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.
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.
Combining a quick-release plate made from aerospace grade aluminum and a sturdy flip-up accessory loop, the Fusion Plate is designed to allow photographers to quickly and easily switch between a shoulder strap and tripod.
For professional-looking videos, one of the fundamental rules for the vast majority of shots is to use a tripod
. Doing so can be a hassle, however – particularly if you’re running around banging off quick shots for some sort of extreme sports video. With that in mind, New Jersey-based Wild Iron Inc. is introducing a little something known as the Flex Shot. Essentially, it’s a deformable 4 x 4-inch (10 x 10-cm) heavy-duty rubber bag full of a “sand-like material,” with a coated aluminum camera mount on top. I recently had a chance to try out a prototype unit, and I think the idea has a lot of merit.
Breffo, the firm behind the eight-legged Spiderpodium
gadget dock, has revealed another spidery product, the Adventure Camera Kit. The new device, which can hold any compact camera or action-cam with a typical tripod thread, is designed to be used in situations where a normal tripod couldn't cut it – such as hanging from railings, or attaching it to a tree branch or bike handlebars.
Ever since technology made video cameras small and light enough to wear comfortably on the body, manufacturers have been busy one-upping each other with features like GPS tracking
, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth streaming
, integrated internet uploading
, remote controls
and of course, better filming capabilities
. But the basics have remained the same: small, lightweight cameras that sits on the filmer's body or gear and takes point-of view footage. SOLOSHOT brings a different point of view to the action sports filming equation – it's a tripod that incorporates an automated tracking system to deliver third-person footage without anyone behind the lens.
There's no shortage of iPhone cases out there, from ones that add a physical keyboard
or USB storage
, to ones that want to keep your precious Apple device safe from water
… or even bullets
. But the Klyp from Manfrotto has more humble ambitions, it has been designed to help you take better photos and video by making it easier to add lighting and hold the phone steady.
There must be a kazillion mini tripods for smartphones out there, and probably about half as many ergonomic hand grips designed to minimize shaky video. WOXOM’s SlingShot device, however, combines the two – it’s a smartphone hand grip that can be converted into a table top tripod.
For the past several months, film-makers using DSLRs or small camcorders have had an interesting option available for getting smooth tracking shots – CineSkates
. The product combines a GorillaPod Focus tripod, a BallHead X tripod head and three soft urethane wheels. Those wheels mount on the feet of the tripod, allowing it to make fluid, dolly-like movements. Cinetics, the company that makes Cineskates, has now announced a new member to its family. It’s called the CineSquid, and it includes the same tripod and head, but with suction cup feet that allow it to adhere to almost any smooth surface.
When most of us want to steady a camera for a long exposure or telephoto shot, we look for something that will accept the camera’s weight, such as a tripod or a handy flat horizontal surface. The pocket-sized SteadePod, however, uses what could almost be considered the opposite approach – it requires the user to pull up
on the camera, the upward tension serving to stabilize their shot.