Tech Tools: ShoulderPod R1 Pro

Ties equipment together without being bulky

ShoulderPod R1 Pro: €90

ShoulderPod R1 Pro: €90

 

As mobile phones have become more powerful and the technology has progressed, they are increasingly being used instead of standalone cameras. They’re popping up more as professional tools, too. Remember Apple’s “shot on iPhone” campaign? Or the number of videos and images that are shot on smartphones and used in newspapers and on TV news bulletins? But there are limitations to the devices. You may need extra lighting, or a more professional microphone. All that requires some way to tie the equipment together without being bulky. Enter Shoulderpod R1 Pro: beautifully designed and simple to use, with the extra space needed to hook up your smartphone, microphone and lighting equipment. It has one mounting plate, two handles and two knobs that allow you fit accessories to the rig; the entire thing can be attached to a tripod. The smartphone grip is sold separately. Shoulderpod.com