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Tripods

A couple of years ago, we first heard about the SoloShot. It's a robotic device that sits between a video camera and a tripod, automatically panning the camera to keep the surfing, skiing, etc subject centered in the shot. The idea is that you can get video of yourself doin' your thing, without calling upon someone else to act as a videographer. The SoloShot2 takes things a step further, most notably by also tilting the camera. Read More

Chinese Photographic Accessory Designer FotoPro is best known for its range of tripods, but is diversifying with some equally innovative products released at Photo Fair Thailand. The pick of the bunch is a lightweight accessory pack designed to turn the iPhone 5 into a photographic kit. Read More

While GoPro has become the best-known name in actioncams, Joby's GorillaPod is likely the most popular "do-anything" tripod out there. It shouldn't come as a surprise, then, to hear that Joby has just announced three new products, designed specifically with the GoPro HERO in mind. Read More
Part of owning a smartphone is purchasing accessories that go along with it. We need chargers, cases, and other devices to really complete the experience. A trend you can't help but notice in the mobile space is accessories that perform multiple functions, with the aim of cutting down on the amount of stuff we need to carry. ChargeDrive for iPhone and Android phones is one such device, pulling quadruple duty as a charger, tripod, stand and thumb drive. Read More
If you’re a fairly serious videographer, you may well use a mini tripod, a brace, a camera stabilizing rig, and a monopod. Well, VariZoom’s new Stealthy combines all of those functions in one folding device. Read More
Joby has released its latest tripod designed for steadying your smartphone, the MPod Mini Stand. In addition to the typically bobbly flexible-jointed legs you'd expect from Joby, the MPod Mini features an expandable head mount with rubberized jaws which can clamp almost any smartphone in place, even something as big as the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Read More

For so-called “crane shots,” film and video crews often actually use what’s known as a jib arm – a manually-operated device that can set you back more than a few bucks, and is a hassle to set up and tear down. Videographer Gert Wagner’s hipjib is designed to make things easier, by letting your tripod double as a jib arm. Read More

The latest mini tripod from Manfrotto is designed not only to keep your camera steady when taking photos, but also while shooting video. The Pixi, which is designed to be used with anything from a smartphone to an entry-level DSLR, can be deployed as a table-top tripod when its legs are splayed, or a video grip when they're collapsed. Read More

The Pocket Tripod is an interesting new stand and tripod for iPhone users. Instead of being a bulky device that is hard to carry around, this one is able to fold up completely flat and fit inside of a wallet. Not only can it fold up into a tiny package, it can articulate into all kinds of positions, so it offers a lot of flexibility. Read More

The Joby UltraPlate is a new universal quick-release plate which enables photographers to attach both a tripod and a shoulder strap to their camera. What makes this plate stand out from the rest of the field is that both accessories can be connected simultaneously, meaning no more unnecessary fiddling when moving between tripod and hand-holding a camera. Read More
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