Selfie Sticks Are Here To Stay

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I remember back in 2000, I resisted the cell phone. I worked hard enough. The last thing that I wanted was a cell phone where people can reach me at all times of the day.
If I wasn’t at the office I didn’t want to be reached. I held out for a long time, but I do love technology and got suckered into the idea that it would make me more mobile and it would provide me with more flexibility.
And you know how it goes… After I got myself a phone I was hooked. You don’t know what you ever did without it. Now for some of us – our phone is more important than our best friend. Siri is a good listener…
Here is my confession… I have resisted selfie sticks too. Selfies are all the rage – what’s my hangup?
I mean, really? Do I need to carry around this selfie stick so that I can take pictures of myself? It feels arrogant and showy. Can’t I just ask someone to take a picture?
I pride myself on modesty. So how modest am I when I pull out my selfie stick and I’m taking pictures of myself to show the world what I am doing? I have kind of a love-hate relationship with showing the world what I’m up to because of that. And some people are annoying with it and I don’t want that to be me – you know what I mean. They probably don’t think they are overdoing it, arrogant and showy, do they?
Then again when you’re building a brand and reputation you need to show off what you’re doing. There’s a fine line between creating credibility and showboating.
Am I the only one who feels this way? Maybe it’s because I’m a Gen X and not Gen Y or Gen Z. Generational mindsets differ but I am adapting just at a slower pace.
One of the things I noticed is that we are obsessed with apps and tools. We have to have an app or tool for everything. Don’t get me wrong, I love apps and tools and have lots of them, but to take a picture of myself, really?
Ok, the truth is I’m swayed now on the selfie stick. Maybe because the technology is getting cooler, they are becoming more compact and might actually be of greater use to me than just for the selfie or selfie stick.
After all, as an international speaker and podcast host, it would be really valuable to be able to do on the spot live podcast interviews without having to have one arm extended and get it less than the optimal shot of me and my guest with half my head cut off or my arm in the frame. That does reduce me to an amateur, doesn’t it?
And what about capturing events and other activities seamlessly with the press of a button and optimize sound instability at the same time? A selfie stick can do that because on a selfie stick stand it becomes more than a selfie stick, it is a camera stand.
Now that our phones can record in 4K, the selfie stick becomes a video camera stand and recorder and all of the components can be carried around in a simple small carrying case. Now that is cool and productive. Productive because I don’t need to have a spate professional camera. I have it all in my phone and in my selfie stick. I guess you can see why the selfie stick is growing on me.
I know lots of people are taking videos of themselves, but quality does matter so if I am going to join the selfie stick era, then I might as will do it with class and style. Use the benefits of stability, sound quality, seamless movement, and more.
Hopefully, I don’t look like a total dork taking pictures of myself, but hey if you can’t beat them join them.
Here are some cool products that stood out in my research.

Selfie Sticks

1. LARICARE Tablet Stand Phone Holder

Pros

  • The LARICARE Tablet Stand Phone Holder can mount to any table that is less than 1.5-inch or 38-mm thick. This makes it versatile and can be used in multiple ways on tables and offices, in bedrooms, or even outdoors. You can attach this clip type phone holder to numerous locations in your car with some adjustments. Other buyers are using it on their wheelchair, spin bike, attesting that the clamp securely fastens and it does not shake while in use.  The clamps’ design allows for USB port access.
  • Its adjustable clamp allows if to hold any 4 to 11-inch smartphone or tablet, including the iPad, iPhone, iPad Air, Samsung Galaxy or tablet, HTC, LG and more. You can even use it to hold a camera.
  • It has a 360-degree swivel that allows you to adjust the angle of your screen to convert visual, protect your eyesight and spine, as well as relieve fatigue. You can use it even while charging.
  • Its aluminum construction makes its sturdy and stable, it does not shake while in use.
  • Its foldable design makes it easy to carry.
  • Ideal for small spaces as it has a much shorter arm compared to other gooseneck stands.
  • The makers of this phone stand are extremely confident about the design and quality of the product that they are offering a new replacement or money-back guarantee for dissatisfied customers.

Cons

  • The phone stand’s clamp does not open far enough to fit around certain keyboards (e.g. Nord Keyboard). The specifications in the item description are hard to find. Other holders are better and fit their keyboard.
  • It’s a little heavy.
  • Takes some twisting to get it to stick so you can move the arm left and right without the whole unit moving.

2. Zhiyun Smooth-Q 3-Axis Smartphone Gimbal

Pros

  • You’d be proud to be carrying around this well-made, professional-looking smartphone gimbal. The Zhiyun Smooth-Q 3-Axis Smartphone Gimbal comes with a carrying case and a metal tripod.
  • It is compatible with iPhone 7 plus (even with case), Samsung S7, Note 8,  (even with case), Huawei Mate, and GoPro Hero 4/5 using an adapter.
  • The gimbal is a precise calculation run by 3 motors in 3-axis, by calculating thousands of times per second. These 3 brushless motors will silently fix a position on your smartphone along with your movement.
  • Its enhanced camera functions make video shooting more creative and enjoyable. Functions include Face Tracking, Panoramic Filming and Time-Lapse via “ZY Play” App, the Smooth Q gimbal.
  • It is easy to use. You can get the balance in one minute. A mode bottom allows you to change 3 modes freely—all following, pan following and rock. With some practice, you can control the framing by gesture under all following mode.
  • Zhiyun Smooth-Q can work for 12 hours with full charge.
  • It includes a One-Year warranty.

Cons

  • For light use only. If you have a larger phone, you will be at almost the max point for balancing, and you will not be able to place the phone in the clamping device in a position where you can run a charging cable to the phone from the Gimbal.
  • Good for shooting videos while walking around, but it tends to lose stability when used to shoot videos while running, even after re-balancing several times.
  • The Zhiyun app tends to crash a lot. As an alternative, you can use the stock camera app thus eliminating the problem. The apps for Android can be a little erratic but the iPhone app is stable.
  • Adapter not provided.
  • Clicking the mode button will transfer the sound to the footage if changing modes during capture.

3. DJI Osmo Mobile 2 Handheld Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer

Pros

  • The Osmo Mobile 2 was designed to film on the go. Simply pick your subject, then ActiveTrack will follow. Its built-in sensors make this possible, coupled with its and brushless motors to make this smartphone stabilizer stable.
  • Made of high-strength composite material, this handheld smartphone gimbal is lightweight and portable, weighing 485 grams. It is even made more compact when folded with its modified design.
  • Boasting a battery life of up to 15 hours, this gimbal can also charge your smartphone.
  • It features Beautify mode to keep you looking great in front of the camera.
  • Its manufacturer, DJI, offers a full USA Warranty and customer support.

Con

  • The DJI Osmo Mobile 2 does not work well for larger phones (e.g. Samsung Note 8). You will need to purchase a counterweight that is compatible with the gimbal.

4. Zhiyun Smooth 4 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

Pros

  • Solid design, able to handle heavier phones with ease
  • Quick standby mode by forcing the racket into the upright position. This disables the motors and enables users to do whatever they need on their phones
  • Lots of physical buttons, which enables total control of the phone without touching it. This feature is missing in many other brands. I do like the knob for adjusting the zoom. Good job, Zhiyun! Hope they can reload that knob for tilting the smartphone too.
  • Panoramic photo and object tracking
  • Long battery life. I took it to FanimeCon in San Jose and the battery is still kinda full after 7 hours of continuous use.

For a bit more get it with camera for 4k.

Cons

  • The full features of the gimbal with the ZY play app are not available for Android devices, in particular, 4K video. This app does not provide menu options for video and only allows you to select camera settings

5. DJI Osmo Handheld 4K Camera and 3-Axis Gimbal

 

Pros

  • The DJI Osmo Handheld 4k camera captures amazing pictures and footages. You can take pictures of night time cityscapes.
  • It is stable and can take action shots without shaking and shoot videos even while moving without blurring.
  • Easy to use.

Cons

  • You need to buy an external mic because t he audio is unusable.
  • The camera does not have zoom capabilities.
  • The app does not work sometimes rendering the camera useless.
  • Syncing with the phone can be a pain.
  • Batteries do not last long

Selfie stick stand

If you already have a geat selfie stick, what about a stand for the times you need both of your hands. The selfie stick stand turns your phone into a professional camera. The quality of the phone resolutions is just as good as a digital camera so why buy one. Just buy a selfie stick stand and get the same impact.
Selfie stick stands can be used at your kids sporting events, sit down interviews, work parties, sales training and more.

Ipad – iPhone Stand for desk/Kitchen

I like a stand on my desk, so I can use it to field questions during a podcast (when I start taking questions) and get better positioning of my external microphone since my main computer is a laptop.
I can also use it for scripts for my video recordings. (Don’t be shocked, once in a while, I do script my videos for my online programs so that I can provide clarity and focus in my presentation).
I can also prop it up while I am cooking and use it as I follow a recipe in the kitchen.
And so many more uses for the stand. In case you’re wondering, this is my favorite phone stand.

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