3D-Model of the Tric device

The LED flash units in smartphones are usually poor performers compared to the Xenon flashes in dedicated cameras or even external flashguns. If you feel your iPhone photography has been held back by your Apple device's underpowered LED light, Tric's new Kickstarter project might just be what you've been waiting for. The team behind Tric is looking to raise funds for the final development and mass production of a wireless trigger unit for the iPhone.

The device will allow you to trigger flash guns with a standard hot shoe connector or studio strobes with PC terminal when shooting with your iPhone 5S, 6 or 6 Plus running iOS 8.1 or newer. Tric wirelessly connects to the phone via Bluetooth LE and requires two AA batteries as power supply. 

Tric prototypes

Due to the Apple camera technology there are unfortunately a few limitations. Shutter speed is limited to 1/30 seconds and Tric only supports X-sync but no TTL, meaning that you have to set the adequate output power manually on the external flash unit before taking your shot. 

We'd think that most photographers who make the effort to carry an external flashgun or set up studio strobes would probably also carry a DSLR or high-end mirrorless camera with the appropriate lenses. In combination with the limitations mentioned above, that makes the Tric a true niche product. However, if you think you might have a proper use case for the device you can secure a Tric for $60 with the early bird offer. First customer deliveries are planned for December. You can find more information in the video below or on Kickstarter.