Review: Shoot Your Best Slo-Mo Videos with This Remote-Controlled iPhone Tripod

Review: Shoot Your Best Slo-Mo Videos with This Remote-Controlled iPhone Tripod

If you like to make movies with your iPhone, or take panorama photos, the Remote-Controlled Panorama Eyeball Head ($49.99) from Polaroid is a must-have accessory. First, not only is it darn cute, it's also well built. It collapses into a ball shape, hence the Eyeball Head name, but the three legs fold out to form a stable base. The top accommodates a standard tripod mounted camera, or most smartphones, even in a case, using a vise component with a threaded adjustment valve. It also includes an adapter for GoPro cameras.

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If it was just a tripod, that would be useful. But it's a motorized tripod that is controlled by the included remote control. You can alter the speed and direction of the camera or even set it to automatically pan back and forth like a sprinkler head. There's another trick the remote has. While it is an infrared remote, which means you have to have line of sight with the tripod, the Eyeball Head supports Bluetooth, so you can press a button on the remote which tells the Eyeball Head to send a signal to the smartphone to trigger the shutter. Once setup, it's pretty seamless and cool. 

Pros

  • Fun, cute design
  • Wireless control, including camera shutter
  • Well built
  • Reasonably priced
  • Works with any phone or GoPro

Cons

  • IR remote needs line of sight
  • Could lose remote or GoPro attachment
  • Microphone can pick up motor noise

Final Verdict

I really liked the Polaroid Remote-Controlled Panorama Eyeball Head's fun, cute design and that it is reasonably priced. I can imagine using this to take Super SloMo videos so they will be a lot steadier than if I held the phone.

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.