart Grip specifically designed for those devices. It's available on Amazon com for $99.95 and qualifies for free shipping.\r\n\r\nBottom line: The GRIP&SHOOT does exactly what it says and does it well. Add the carrying pouch to the $99.99 price tag and it\u2019s more than just a bargain \u2014 it\u2019s a highly useful accessory for anyone who wants what they shoot to be free of the \u201cshakes."