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SteadePod Compact SteadePod

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Product Highlights
  • Sharp Photos Without a Tripod
  • Low-Light Photos Without Blurring

The Compact SteadePod is a unique camera support device that helps you get sharper photos, with less blurring in your pictures. It resembles a stainless-steel tape measure--you attach one end to your camera, pull the retractable 6' steel cable down to the ground, hold it with your foot, and the slight tension on the cable gives you a steady camera position. Easy to carry and quick to set up, the SteadePod is great for low-light situations and working with telephoto and zoom lenses on digital cameras and video.

Compact and lightweight
Fast and easy setup--use anytime
1/4" x 20 standard thumbscrew to mount to camera
6' (1.8 m) stainless-steel cable retracts into the SteadePod
Universal footpad also anchors to belt loop or shoe lace
Swivels for landscape or portrait photos
Makes tack-sharp long exposure shots and long telephoto or zoom shots possible
Goes wherever you and your camera go, when tripods can't
Weight 4.8 oz (136 g)
SteadePod Compact SteadePod
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    Compact SteadePod
     
    3.4

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    71%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (7)
    • Adjustable (3)
    • Folds away (3)
    • Stable (3)

    Cons

    • Poor quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Sports/action (5)
    • Travel (5)
    • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Night shots (3)
    • Stable (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (5), Pro photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A great idea but limited

    Easy to use and well constructed. The premiss is that with enough tension you can cut down on camera shake. It does only for about one to two stops slower. The manufactures comments...Read complete review

    Easy to use and well constructed. The premiss is that with enough tension you can cut down on camera shake. It does only for about one to two stops slower. The manufactures comments seem over stated. Tripods, mono pods still your best best.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good idea, poor quality

    I wanted to use this with my Flip. I shoot video twice a week at often-crowded performances. It is light and convenient to have in a pocket. However, it never retracted well,...Read complete review

    I wanted to use this with my Flip. I shoot video twice a week at often-crowded performances. It is light and convenient to have in a pocket. However, it never retracted well, at all. I noticed this at the store but I am careful person and thought I could deal with it. I am totally disappointed with this piece of plastic and long string, which is all it is now. I only used it five times. I hope they improve the quality because I could really use something like this.... that works.

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    5.0

    good product for shaky hands

    By .

    from Lexington, KY

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Stabilizing

      Comments about Compact SteadePod:

      pretty good design, easy to use and functions as designed

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Helpful

      By Mona

      from Rawdon, Quebec, Canada

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Compact SteadePod:

            Always on my apn for now on. Easy to use, very helpful, since I do not like a tripod.

            The only thing, I am not sure if it is good for tall person. I'm 5feet and the wire is just fine for me.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            A tripod in your pocket

            By FAW

            from Highland Park, IL

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Stabilizing

              Comments about Compact SteadePod:

              Steadies the camera for slower shutter speed shots.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Alternative

              By JuliaGulia

              from Riverside, CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Great Concept
              • Small

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Stabilizing
                • Supporting Camera

                Comments about Compact SteadePod:

                Love this little gadget! It's small, discreet and fits in my front pocket when I'm not using it. Lately, I have figured out a system that works really well for me which is, looping the foot pad on my belt loop so that I can walk around and compose my shots without needed to step on the thing and readjust.

                I highly recommend every photographer having one in their bag.

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                • No

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                This is a useless rubbish

                By sam

                from Australia

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Compact SteadePod:

                      wire will not retract after few months.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Great accessory

                      By eyalfr

                      from Sunnyvale,ca

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fits in pocket
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Mode switching is hard

                      Best Uses

                      • Traveling
                      • Video shooting

                      Comments about Compact SteadePod:

                      Great product! very easy to work with, small fits in a pocket, just great invention!!!

                      Cons: switching between the modes (locked, adjust/retract, and extend), is not seamless.

                      Improvement suggestion: Would be nice if would be a snap on rather than attach with the screw, or instead attach a thin screw holder which the steadePod attaches to with a quick snap on for quick operation.

                      Overall, well worth the cost. You can shoot video (or stills), with much better stability but without the need of tripod or monopod.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      works as advertised

                      By John

                      from NYC, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Compact SteadePod:

                          The user needs to exert minimum tension to keep camera steady however, the user also needs to concentrate NOT to sway to the side. Now I'm leaving my tri/monopods at home.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Great concept and price, but fragile

                          By BD

                          from San Francisco, CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Cheap
                          • Fits in camera bag
                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Compact SteadePod:

                            I like it better than a monopod because it is effectively self-leveling and trivially easy to switch from a horizontal to a vertical shot. With a monopod, if I move slightly to one side to get a better shot I have to reposition the whole thing to keep the camera level, and if it isn't perfectly vertical I can't push down very hard to keep it steady. The SteadePod has no such problems. Just pull up, compose, and shoot. It is fragile however. [...] I have had the replacement unit fail to retract the cable only to discover later that it fixed itself during an airplane flight. It may not be 100% reliable but it comes with a "lifetime service policy" from the manufacturer.

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                            • No

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            stability

                            By bj

                            from scottsdale, az.

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Compact SteadePod:

                              surprisingly effective. tucking under my belt is actually at least as effective as under my foot....it allows easier camera change of composition.

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                              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              It's okay

                              By HealeyGuy

                              from Eugene, OR

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Folds Small
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Somewhat awkward

                              Best Uses

                              • Travel
                              • Video
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Compact SteadePod:

                              It does help in holding the camera more steady. It's light weight and small. It's priced right. Unlike another reviewer I didn't find it too cheaply made. It should last until the spring in the automatic rewinder gives out. This method takes some getting used to and several seconds to set. There will be times when I'm glad to have it for it's portability. Won't get used a lot.

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                              (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              Returned this Item

                              By David

                              from DE, USA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Weak Construction

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Compact SteadePod:

                                  Poor constuction! Made out of plastic! Cheaply made!

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                                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  A great idea but limited

                                  By ckpics

                                  from New Haven, Ct

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Sports/Action

                                    Comments about Compact SteadePod:

                                    Easy to use and well constructed. The premiss is that with enough tension you can cut down on camera shake. It does only for about one to two stops slower. The manufactures comments seem over stated. Tripods, mono pods still your best best.

                                    Share this review

                                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    1.0

                                    Great Concept but Poorly Made!

                                    By David

                                    from Middletown, DE & Myrtle Beach, SC

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                      • Unstable
                                      • Weak Construction

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Night Shots
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Travel
                                      • Video
                                      • Wildlife

                                      Comments about Compact SteadePod:

                                      Great Concept but Poorly Made! [...]Made totally out of plastic! 3 screws hold the unit togeather and all 3 were sheared-off [...] If this product could be made and machined well it would be a great asset to any photographer...

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                                      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      1.0

                                      Good idea, poor quality

                                      By KMS

                                      from New York city

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                      • Bad retraction mechanism
                                      • Weak Construction

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Video
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Compact SteadePod:

                                      I wanted to use this with my Flip. I shoot video twice a week at often-crowded performances. It is light and convenient to have in a pocket. However, it never retracted well, at all. I noticed this at the store but I am careful person and thought I could deal with it. I am totally disappointed with this piece of plastic and long string, which is all it is now. I only used it five times. I hope they improve the quality because I could really use something like this.... that works.

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