Don’t you just love technology? A few years ago, you would have to ask a stranger to take a photo of you with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Nowadays, you can capture better photos from unique angles using an XShot camera extender. No doubt, this is a product that has become a must for any traveler. If you’re not familiar with the XShot camera extender, then my friend, you are missing out on the benefits of this valuable tool. XShot camera extenders like the XShot Pro and XShot 2.0 have become as ubiquitous as iPhones and Android phones among today’s younger generation. Although XShot did not really invent the selfie stick—Minolta had one way back in 1983— it has produced the most popular line of camera extenders today. So what can you expect from an XShot camera extender? Let us take a closer look at the XShot 2.0 as well as the other camera extenders from the company such as the XShot Pro.
xShot Camera Extender ~ xShot 2.0 Camera Extender
The XShot 2.0 camera extender is a nine-inch stick that can extend up to 37 inches, or around three feet. This lightweight selfie stick weighs just 1.25 pounds. It connects all point and shoot cameras. Since it is only nine inches when collapsed, the XShot 2.0 is portable enough to be stored inside a backpack. This is a nice camera extender that you can use when traveling, camping, or hiking. And it’s not really for outdoor use as you can make use of this camera extender for parties, concerts, and when taking family photos, or just about any occasion when there’s no one to take your photos, or when everyone in the family wants to be on the photo.
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You don’t need to be a techie in order to take great photos (and even videos) using this camera extender. Simply screw your camera or camcorder on to one end of the XShot 2.0, then tilt the camera and lock it in place. The camera or camcorder should not be more than 24 ounces in weight. Pull open to extend the rod up to 37 inches. Now you can extend this camera away from you, allowing you to capture a wider background. And there is absolutely no need to ask a stranger to take photos of you and your companions!
It’s quite cheap too, with a price of around $35. Of course, if you can buy a point and shoot camera that’s worth a hundred bucks, why can’t you buy a camera extender for a lot less right? However, the XShot 2.0 isn’t perfect. The most common complaint about this camera extender is that the head section flops quite a bit, making the camera move forward and backward. And it’s not designed for smartphones and cellphones—which says a lot because many of us take photos using our iPhones and Android phones.
GoPro Camera Extenders
The XShot 2.0 isn’t the only camera extender in the catalogue of XShot. It also has the XShot Pro camera extender for GoPro cameras. GoPro cameras are compact and lightweight action camcorders that are used for capturing photos and videos outdoors. These cameras are ideal for extreme action photography thanks to the rugged construction, waterproof frame, and WiFi compatibility. And unlike most cellphones, these cameras can capture high definition photos and videos.
The XShot Pro is particularly designed to be compatible with GoPro cameras. It can also be used with other compact digital cameras. When it is collapsed, it is shorter than the XShot 2.0 as it only measures 7 inches long. But when it is fully stretched, the XShot Pro measures 32 inches which can let you capture photos with many subjects and a wider background. There are a lot of things to like in this camera extender. One is that it is very compact and lightweight. It only weighs 7 ounces, and as mentioned, measures seven inches in length. You can take this camera extender anywhere you go – whether you are off to a three-day hike or you would spend your time in the beach.
It’s also very simple and easy to operate. Simply pull it out to extend to 32 inches, and you don’t have to deal with locks, rings, or twists. It is not surprising that it has become the camera of choice of outdoor adventurists like surfers, hikers, snowboarders, cyclists and just about anyone who has an active lifestyle. The common complaint or issue that users have with this camera extender is that it moves a lot, so oftentimes they are left with shaky footages. If you are not satisfied with the length of the XShot Pro, you can opt for the XShot 2.0 for GoPro camera extender pole. This camera extender can stretch up to 38 inches, or half a feet longer than the XShot Pro.
Handheld Monopods for Travel Photography
XShot specializes in handheld monopods for travel photography. Unlike tripods, handheld monopods are compact and easy to carry. Handheld monopods are also easier to set up compared to tripods. And aside from being less expensive, handheld monopods require little space to use effectively so you can use these camera extenders anywhere—whether you are in the crowded streets of Manhattan or in the vastness of the Sahara desert. Aside from the three XShot camera extenders mentioned above, there’s the new XShot Selfie Stick that includes a Bluetooth compatible wireless remote and expandable phone holder to accommodate larger phones like the iPhone 6 Plus. The XShot Selfie Stick extends to 31 inches and collapses to 7.5 inches.
Then there’s the Pocket XShot camera extender that closes to 6.5 inches and extends to 30.5 inches. It sells for less than $30. XShot has singlehandedly made the production and distribution of camera extenders a multi-million dollar industry. And thanks to this company, travelers like yourself can capture awesome photos anytime and anywhere with the help of an XShot camera extender.