Our pick

Los Angeles Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

The Looq DG is the best self ie stick of all we tested. It has a wired con­nec­tion — it plugs into the smart­phone’s head­phone jack to trig­ger the shut­ter re­lease. That fea­ture is the Looq DG’s big­gest strength, be­cause it elim­i­nates the need for charg­ing or re­plac­ing bat­ter­ies and it doesn’t add Blue­tooth- con­nec­tion com­plex­ity. Com­pared with other wired self ie sticks we tested, it ex­tends to a longer length ( 45.5 inches), col­lapses to a shorter one ( about 1 foot) and weighs only frac­tions of an ounce more than the light­est stick of the bunch. Con­nect­ing the Looq DG to an iPhone or An­droid phone is as easy as it gets. A coiled ca­ble plugs into the hand­set’s head­phone jack. A but­ton on the stick’s han­dle trig­gers the shut­ter in your phone’s cam­era app as in­stan­ta­neously as if you’d tapped di­rectly on the phone’s screen. The Looq DG uses an ex­pand­able C- clamp that ad­justs from 2.2 inches to about 3.5 inches across enough for an iPhone 6 Plus in a case. In test­ing, the Looq DG’s grip was to­tally se­cure thanks to the clamp’s f irm ten­sion. The cra­dle is easily ad­justed us­ing a plas­tic knob to tighten and loosen the mount.

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