Objects of Desire: Shoulderpod S1

November 26, 2014

By Greg Scoblete

While there is no shortage of photographic accessories clamoring for your smartphone’s attention, the Shoulderpod might just be worth a spot on the belt or gear bag of a smartphone videographer. A versatile stabilizer forged from “aerospace- grade” aluminum, the S1 clamps securely onto your phone with a pressurized thumbscrew and V-shaped rubberized plates. Smartphones and “phablets” like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with a width between 1.8 and 3.6 inches will fit inside the clamps, even inside many cases (Shoulderpod cautions that smartphones housed in large waterproof or external battery cases may exceed the S1’s maximum width). After you’ve secured your phone in the clamps, you can mount the S1 to a standard tripod or slider with its 1⁄4-20 threaded base. Pop the S1 off your tripod, add the aluminum grip extension and suede wrist strap and you’ve turned it into a handheld stabilizer for run-and-gun filming. For its third and final trick, remove the grip extension and place the S1 on a table in either portrait or landscape mode. It’s now functioning as a phone stand or mini tripod. You can use the wrist strap to hang the S1 off your belt or bag when not in use.
PRICE: $35 (direct)