3 Best Smartphone Tripod Mounts

3 Best Smartphone Tripod Mounts


– Today’s smartphones shoot
incredible photos and videos, but to mount them on
a tripod requires some special accessories, so in
this video, I’m gonna be covering some of the best
budget options as well as some pro options for serious
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various accessories and gear that we talk about in this
video, so check those details out down there. Let’s jump into the video. So if you’re watching this
video, you probably already have a tripod or a GorillaPod of
some sort, but you’re looking for a mount so that you
can attach your smartphone, and so my first
recommendation is just kind of a budget mount off of Amazon. There’s a lot of different
solutions, and a lot of times they’re only five to 10
dollars, and they’re usually spring-loaded, or you can screw
them, and what you would do is just attach your smartphone in there. You’ve got the camera,
maybe front-facing camera, or your rear-facing camera,
and it goes right on top or your tripod, so whether
you have somebody helping you, maybe they’re filming
from behind the camera, or even in selfie mode
with the selfie camera on, I can put the phone up right
here, sit on this couch, and now I’m able to mount my phone. This particular mount is
actually an accessory that came with the kit that I ordered
recently, and it’s great but it’s a little bit limited
because it doesn’t offer you both vertical and horizontal. I mean it solves the problem
if you do plan on shooting in widescreen, but to get your
phone to vertical you would actually need to move your
tripod sideways to be able to, you know, mount that there. That’s why I would probably
recommend something like the Vastar Amazon mount. It’s the highest rated one,
it’s Amazon Choice, and it’s only eight dollars, and it’s
a little bit more like this MeFoto — it allows
you to mount your phone not just vertically, but
also go horizontally. So to get started with a smartphone mount, about eight to 10 dollars
is all you need, however, let’s move on to some of the
nicer options and talk about some of the features. So my second recommendation
and my personal favorite solution that I
use all the time is called the MeFoto SideKick360. Now, this is quite a bit more expensive. However, when it comes to
the aluminum construction, when it comes to the
functionality of the whole piece and the fact that I
livestream on the road, I livestream here, I use
this for shooting kind of selfie vlog content off
my phone, whether on Instagram stories, whether
doing Instagram ads, I use it for everything all the time. And so, that’s why having
one that kinda has a nice build quality that
you can take everywhere — if you plan on using it a
lot, I think it’s a good investment. However, if you’re looking
into the MeFoto SideKick360, realize that there’s two
different versions: there’s the regular version, and
there’s the Plus version. And so right here I’ve got
an iPhone 6, an iPhone 8. Both of these are kind of that
plus style of larger phone, so I use the MeFoto SideKick360 Plus. It also comes in multiple
different colors, so that’s super cool. You can usually save money
on the black a little bit because that’s probably
the highest-selling, but if you wanna kind of
vibe your setup, I’ve got the blue one here, and this
is what I use the most, and so a lot of times it’s
attached to a Joby GorillaPod. This is the 3K version right here. I could set this up and put a timer on and go livestream vertically,
record video vertically, but again it’s so smooth
to be able to just jump to horizontal like that,
and I think again in any mount that you want, this style is
what you should probably be looking for so you can alternate
between those two formats. Additionally, right now
I’ve got my Sofi camera here which is probably what I would
use for stories and whatnot so I could see myself. I’ve shot a lot of Instagram ads this way. I’ll use this MV88 microphone
and I’ll use this exact setup with this mount. And so it’s a really,
really versatile setup. And by the way, this is
on a Joby 3K GorillaPod with the nice functional kind
of ball head mount on here, so you can see how many little
micro-adjustments I have, how nice and easy to use this is. It’s super light. And all together this is
about a 40 dollar investment. This is a 35 dollar investment. So this is not a budget
setup, but again, I hammer use on this thing, and so if
you really want something you can depend on, I
would highly recommend the MeFoto SideKick. Alright, for number three,
let’s talk just for a minute about some smartphone
kinda video production, filmmaking mounts. Now this is the iOgrapher, and
what you get here obviously is a much more bulky solution. This is mounted on a Joby 5K GorillaPod. And so on here you have the
ability to attach accessories, and so we’ve got an LED
light up here, you’ve got a Cold Shoe to mount maybe a microphone. You’ve even got some quarter
20 threads on the side if you want to mount other accessories. And then some of these cases
even allow you to attach lenses and so this is a
telephoto lens that screws right on the front here. And so what you would do with
a rig like this is you could take your smartphone — this
is an iPhone 6 — and you just click it into place and
now you’re able to have it line right up with the camera
right there, shoot through, you could hold it if you were
to walk around like this, no tripod attached, it’s kind
of a filmmaking rig case. Or mount it on a tripod like
this for your home office or home video production type of shooting. Maybe you do wanna mount
your light, your audio, and everything on one rig,
you can’t really do that with a MeFoto, and so consider
something like the iOgrapher. Now, the iOgrapher’s
been around for a while. They have iPad versions,
iPad Mini versions, and they always kinda update
it so that it actually matches the specific phone, but
pricing on that, this guy is like 60 dollars before
even getting lenses or even any other accessories, and
so another recommendation is there’s a lot of
different brands out there — look at the U-Rig Pro
smartphone video rig. That comes in at 18 dollars. It really doesn’t need to be fancy. All you need to be able to
do is mount it on a tripod and kind of have a rig for
holding it or for putting those accessories on the device. The downside of course
is something like this, is it’s much larger, so if you don’t need all of these accessories,
if you don’t need to take it to this level, this is
what I take when I travel, but it is nice to have a
more substantial setup if you really plan to do some
heavy content creation with your smartphone. So we’ve covered a couple
different options for smartphone tripod mounts, but maybe you’re
actually still looking for a tripod, maybe a proper
tripod like this for travel, something like a GorillaPod,
or a tabletop tripod for livestreaming from
home or from the office so if you wanna check out our
whole playlist and really our tripod series, I’ll link
that up on the YouTube card and post it in the description below. Question of the day: do you
have any recommendations for smartphone tripod mounts? Post those in the comment
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