By John Painter on Sun, 01/17/2010
For awhile now I’ve been using a small device which pays big dividends to iPhone 2G and 3G users who need a stable platform either for photography or videography.
Enter the U+3G iPhone holder for $8.95 plus S&H available from G Design LLC. The U+3G iPhone holder is a plastic shoe which you can slip either your 2G or 3G/3Gs into and is held in place by friction. It is really a simple and rugged design - I’ve been swapping a 2G and 3G in and out for a couple months now, toting it around (minus the iPhone) in the back of my car and all over the place. The shoe accepts a standard ¼ inch tripod base screw so you can attach a variety of things now to your iPhone.
Take a look at the photo of my iPhone 3G, a bit over the top? I think not!
When I first got ahold of my U+3G iPhone holder I was a little skeptical how it would hold up because of how lite it is, but according to Herb Velazquez of G Desisign LLC the U+3G iPhone holder is made out of a “ABS - acrylonitrile butadine styrene. It is a common plastic that has high impact resistance.” Which makes it virtually indestructible, at least as far as I can tell, I have been lugging it around in my car and toting around in the field for some time now. It's amazing.
So why am I gaga over this $8.95 piece of plastic? Aside from the fact I always appreciate simplicity of design, it is only $8.95!
More importantly it helps to transform the iPhone into something I think over the coming year we’re going to be seeing and hearing a lot more about – iPhone photography and videography.
Why? Because aside from every You Tube junky, journalist, real estate agent, high school football coach and anyone else who knows the power of photography and videography, there's a growing genra of iPhone art and video out there. Let me break it down a bit further.
The implications for photography, especially when running an excellent camera app like ProCamera ($1.99) should be self evident, but if not take a look at these two photo’s of Fall foliage I took with my iPhone 2G running ProCamera mounted to my tripod with the U+3G iPhone holder recently accepted at the Giorgi Gallery Pixels At An Exhibition—The Art of the iPhone. There's no doubt I got lucky with my work being accepted, but I know I would not have got a super stable shot without the U+3G iPhone holder and hands off timer in ProCamera.
But where I really start to drool is when I use the U+3G iPhone holder and the two latest Apple legit video recorders for iPhone 2G and 3G models. My current favorite is iVideoCamera (.99) which works with 2G & 3G! But not to be outdone is the ShowTime (.99) app (works only with 3G) attached to my hand mount and tripod. Take a look at my latest You Tube side by side comparison of the most recent updates of these two apps to get more of a sense of what I’m talking about.
For certain using the right app will make a big difference in the quality of the video you shoot, since frame rate and audio make a big difference. However you can not under estimate the difference image stabilization and fluid camera movement will make in the quality of your video – this is where even low quality 320 x 426 video can take on a more professional look.
My bottom line is the U+3G iPhone holder + ProCamera + iVideoCamera = great video and photography on your iPhone!