Sony had just released a compact grip/tripod with BT controls that is ideal for selfie video and stills shooting. Photographer Jason Vong had a chance to play with it and came back with some notes.
If you are shooting a lot of selfies and you hate it when you need to turn the camera or look for the record/AF buttons with your fingers without seeing what you are doing, Sony have you covered with its new GP-VPT28T Selfie Shooting Grip.
Although the GP-VPT28T can work with many of Sony’s latest cameras including the a9 II, a9, a7R IV, a7R III, a7 III, a6600, a6400, a6100, and RX100 VII, at least with the A7/A9 cameras it might be a bit of a problem as larger lenses might make the whole rig way too heavy and cumbersome (this unit is probably more for the A6XXX series or at most A7/A9 with small lenses).
What can you do with the GP-VPT28T you ask? well, it is relatively similar to the already available Sony RMT-P1BT Wireless Remote Commander and you can start and stop video shooting, record a still image, zoom and use the C1 assigned button (for example for AF). You can also turn the camera 180 degree from Selfie to front-facing angle and you get a tiny LED telling you if the camera is recording – which is really useful as the camera doesn’t have to be attached to the unit so you can put the camera on a tripod and control it with the grip for a few meters away.
The GP-VPT2BT Shooting Grip is available for pre-order from B&H for $140.
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