HandlePod is nothing like any camera support that has ever existed. First of all it has four tiny rubber-tipped feet instead of three long legs. It is handle shaped, not tripod shaped. And the camera mount is set way to the side instead of centered. What’s going on? It all comes down to how HandlePod is used:
- It is designed to join your camera firmly to absolutely any solid object with just your hand.
- The four feet will straddle rounded or cornered objects to give four points of contact. This provides a more solid connection, especially on vertical supports.
- The camera mount positioned to the side is designed for use on vertical objects. The slotted, offset mount allows you to orient the camera horizontally with plenty of clearance. There is no interference between the camera and the support.
All these design features are intended for use on man-made objects with flat, rounded or cornered surfaces—poles, railings, buildings and such. If you want to stabilize your camera on a jagged rock, then not so much. But with careful positioning it is possible to hold the HandlePod solidly against the most uneven surface with reliable stability. The handle shape allows you to comfortably press the HandlePod against literally any support object for tripod-like stability. There is no need to limit supports to things that are small enough to attach a device using clamps, straps, flexible legs or other mechanism. It means you can stabilize your camera on anything no matter how large by simply using your hand. This opens up a world of possibilities for low light, long exposure photography, time lapse video or any other technique that requires dependable camera stability—all without a tripod. To say that looks are deceiving certainly applies to HandlePod. It does not look like anything ever used before to support a camera. But how it LOOKS is definitely less important that what it will DO!