Sony has consistently released products aimed at travel photographers and vloggers. One such product is the recently announced wireless shooting grip — Sony GP-VPT2BT. This new versatile cordless shooting grip is specifically designed for mirrorless cameras. It allows creators to seamlessly switch between shooting videos and taking still shots on the run.
The catch here is that the shooting grip provides really huge flexibility that enables you to fully utilize your mirrorless camera. Sony GP-VPT2BT’s design promises versatility, improved mobility, and reliability.
It enables you to safely use the camera at arm’s length while easily manipulating key camera functions directly from the handle. That way, a creator will not have to miss taking that iconic shot simply because they were recording a video at the time.
Features and Specifications of the Sony GP-VPT2BT
Sony’s new GP-VPT2BT shooting grip packs a “wireless remote commander” that is fully compatible with all Sony recent digital cameras. This means that you can use the new cordless shooting grip with Sony Alpha a6100, a6400, a6600, a7 III, a7R III, a7R IV, a9, and a9 II. Additionally, once you have installed the latest firmware, you can use it with the RX0 II and RX100 VII.
In addition to compatibility with a variety of Sony’s newest mirrorless cameras, the GP-VPT2BT comes with wireless Bluetooth tech. Sony’s new cord-free grip also brings a quick tilt feature that enables easy vertical angle adjustments. Furthermore, you can use the tilt feature to quickly switch from normal shooting to self-shooting mode with ease.
You can easily set the best camera angle for a wide variety of subjects, angles, or viewpoints. This ensures that you do not have to shoot in uncomfortable positions.
The grip allows for quick and easy positioning of the camera for subject or selfie still shots or recording movies. The 90° lock positions combined with the grip’s easy angle adjustment capability to enable shooting in a vertical orientation that ensures stability.
The GP-VPT2BT grip features an adjustment wheel that allows for seamless operation with different cameras. Depending on the size and weight of your camera, you can loosen or tighten the adjustment wheel to facilitate flawless pairing with the camera.
This new Sony GP-VPT2BT cordless shooting grip is a versatile grip that you even use as a tripod for stable, hands-free shooting. Yes, this versatile grip comes with an expandable bottom portion which Sony says that you can extend to quickly change the grip into a tabletop tripod.
Weighing in at 215g (7.6 oz), this new wireless shooting grip can carry a maximum load of 1.5kg (53.0 oz). In terms of size, the grip measures 49.5mm × 173.0mm × 42.0mm ordinarily but becomes 146.5mm × 133.5mm × 163.0mm when expanded into a tripod.
Additional Features and Specs
Other features include a “flip” button that lets creators perform a 180° rotation of their cameras without needing to removing it from the 1/4″-20 attachment. There is also an indicator light as well as a lock switch.
The grip maintains communication with compatible Sony camera systems through Bluetooth. Sony GP-VPT2BT’s design makes it able to keep out dust and moisture to an extent.
The absence of connecting cables means that the camera’s connector covers will remain closed, preventing dust and moisture from coming in. However, it is not actually dust and moisture “proof.”
Sony carefully designed the grip to provide maximum stability and comfort, whether you attach it to a compact camera or mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera. Additionally, you can easily access the remote control buttons while holding the grip, for seamless, intuitive operation.
Here’s a quick overview that shows the Sony GP-VPT2BT in action:
Availability and Pricing
The new Sony GP-VPT2BT Shooting Grip will cost you about $140. You can find out more on the Sony website.