One of the enticing features of Apple’s iPhone is the fantastic camera. It competes with professional-grade DSLR’s and drowns the ‘point and shoot’ market like a litter of kittens in a plastic bag. The only problem is the ‘shaky-hand syndrome’ when shooting a photo or video.
One such company trying to ease this issue is WOXOM. Not too long ago they received backing after a very successful KickStarter project. The product? The SlingShot.
Very simple, both aesthetically and in terms of usability, it does almost everything it claims. Almost.
The first thing I noticed when I inserted my iPhone 5 into the rubberised grip was the fact that the camera is partially blocked, regardless of orientation. I tried the iPhone 4S and, of course, the issue was alleviated. However, one of the main attractions to this product was the fact that it was supposed to provide the ability to cater for devices of all shapes and sizes. What went wrong?
The second problem I noticed was that the ball-joint that allows the device orientation to be adjusted is very stiff. In fact it took quite some force before the SlingShot cradle actually moved at all.
Sure the cradle can be removed to fit onto your favorite tripod for those photogenic moments, but why purchase a cradle and tripod to only use half of what you pay for?
Hoping to add stability when shooting a video or snapping that perfect pic? Look no further – as long as you have a flat surface and don’t mind being stationary. I could not find any proof to back up the claims of improved stability compared to use without the SlingShot.
At almost $20 (approx £12.50), this is not exactly a premium purchase. However, if its something cheap you’re looking for then there are hundreds of other tripods out there that offer better functionality, build quality and craftsmanship at half the price.
Personally I would rather pay double for something I know will work perfect every time. GorillaPod anyone?
FSM Rating: 5/10