Recently I purchased some magnetic clip-on lenses for my iPhone as I felt the fixed 29mm focal length of the iPhone 6 plus camera to be very limiting. And as it is the one camera I will always have with me, it makes sense to buy accessories to make it more useful. I find holding the iPhone on its own or even with a case to be very precarious and I am always concerned about dropping it, which does not make it easy to take pictures. So I needed to buy a ‘camera grip’ and a tripod mount for my iPhone 6 plus, and I thought a bluetooth remote would come in handy as well. The tripod mount was for mounting my iPhone on a tripod so I could do test shots with the smartphone lens kits I bought for the iPhone (reviews to follow), and possibly to try out a recently released focus stacking app.
So the kit I bought was the Lighthome 3-in-1 monopod/selfie-stick, bluetooth remote and smartphone tripod mount which works with devices up to 85mm in width. Cost £9.99 from Amazon.co.uk. Click on icon for link:
The selfie stick/monopod extends up to 94cm end to end, and serves as a monopod when fully extended with one end on the ground (albeit a short one) to improve stability. There is a 1/4″ male adapter on the tiltable/lockable head to fit the smartphone tripod mount and a 1/4″ female thread on the opposite end. I previously had bought such a selfie-stick and that had already cost over £12 on its own.
To protect the edge of the iPhone and grip it better, an orange rubber piece is also included to fix onto the extendable grip of the smartphone tripod mount. The smartphone tripod mount can be adjusted in length and width to best fit the device it is holding. It has a 1/4″ female thread at the base to mount onto a tripod or onto the selfie stick.
The bluetooth remote control uses a CR2032 battery (included), and has an on-off switch on the side to conserve battery when not in use, and when turned on will initiate the bluetooth link to the iPhone. It worked flawlessly with the camera app on my iPhone 6 plus.
Images below show how the iPhone 6 plus looks when mounted on the smartphone tripod mount and the selfie stick.
The smartphone tripod mount has the added benefit of also acting as a camera grip for the iPhone to improve stability. And below, I have included a picture of how I have blu-tacked (for ease of mounting and removal – could also be done with velcro) the Bluetooth remote control to the smartphone tripod mount to act like a regular camera with a shutter button.
The tripod mount can serve as a camera grip for the iPhone and improves stability when using the camera
What is good about this kit?
1) A nice selfie-stick/monopod which feels very sturdy and will hold the iPhone without any problems
2) A bluetooth remote which serves as an external shutter button
3) A smartphone tripod mount to allow mounting to a tripod or selfie-stick, but which also acts as a ‘camera grip’ for my iPhone and improves the stability.
What could be improved?
1) The smartphone tripod mount does not have a gap between the volume buttons and the gripping foam on the base, so the volume buttons do press into it. Can’t really think of anymore improvements needed as it works very well and is very well priced.
In my opinion this was money well spent. And it can be mounted on the iPhone when needed but also stored in a coat pocket or bag without taking too much space or adding too much weight when not in use; it feels well-made and sturdy, so should withstand normal use easily.