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Review: SATECHI Camera Holder & QuikPod Mobile

- August 28th, 2012

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Propping up your camera or video recorder properly can often act as the ultimate test of patience.  You seem to be forever at the mercy of the tripod itself and the surface it’s sitting on. You always need to make sure you’re centred and have adjusted each of the tripod’s legs until it’s just right. Sometimes the table wobbles or the tripod slips on the surface and you’re frustrated even before you’ve started shooting.

So Satechi has come up with a lightweight camera holder and mount that eases some of these pains. It’s small and compact, although a little bulkier than a typical mini tripod but its functionality goes way beyond any others I’ve seen.

First thing to note is the adhesive smart pad at the bottom of the unit’s base. It attaches to a rubber suction cup, which can be secured tightly on most flat surfaces including windshields and even dashboards. That solves the slippage problem.

 

3-Way Adjustment

Second, it comes with 2 swivel hinges that can pivot up to 180°; one moves left/right, the other, forward/back. There are no screws to adjust, you simply press in the appropriate button and adjust it the way you want. It also has a spring-loaded 360° rotating connector up by the screw mount, which you do need to tug on to turn. Between the three, you get almost unlimited adjustment capabilities.

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Great in the Car

It’s ideal for mobile photography, even right from your car. I found that it would secure nicely to my windshield as long as the area selected isn’t too curved. The same goes for dashboards. Best to secure first and do a first to make sure its snug so your camera won’t be doping any backflips. Once you’ve found the sweet spot, you’re off to the races. It’s pretty funky recording video as the car is moving.

When the rubber suction cup will get dirty, you can simply clean it off with a damp cloth or the supplied cleaning pad that is simply an alcohol wipe.

It’s neat little invention. At 5.5”x3”x1”, it is larger that the pocket tripod I’ve been using, but still small enough to make it extremely portable. It weighs less than 4.5 oz. Furthermore, because it attaches solidly the almost any flat surface, you might even be able to leave your full-sized tripod at home.


SATECHI SCH–22 Camera Holder and Suction Cup Mount is compatible with any standard tripod screw mount and retails for $27.99 US. It’s available at Satechi.net and Amazon.com, where it’s heavily discounted right now.

 

Rating: 4.5/5

 

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Attachment for iPhone & Smartphone Users

If you have an iPhone or any smartphone for that fact, have a look at the Quik Pod Mobile as a companion to work with your Satechi camera holder. It attaches quite nicely and it allows your phone/iPhone to be kept upright. It’s ideal for FaceTime or video projects, even in landscape mode. Furthermore, the bottom is unobstructed so your charging or docking cable can still be plugged in.

 Satechi Quikmobile

Like the Satechi, there are no screws. To secure your device, it uses a wheel fastener that gently hugs your iPhone or Smartphone and keeps it snuggly in place without damaging or scratching it. It weights less than 2 oz. and has an equivalent of 25 lbs of grip power.

Quik Pod Mobile adapter is a perfect solution for your iPhone or Smartphone and gets full marks for what it does. It is available for $19.95 from QuikPod.com as an ideal companion for your Satechi. It can also be purchased as a kit. Visit Quikpod’s site for further details.

Rating: 5/5

photos courtesy: Satechi, QuikPod, Greg Gazin

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Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

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1 comment

  1. jhony | October 15, 2012 at 11:12 am

    nice camera review, very informative and interesting post to read. Thank you for posting this!

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