Snappgrip gives camera feel to your smartphone.

Want the feel of a camera when shooting with your smartphone? Snappgrip attaches to your iPhone 4, iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy 3 and quickly makes your mobile feel much more like a compact camera.

The accessory snaps on and off a sturdy case and offers familiar camera controls, accessible with one hand. Working in conjuction with an app, the shutter button offers focusing with a half press, and captures an image with full press. A standard zoom switch replaces your touchscreen pinch, and a shooting mode dial allows you to switch between portrait, landscape, flash and video modes within the camera app. The bottom of the Snappgrip also includes a tripod mount and micro-USB port.

We had a play with the accessory this week at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas and did enjoy the added weight and control the grip provided. Models on display were still prototypes, but we look forward to reviewing the Snappgrip fully and learning more about the product's integration with its app.

Designer Lee Harris shared with us that although Snappgrip is currently designed to work only with its own app, he expects to announce Snappgrip's first app partnership in the next few weeks. Snappgrip will also release an API so that any developers can integrate its controls to their own app -- a very interesting opportunity for photography app makers indeed.

This Kickstarter project is nearly fully funded by backers who've now contributed £17,368 of Snapgrip's intended £18,000 goal. 

Harris was confident the accessory will start shipping in late February or early March when we spoke to him this week at CES.