Originally Posted by brunerww
You're right, Bill. Sometimes simple is good. I have another little $12 pistol grip/tripod
that I use when I'm on the road. This might be a better choice for a vblogger:
I like that one! Maybe $2500 for a camera that is made so compact you need a $25 handle to get it steady!
I was reminded yesterday how important handles, monopods or tripods can be.
I was asked to attend a funeral. My granddaughters (the ones I brag are part of SS&G Productions) were coerced into singing "Amazing Grace" while standing in front of their Great Grandmother's closed casket! Their other Grandmother (not my dear wife) was the guilty party directly responsible for the coercion. My daughter-in-law asked me to take a video. Since she gave me such wonderful and charming granddaughters, I would never say anything but "Yes"! Trying to be a little less than obvious, I tried to hide in the background trying not to look like a participant in this morbid and grotesque side show, leaving all my gadgets behind hoping zoom would help. There was nothing I could do about audio. I was not going to get close or rig mics. My 67 year old hands did their best, but the video is shaky.
The point is that any kind of handle would have been a big improvement.
To add insult to injury, the other (brain dead) grandmother took a break in her deep and tearful mourning to whip out her brand new iPod. As the new family elder, promote to that position by the death of her own mother due to bone cancer, she had arranged herself 3 feet away from where the singing granddaughters would be. The dumb, bleach headed imbecile got better video and audio than I did. She had assured she was seated in the right spot and as soon as the shortened version of the song was complete, she returned the iPod to her purse and resumed dramatic bawling.
The point is that the width of an iPod causes one to hold it more steady due to having a little distance between the hands, much like having a handle on a real camera.
If you are still reading, the brain dead, bleach headed grandmother-in-law was to cheap to buy a decent casket for her heavier that usual mom. When the funeral workers tried the first time to slide the thinly constructed box into the crypt, the coffin flexed and the lid popped open. The had to slide it out, close the lid and try a second time.