Norwegian company Fjorden has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Fjorden, the ‘world’s first pocketable, professional iPhone camera grip.’ Drawing inspiration from classic rangefinder cameras and DSLRs, the Fjorden camera grip attaches to an iPhone and transforms it into a camera that mimics the feel of a full-size DSLR or mirrorless with more functionality.
While many iPhone camera add-ons either use hardware or software to enhance image quality, few — if any — products actually make the process of using the iPhone more like using a full-size camera. Fjorden is aiming to change that and is designed to make an iPhone into a more powerful compact camera.
Developed by Dr. Victor Henning, the Fjorden grip provides a two-stage shutter button. Like the shutter release on a dedicated camera, half-press to focus, full-press to release. The Fjorden includes a customizable control dial that can adjust exposure, shutter speed, ISO, portrait mode aperture, focus, and more. A multi-function button can be used to change shooting modes, adjust flash modes and more. Finally, the Fjorden includes a zoom level to switch between iPhone lenses or zoom in and out quickly.
It is 10.7mm deep and, when combined with an iPhone 12 Pro and a case, has the same depth as an Apple AirPods case. With its quick-release clip, Fjorden snaps in and out of the Fjorden iPhone MagSafe case, and its universal adapter plate can be attached to the back of any iPhone. Fjorden says this design makes it a product that will retain its relevance even after users upgrade their iPhones. The grip also doubles as a kickstand, which could prove useful for many users. If you don’t want to have the grip on, it quickly detaches via a quick-release clip from the Fjorden MagSafe case.
The Fjorden uses a standard CR2430 coin cell battery and promises up to 12 months of battery life. The battery is user-replaceable. Fjorden comes with a two-year warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
The Fjorden iPhone grip has launched on Kickstarter with pledge options starting at $129 — which the company says is a discount of $50 off the final price of the Fjorden Grip and Back Plate Adapter. The Fjorden Grip and Fjorden iPhone MagSafe Case (iPhone 11/12 series) pledges begin at $149.
More info on the company’s Kickstarter page.