What’s the best self ie stick?
More than a tourist gimmick, the devices help compose photos taken by smartphone.
It’s the Looq DG, which plugs into the phone’s headphone jack to trigger the shutter release.
Let’s get this out of the way upfront: No one truly needs a selfie stick. But they can be somewhat useful. To f ind the best selfie stick, we put in 20 hours of research, brought in 20 models for testing and took dozens of selfies in various conditions, including at a frozen- over Niagara Falls. If you can’t stop yourself from buying one, we found Looq Systems’ Looq DG ($ 20) to be the best option for most people. Why a selfie stick?
A selfie stick isn’t just a silly tourist gimmick. Used the right way, it lets you take the kinds of shots that would otherwise require another person to capture. A stick can position your smartphone farther away than arm’s length, avoiding the “head f illing the shot” look and giving you more control over how much background is in the image. Also, an extended arm is going to be visible in a selfie, but a properly positioned selfie stick isn’t. How we picked and tested
We looked only at selfie sticks that could trigger photos remotely ( via a wired connection or Bluetooth), didn’t require a mobile app to function and were compatible with various sizes of iPhones and Android phones.
Because travel convenience is an important consideration, we favored sticks that shrunk down to shorter lengths for easier packing and were lighter for easier carrying.
But we also valued those that were the longest when extended, as a longer stick allows for wider shots.
We tested the security of each stick’s cradle by shaking the stick around with a smartphone installed. ( Commendably, no phones fell to their doom with any of the sticks we tested.)
We also tested the ease with which we could adjust the angle of a phone while in each stick’s cradle. Runners- up
If our top pick is sold out, or if you want to save a few dollars, pick up a wired selfie stick from either Ipow or Noot. For about $ 15, you get the same general functionality as you would from the Looq DG, though there are some minor differences.
The Ipow and Noot have a cradle design ( commonly found in other selfie sticks) that’s not quite as easy to use, and each is longer compacted, and shorter expanded, than the Looq DG. The two sticks’ handles are also slightly different. The Ipow has a ribbed- rubber texture while the Noot is more of a hard foam, though neither is preferable to the other. Wrapping it up
Looq Systems’ Looq DG provides an easy way to take better selfies or group photos without the need for batteries or inconvenient recharging; it collapses to a short length and extends to a long length; and it’s reasonably priced.
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