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February 1, 2006

StickyPod Review

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The StickyPod is an inexpensive but high quality car mount for consumer and prosumer cameras. Follow the jump for my full review and some sample video.

Our StickyPod was purchased in response to an "incident" in which a camera was returned covered in duct tape. This prompted the question of "Hey, why is this camera covered in duct tape" and the unfortunate reply of "Oh, I taped it to my car."

Hrm.

We decided that at least with a car mount, if something bad happens it'll probably totally destroy the camera, instead of just making it all sticky. And, if you've ever scrubbed duct tape off a camera, you know that destruction is the better option.

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We ended up getting the StickyPod "Pro Pack" from B&H. This includes the StickyPod, an extra suction cup, some extension arms, adjustable knuckles, and a tie-down strap. The strap is my only real criticism of the kit - it's far too short to be useful for much of anything. The included training video shows a much longer strap, so it's possible that our kit was just missing a piece. In any case, I intend to get some additional straps.

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The mount itself seems very solid. Essentially it's a steel plate with four suction cups and a standard screw mount. I appreciate the simplicity. The suction cups seem to be pretty high quality, and they grip quite solidly. I attached the mount to an interior window and it held firm, even against my tugging.

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The process for getting ready to use the StickyPod is pretty straight forward. First, clean the suction cups and the surface you'll be attaching it to, to ensure a solid grip. Then, attach the camera to the StickyPod, using whichever extensions and mounts that you desire. Then, firmly press each suction cup to the surface.

We did some test shooting using a Sony PDX-10 and overall I'm happy with the results. I think the biggest lesson learned is to turn off the optical image stabilizer in the PDX-10, as it can't cope with the jarring motion and instead overcompensates. Unfortunately, we didn't realize this until getting back inside. If we ever have nice weather again, I'll do another test run. Additionally, this testing was done with a Mini Cooper S, which has a ride that is rather on the stiff side. Expect less jarring motion with a more loosely sprung car.

In any case, I think it's a solid piece of kit, especially at the price. I'm not sure I would mount a camera much larger than a PDX-10, at least when combined with some of the extension arms. While the mount stayed firmly stuck during testing, I think physics will prove victorious with a significantly weightier camera. The StickyPod folks have a video of a 25lb weight held up by a StickyPod for multiple hours, but I found that the jarring motion of a car reduces the grip significantly.

In any case, click the image below to take a look at the sample video (Quicktime 7). Thanks to Mark and Adam for helping with the shooting.

Sticky Pod Demo-4

Posted by at February 1, 2006 4:36 PM | Reviews

Comments

Sweet video! You should vlog or whatever daily.

Posted by: Zach at February 3, 2006 11:32 AM

way sweet video. was that you on drums?

Posted by: cheryl at February 15, 2006 12:35 PM

Excellent review! I like what you have to say and your knowledge of cameras is undeniable. As for the tether, you did not receive the long tether. I'm not sure why? Anyway, we will send you the long tethers for your Sticky Pod free of charge. Just send me your address and it's on the way. We will cover shipping as well.

You may want to point your readers to our "Indie Films" page and checkout "Vern Meets Jane" to see how well the Sticky Pod works with larger cameras. www.stickypod.com/indie_films.html

In the very near future, we will be offering the Sticky Pod Director model. It's designed for the largest cameras on the market and can be mounted to literally any vehicle, at any angle you desire. It took 2 years to develop and it's going to be worth every penny.

Many thanks for the review!
Tom Heibel
Sticky Pod Inventor
www.stickypod.com
866-544-3636

Posted by: Tom Heibel at February 28, 2006 12:50 PM

Beware purchasing a Sticky Pod Dash Board mount! They do not work on most new BMW models and if you contact Tom Heibel to return the product within the 30 day refund period, he will do as little as possible to accept your return and will try to convince you to mount your "dash board" mount anywhere else on the vehicle other than the dash in order to not honer his own return policy. Caveat emptor.

Posted by: Anonymous at December 18, 2006 9:27 PM