For this week’s Tech Tuesday episode, I’ve received two items in the post. The first is a small folding tripod by *German* accessory manufacturer Hama – and I’m a fan of their full-size tripods already. It’s the ideal product for my Vlogging needs and will sit in my camera bag from now on. My second purchase was a 3-axis spirit level that attaches to your camera’s hot shoe (or cold shoe). I also explain the concepts of “hot shoe” and “cold shoe” for the uninitiated.
Whatup nerds? I’m Jay Shareef.
Welcome to another episode of Tech Tuesdays.
Every Tuesday, I make a video talking about whatever
tech or gadgets I’ve bought in the last week.
And I’ve had two deliveries in the last
seven days, so let’s talk about them both.
The first item I bought was a small folding tripod by Hama.
If you don’t already know, Hama is a well-known Canadian company
that makes accessories for cameras.
And I actually own two full-size Hama tripods already.
The reason I bought this third one is because it’s incredibly light and portable.
And I think it will be perfect for my vlogging camera.
When folded, this tripod is just a few millimetres thick.
It’s really, really lightweight and I can easily
throw it in my camera bag and forget about it.
However, when the time comes it will turn into
a sturdy little tripod for all my action cameras.
In fact, it could easily cope with any
camera up to about 600 grammes.
It’s also got the standard quarter inch screw thread,
so it will work with the majority of cameras.
So, that’s my first gadget for this week:
the Hama folding tripod.
The second item that arrived is, I will admit, a little bit niche.
But if you’re someone who uses a camera regularly,
then this is going to appeal to you for sure.
It’s a three-axis spirit level that can be attached
to your camera’s hot shoe or cold shoe mount.
For those not familiar with the jargon,
a “shoe” is the square part at the top of cameras
where you can attach things
like flash bulbs and microphones.
A “hot shoe” has electrical connections inside that
connect the camera to the microphone or flash bulb.
Which means you don’t always need an additional wired connection.
A “cold shoe” has no electrical connection inside.
It’s just there to attach accessories.
So my Sony camera has a hot shoe.
I can connect various Sony microphones to this,
and it will record the sound directly from the
microphone attachment through the hot shoe.
On the other hand, my DJI Osmo Action
sits inside this camera cage.
And the camera cage has a couple of cold shoe mounts.
I can attach accessories to these mounts, but
all they will do is hold those accessories in place.
There’s no electronic connection.
So, if I attach a microphone to a cold shoe mount,
I still need to plug that microphone
into the camera as well using a wire.
My new accessory, the three-axis spirit level,
is designed to be attached to the hot
or cold shoe mount above a camera.
And you can use it to see whether your camera is level.
If it isn’t level, then it will help you make the necessary adjustments.
I think I’m going to find this especially useful because,
quite frankly, I’m sick of coming home after a day of filming
only to discover all my footage looks wonky!
You can usually fix that in editing.
But it’s a bit of a pain.
And usually involves losing some of your picture quality.
So this three-axis spirit level is going to be really helpful.
And if you want to buy one of these or
the folding tripod I showed you earlier then
the links will be in the description below.
What I need to do now is give it a try, because
some of the Amazon reviews were quite negative.
Will it fit?
OK, it fits just fine but…
…it will slip out very easily.
It will slip out really…
You see, the thing is, when you’ve
got something like this microphone,
it’s got a little cold shoe attachment at the bottom.
What’s supposed to happen is you slide it into
the mount and then you tighten it up, OK?
And it should, once you’ve tightened
it up, be totally secure in place.
Yep, there we go. So that’s done.
It’s not going anywhere.
But this three-axis spirit level doesn’t
have any way to tighten it. So I mean…
Let’s just put it in there…
Maybe I’ve put it in the wrong direction
Yeah, that’s not that’s not gonna go in that way.
OK, so it fits that way quite easily.
But it will fall out.
I suppose you’re only supposed to use it temporarily
whilst your camera is on a tripod,
for example, or something similar.
Let’s try it in the Sony camera.
OK, in here, in the Sony camera, it’s a hell of a lot tighter.
And it will not fall out easily. So that’s pretty good.
I suspect these particular hot shoes are not
crafted to the same tolerances and quality
as the shoe in the expensive £1000 Sony camera.
This is a £1000 Sony camera.
This is a £30 camera cage.
So, all right still a useful device.
Still highly recommended.
I can see this being very useful to me out in the field.
Yeah, that’s pretty cool. I like it.
So this has been another episode of Tech Tuesdays.
I’ll be back again next week with more.