The selfie stick, ugh, who really likes them? But something like a selfie stick has been around almost 100 years – a wooden stick with a camera on the end – and one was certainly patented some 25 years ago, although it wasn’t until this decade that they seemed be in every other millennials’ hands, and banned from Disney, Six Flags and other places. Hate them you can, but sometimes you do need a device to help you take photos and videos of yourself and others, and that’s where two new offerings from JOBY come in.
The JOBY GripTight PRO Telepod is a telescoping tripod that can be used while traveling or to take images of your kids or grandkids while allowing you to get to in the picture. It makes a tabletop tripod with an extending mount that goes up about 30 inches.The tripod legs lock in three positions. The tilting head holds most phones horizontally or vertically, and there’s shoe mount to add a microphone or lights. A GoPro camera mount is also included. The JOBY GripTight Pro Telepod is lightweight, only 12.7 ounces, and there’s an adjustable wrist-cord you can use to carry it or just for safety. Yes, it can be used for selfies by keeping the tripod legs folded & extending the mount, and there’s a Bluetooth shutter button that’s attached to one of the legs. But the button also comes off so you can trigger your phone camera when it’s being held in tripod mode. $99.95, direct.
For the more adventurous, there’s the weird-looking new JOBY GorillaPod Mobile Rig with articulated legs and arms that allow it to be used as a tripod, selfie stick, or just wrapped around a pole or a tree to hold your smartphone securely. There’s a shoe mount for lights or microphone, plus on the “arms” there are additional standard quarter-inch tripod connections for lights or whatever. The JOBY GorillaPod Mobile Rig weighs only 12.8 ounces and is using a patented ball & socket design found on other “GorillaPod” products for photography. While designed for folks making YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat or other social media content, there’s nothing to stop you from taking it on a weekend trip, long vacation, or to a family gathering. Also $99.95, direct