Photography enthusiasts are familiar with the startup Moment. The company is now back with three new products to give your iPhone 7 and 7 Plus a big boost in terms of camera and battery life. Moment has launched a Kickstarter campaign seeking consumer support to bring its latest iPhone cases and a wide-angle lens to the market.
The Battery Photo Case is better than Apple’s Smart Battery Case
The three new products are a slim Battery Photo Case with an integrated lens mount system and a dedicated shutter button, a minimal Photo Case with an integrated lens mount, and a new Wide-Angle Lens designed specifically for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus’ larger camera aperture. Moment co-founder Marc Barros told The Verge that these were the best products the startup has ever made.
Priced at $99, the Battery Photo Case has a DSLR-like shutter button and an extra battery. For the iPhone 7, it has a 2,500mAh battery. The case incorporates a larger 3,500mAh battery for the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus. It combines the best of both worlds in a beautiful package. It looks better than Apple’s Smart Battery Case in almost every way, though it costs the same as Apple’s Smart Battery.
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The Battery Photo Case’s shutter button works like a real camera with half-press for focusing and full press for shooting. It has a lens mount where you can attach Moment lenses to both the regular wide-angle camera and the telephoto camera. The case works in conjunction with the Moment camera app. It includes a Lightning pass-through connector to allow users to charge both the phone and case’s battery.
Advanced controls in the updated Moment app let you choose when the iPhone can use the case’s battery power. Apple’s Smart Battery Case has no such controls.
No shutter button in Photo Case
The Photo Case, priced at $29, is a sleek protective case designed to allow users to mount the Moment lenses without installing the mounting plate on their iPhone 7 or 7 Plus. It is available in “Black Coated Canvas” and “American Dark Walnut.” However, it doesn’t have any shutter button.
New Wide Lens optimized for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
Moment is also introducing a new Wide Lens. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus cameras brought a wide variability to their previous lens. The latest iPhone cameras have a wider aperture that causes Moment’s older Wide Lens to show some vignetting (dark corners). The new Wide Lens brings a new optical formula with an aspherical element. It is optimized for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus’ larger f/1.8 aperture.
Moment plans to start shipping the Battery Photo Case in late June or early July. However, the Photo Case and Wide Lens could ship as early as May.