I’m all about gadgets and doodads that have specific functions, are easy to use, and actually help me do something better. I’ve been seeing one gadget in particular at tech conferences lately that really caught my eye. The telescopic XShot camera extender ($29.95) is a simple […]

XShot-2.0 Product Photo hiresI’m all about gadgets and doodads that have specific functions, are easy to use, and actually help me do something better. I’ve been seeing one gadget in particular at tech conferences lately that really caught my eye.

The telescopic XShot camera extender ($29.95) is a simple but “wow” device that allows you to mount your digital camera and then extend it away from you so you can include yourself in the pictures. At conferences, however, the clever device is being used by attendees to raise their cameras above the heads of a crowd or audience to more easily capture footage of speakers onstage or simply get a more interesting view of the room. The XShot 2.0 gives you as little as 9 inches and up to 3 feet of extension.

XShot iPhone Case with Tripod - FrontXShot has also come out with a new device that is equally as useful in a thump-on-the-head “why didn’t I think of that!” way. The XShot iPhone Case ($29.95 ) fits iPhone 3G and 3GS and features a tripod mount to quickly and easily attach your iPhone to a tripod (such as my favorite Gorillapod) — or the XShot Camera Extender — to get the same added functionality as you would with a regular digital camera. The tripod mount isn’t a separate attachment but already built right into the case, which is perfect for me because I always lose extra attachments and peripherals.

Right now, you can only preorder the iPhone case at XShot.com; the new product will be available starting in November. You can also pre-order an XShot and iPhone Case bundle for $44.95.

And rumor has it XShot is coming out with yet another device in the near future — a micro version of its XShot 2.0 that is smaller and lighter, but still highly functional.

What is your current favorite “must-have” gadget?

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  1. Am I being stupid here?

    If something is 3 feet away, how do you press the shutter?* How do you know you’ve got a great shot?

    *Yeah, use the timer, but holding that away from you for 30 seconds at a time..?

    I don’t know, it seems like a nice idea, but I think the execution is somewhat flawed. The handle doesn’t look too comfortable to hold for long periods of time.

    1. Yes, I guess you’re supposed to use the timer, or a remote release if your camera can use one.

      I suppose you can just keep taking pics till you get a good one. Also, many cameras have flip out screens now. I agree that it’s probably not as straightforward as it could be.

    2. When you use it on video mode, no timer issue… pretty cool.

  2. Meryl K. Evans Monday, October 12, 2009

    I took a bunch of self-portraits with the X-shot and it worked great. People were surprised they were self-portraits. My timer has different options… go off in 3 secs, 10 secs, etc. Plus, I put it on repeat shots so I can change places between shots. Yeah, I shot A LOT and deleted the bad ones.


  3. Personally, I’ve perfected the art of taking those funky arms-length self portraits so what really attracted me to this was holding the camera above the heads of a crowd at events. You can brace your arm better using the tripod and get a better shot, even hold it through a performance or keynote.

  4. Wow ? – you can do the same thing with a lightweight quality tripod. Just pull out one of the legs
    and turn the camera mount in your direction…..then donate the 29.95 you save to a good charity.
    Think how you will feel both good and clever.

    1. Not really. With the XShot, you can move it without getting up or reaching over while it’s running on video or multiple shots. But that’s a great option for those needing something like that.

  5. Meryl, I meant just use one leg of the tripod just like the Xshot. Don’t use it like a tripod, pick it up an extend it.
    Your picture of your Dad and the Good Humor truck brought back wonderful memories.
    Thank you.

    1. That makes better sense. Get your ice cream, here! I love that photo of my dad. Thanks for looking.

    2. But you won’t extend up to 3 feet, get a nice background and a lot of friends in the picture if you want to… I liked the Charity donation idea though!

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  7. Colin Carmichael Thursday, October 15, 2009

    Isn’t this just an upside-down monopod? I use a monopod A LOT – it’s easier to move around than a tripod and much lighter for hoisting over crowds, etc.

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  9. I like SEJAT T-200L because
    I have always been the photographer in my family so I am rarely in a picture. I recently took the SEJAT T-200L to Disneyland and now the whole family gets in the picture! I just kept my camera attached to it the whole time.

    Xshot is good ,but kind with same spec and quantities , I prefet SEJAT T-200L for much lower price

  10. That is… pointless. I just can’t picture that being useful at all.

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