The monopod has long been a popular device for taking a variety of group and personal photos. It is convenient to take it on vacation to capture the memory of the entire company with which you are resting at the same time. Also, such devices are widely used for personal shooting. Well, in this publication I will make a small review of the budget model of a monopod with a Bluetooth remote control.
- Brief specifications
- Packaging and equipment
- Functionality and features
- Bluetooth remote control
- Folded length: 180mm
- Length in maximum unfolded position: 700 mm
- Maximum smartphone width for fixing: 90mm
- Weight: 115 g.
Packaging and equipment
The device comes in a regular carton package, pre-packed in plastic wrap. There was nothing in the kit except the instructions, but later it turned out that the seller had put an already installed battery in the control panel.
The instruction is traditionally executed in Chinese and English, but I think it is not particularly needed.
In the folded position, the device has a length of 180 millimeters, it is quite compact and, if necessary, can be carried in a wide pocket. It is also worth noting the good hard plastic from which the device is made. In the event of a fall, or any impact, in my opinion, the monopod will be difficult to damage.
Functionality and features
Enumerating the capabilities of this device, I will start from its lower part, where a standard threaded connection is installed, on which, if necessary, you can screw a tripod or other necessary equipment. I will also add that the seller from whom I purchased the monopod now only has models with a built-in tripod, but for those who need it, I will add a link to exactly the same model as in the review. In my opinion, now it is more rational to take a monopod already with a built-in tripod, it is absolutely the same, only it has the ability to transform the handle into a tripod.
The latches that directly hold the smartphone slide out simply and effortlessly, each of the latches has an insert made of a special material. The material of the inserts is both durable and feels like fabric, so you should not worry about damaging your smartphone from a monopod.
Directly the smartphone holder itself is set to the angle you need with characteristic clicks, with each click, the holder is independently fixed in a predetermined position.
As for the clamping spring, it is really very tight and you will have to fix the smartphone with a certain effort, but this is more of a plus than a minus.
I used the device with my POCO X3 smartphone with a weight of 215 grams and a width of 76.8 mm plus a case. The smartphone sits well in the monopod, I did not observe any prerequisites for a breakdown or fall.
I will add that at the maximum extension the telescopic part of the device sags a little, but sagging can also be observed even on more expensive models.
To check the reliability of fixing the smartphone in the device, I conducted a small experiment and made sure that with strong shakes or circular movements of the hand at the maximum extension of the telescopic tube, the smartphone does not fly out, but it is still better to use the device for its intended purpose.
But the obvious disadvantages include a rather large angle of rotation around its axis at maximum extension. Such a rotation is available on almost all such devices, but here it is quite large. When using it does not cause any particular inconvenience, but still I would like to avoid it.
But when folded, the above-mentioned rotation is absent due to a simple position lock.
Bluetooth remote control
The control panel is located on the handles of the monopod, it is made in the form of a small detachable button, which is very convenient when using the device as a tripod (in case of ordering a new model with a transformable handle).
Inside the button there is a small chip and a slot for a CR 1632 battery.
To connect the remote control to a smartphone, you need to hold down the button for 3–4 seconds, after which the blue LED will light up, then on the smartphone we find the remote control via Bluetooth (the device is called SelfieCom) and make a connection. In the future, after turning on the remote control connects to the smartphone in just a couple of seconds, which is very convenient. The remote control is also turned off by long pressing the button.
Bought here — Now there is only a convertible model of the tripod handle.
Model as in the review
In general, I am satisfied with the device, the device combines a low price and quite good quality, I use it with my smartphone and do not worry about it. I would also like to note a convenient remote control, which greatly expands the functionality and helps to take more interesting photos. I purchased it as a more compact device, since my main monopod, which I use, is quite large and it is not always convenient to take it with me. By the way, I also did a review on it, which can be viewed at the link. Well, that’s all, dear readers, thank you for your attention.