This smartphone tripod mount lets you use your Apple Watch as a selfie screen

Nov 27, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

This smartphone tripod mount lets you use your Apple Watch as a selfie screen

Nov 27, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Smartphone vlogging has gotten quite popular over the last couple of years, but it has one big flaw. Not with all phones, but most of them. And that’s that you can’t use your high-quality rear camera if you want to see your composition. You’re stuck using the selfie camera which isn’t always that great.

Well, now, thanks to the new Ulanzi ST-09, if you use an iPhone and have an Apple Watch, you can mount the two back-to-back so that you can use the better quality rear camera on your phone and see a live view preview at the same time.

Like most smartphone tripod mounts, there’s a 1/4-20″ threaded socket underneath. It expands up to let you slip in your phone and then clamps down on it with a spring-loaded mechanism. On the top there’s a cold shoe, allowing you to attach a microphone or a small LED light. But what makes this one unique is the Apple Watch mount on the back.

It’s designed specifically for the Apple Watch Series 5, so if you have an older one, then it won’t fit. The newer Apple Watch Series 6, however, has exactly the same form factor as the Series 5, so it should also fit just perfectly.

Of course, nobody’s suggesting you go out and buy an iPhone and an Apple Watch just for vlogging, but with the number of vloggers (or would-be-vloggers) out there that already own both of these devices, it makes sense to spend the $20 and pick one of these up. If you don’t own either, then you’re probably better off just getting a 4K mirrorless camera with a flippy out LCD and using that.

The Ulanzi ST-09 is available to buy now for a discounted introductory price of $19.95 (regular price is $29.95) from the Ulanzi website. I expect it’ll start popping up on Amazon and the usual places soon.

[via Gizmodo]

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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3 responses to “This smartphone tripod mount lets you use your Apple Watch as a selfie screen”

  1. Shachar Weis Avatar
    Shachar Weis

    Why not use the front facing camera….

    1. Venelin Atanasov Avatar
      Venelin Atanasov

      Shachar Weis for.better quality

  2. Albin Avatar
    Albin

    Not big on selfies, but I think I could get interested in a Bluetooth EVF snapping on to the other side for sunny days.