Support Ideas

Many Cameras, One Support

The HandlePod® will accommodate a wide range of cameras from a DSLR to a Point-and-Shoot, or even a Smartphone with a tripod adapter. Each camera exhibits different capabilities. Handlepod offers unique advantages that apply to all cameras.
The following discussion describes how to get the most from a HandlePod using different camera models.

HandlePod and the DSLR

HandlePod® will support a DSLR with reliable stability when used correctly. Consumer models like the Nikon® 5200 or Canon® EOS Rebel SL1 are easy to stabilize using HandlePod. Lenses must be in the normal range, around 18-135mm or less, not a long telephoto. Pro models like the Nikon® D800 or Canon® EOS 6D are heavy, but with care excellent results can be achieved.

NightTimeEx-FerryBldg.pngGet tripod-steady DSLR exposures using the following three easy steps:

  1. Adjust the thumb screws located on the mount to adjust for the weight of the camera. Tighten each screw so it holds securely, but don’t over-tighten it. The camera should move easily, but stay in its placed position.
  2. Hold the HandlePod against any solid object with firm, steady pressure to secure it in place without movement. For hands-free operation, attach it in place using its readily available elastic cord.
  3. Use a remote release, or use a two second timer delay to fire the shutter. This is essential to avoid touching the camera and causing vibration.

It’s that simple. Any solid object can be used as a camera support by just holding HandlePod against it with your hand. It’s easy to keep the camera steady.

Prove it by following this simple test.

  • Turn off the camera monitor and look at the reflection of a bright object you see in the glass. Any shaking will be exaggerated and obvious in the reflected image, even if camera movement isn’t apparent.
  • Keep your hand steady and you’ll see that the camera doesn’t move. You will find that HandlePod will give you absolute camera stability using simple hand pressure.

A DSLR’s wide range of exposure options will work in any light. HandlePod® provides reliable stabilization for exposures from a few seconds to minutes or more using the “Bulb” setting. HandlePod opens up the possibility of creating long time exposures using a DSLR without the weight and bulk of carrying a tripod along to get the shot.

Bridge Cameras

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A Bridge Camera is a step between a DSLR and a point-and-shoot. It is smaller and lighter, yet features many of the same controls and exposure settings of a DSLR. Examples include the Canon Powershot® and the Nikon® Coolpix series.
However, lenses are not interchangeable and the eyepiece viewfinder is the frame monitor, not through-the-lens. Bridge Cameras usually have a limited maximum shutter time—ten to thirty seconds and no “Bulb” capability. But, their exposure control offers good low light level performance providing reliable stabilization. These cameras types are ideal for use with a HandlePod.

One feature of most Bridge Cameras is their extreme telephoto capability. Optical zoom can be as much as 20x, 40x or more (Digital Zoom extends it further, but is useless. So, turn Digital Zoom OFF). Extreme telephoto makes camera stability essential, particularly in low light.
HandlePod enables full use of zoom capability at night. Just hold the HandlePod against any solid support, and shoot using a low shutter speed for best results. These cameras all take video as well. HandlePod’s extra grip and improved stabilization allows smoother video when using extreme telephoto. This applies to video cameras as well. Some have an optical zoom of 50x or more.

Use the same adjustments and techniques for Bridge Cameras as used with DSLRs even though they weigh much less. They don’t offer a remote shutter release however. In this case a two-second timer delay is essential for long exposures. There are many small cameras with similar capabilities: mirrorless system cameras like Sony® NEX for example. All can benefit from the stabilized, long exposure possibilities that using HandlePod offers.

The Point-And-Shoot

HandSupHFrame.pngThis type of camera does mainly what its nickname implies—you point it, shoot it, and that’s it!
It is an Amateur’s tool used to memorialize birthdays, vacations and family events.
So why bother stabilizing it with an accessory like HandlePod? These cameras have capabilities that are worth exploring, and it is possible to get more out of them than the automatic-everything settings allow.
For example, use a lower ISO instead of letting it bump up to a grainy 3200 in low light. There’s usually no selectable shutter speed, but you can increase exposure in one or two stop increments.
Some will even bracket. Tripods are rarely used with this type of camera; but a small stabilization accessory like HandlePod, provides a number of significant advantages.

Point-And-Shoot cameras are small and difficult to hold steady. With no eyepiece viewfinder, you hold them away from your body in a less stable position. HandlePod provides an extra grip and more leverage to keep them in line. These cameras also have video capability, which can be shaky and dizzying if recorded un-stabilized. HandlePod’s extra gripping power keeps video smooth and shake free.

Low-light-camera-warning.pngThe automatic settings on these cameras will deliver a reasonable photo in low light; but even with the most efficient “steady shot”, these cameras cannot work miracles. That’s why they all have a low light warning, usually as a graphic showing a shaky hand that flashes in the monitor display.
This warning should be taken seriously, especially if your hands are not extremely steady. In this case, HandlePod will stabilize the camera instantly and reliably to deliver the best possible results using the smallest Point-And-Shoot. These cameras don’t have the controls available on a DSLR; but with reliable stabilization, they can deliver impressive results, even in low light.


HP+iStablizer+CellPhone.pngThe iPhone® and Android® Cell Phone lack a tripod thread, but an adaptor such as the iStabilizer® will attach HandlePod to any Smartphone. There are good reasons to do this.
It provides stability, as it does with a point-and-shoot; but phones being even smaller and lighter are harder to hold steady.
The additional stabilizing power of HandlePod is a plus, particularly for video. Smartphones lack sophisticated controls. They won’t handle extremely low light; and long exposures are not an option. Forget about moonlight and star trails. But, they do have a level of low light capability and stabilization is a necessary plus. One big advantage that a Smartphone has is when HandlePod is using it like a mini-tripod. You can set it on a table or flat surface for self-portraits or capturing video. You can attach it to vertical supports, even large ones, with its elastic cord. This takes the “selfie” beyond the usual arm’s length shot to include full length and group photos. If a smartphone is your camera of choice, HandlePod with an iStabilizer® Adaptor provides definite advantages.

The versatile HandlePod gives almost any type of camera more capability than it would otherwise have. Use HandlePod for instant stability on any available support object. Hold it by hand for greater leverage and more stable, shake-free stills and video. Attach it with the elastic cord or place it on a level surface for self-portraits or hands-free time exposures. No matter what camera you have, or how you intend to use it, HandlePod greatly expands your photographic options.

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