Clockwise from top left: Popabrella ($13), Canon Digital Camera Remote Controller ($24), Quirky Digidudes Camera Tripod and Keychain ($18), Flip Cage Tabletop Stand Tripod ($15), XShot iPhone 4 Case With Tripod Attachment ($25; available for preorder)
There's nothing worse than gathering your family in front of the Christmas tree or your group of friends on New Year's Eve and sheepishly looking around to figure out which person you care about least so they can take the photo. Sure, tripods are great for keeping a shot steady, but my personal belief is that they were invented to eliminate awkwardness. Don't make someone feel left out in the photo ops of the coming holidays. Get one of these cheap, portable, convenient tripods.
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As a dedicated Gorillapod user, I really don't need a bottle-cap tripod, but I feel like I'm seeing them everywhere lately, and they seem like they'd make a great gift for my friends who appraise my Gorillapod as "neat," but I can tell they're totally thinking it's a nerd-core item to own.
But here's the thing — novel and convenient, bottle-cap tripods, like this one, seem like a good idea, but all I can see is this: You're at a bar with it set up to take your pic, when a sauced jughead stumbles by and nudges it — orrrr, say you accidentally chose a bottle that wasn't full enough to balance the weight of the camera and AAAAGH! The slow mo in my head of a digital camera sailing to the ground makes me want to cry right now.
What's your take on these? Do they spell trouble to you like they do me?
Traditional tripods are usually large, hard to carry and aren't that great to look at. Thankfully companies like Versa are coming out with small, flexible tripods that are great for hands-free photo shoots. I've seen similar models like this design including the all terrain tripod, but I've never seen such a bright color selection before! Would you ever consider using one of these tripods for your camera? Or are they over-the-top geeky?
Why lug around a heavy tripod for your camera when you can use the ultraportable FOZI tripod by Timetable? Featured on Wired, the FOZI consists of three plastic cutouts that connect together to form a steady support for most compact cameras. Use this tripod to hold your camera at four different angles and easily stow it in your purse when it's not in use. Available in pink, red, blue, black, white, clear, and clear striped. Priced at $9 or $35 for a pack of 5. I'm sure it would be good to have while traveling, but you're still going to need to ask strangers to take your pic if you can't find a ledge to set the tripod on! What do you think? Love or leave?
Wouldn't you agree that this iPod accessory mimics the traditional camera with tripod set-up? Recently announced by Focal Corp Japan, this three-legged Boomtune Mini speaker system, which by the way is named "Julia," connects to the iPod via a 3.5mm stereo plug. Straight from New Launches, two of the tripod legs come with speakers while the third operates as the battery compartment. Unfortunately there isn't a docking station, which I've certainly grown accustomed to and quite frankly can't live without! Currently available from Japan for 4480 Yen or $39.
Thanks to TeamSugar user japokie for finding and geek gearing this unique tripod so we could all check its neat features. Use your imagination to twist and bend this all terrain tripod for hands-free photo shoots. It is extremely lightweight and will stay in place with its quick-release plate and lock ring. The large version can hold up to 1.75 lbs. and is great for video or SLR cameras ($45), while the smaller version is ideal for compact digital cameras ($25).
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This is totally one of those, why didn't I think of that inventions. You guessed it, the world's first extendable hand held tripod is now on the market, ladies and gentlemen I bring to you the Quikpod! All jokes aside this gadget is kinda like an umbrella- it's always good to have one on you because you never know when you're going to need it! Like when you want to get that perfect head shot of you and your best friend and you both start debating as to who has the longer arm for taking the pic? The Quik Pod can easily be attached to your camera or camcorder so that you can take a self portrait or video without having to ask for help from a random stranger. You can also use the Quik Pod underwater with a waterproof camera - pretty cool for only $25 to $30 bucks.
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