How would you like a super long monopod (longer and stiffer than the Telesin)? How about a quick release for your 360 camera (yes, it’s invisible) or a 360 camera light that isn’t upside down? Here are eleven 360 camera accessories that you probably haven’t seen before — and they work for almost any 360 camera, including Insta360 One X2, One R, One X, GoPro MAX, Ricoh Theta V, Theta Z1, and Qoocam 8K.
Here is a list of the accessories and where to buy them:
00:29 #1 Koolertron: longer than Telesin selfie stick (around $70). Everyone loves the Telesin, but this one is going to make it obsolete. Koolertron is a long monopod like the Telesin, but it has several advantages: it is significantly longer (350cm vs 270cm), stiffer, can be adjusted to any length, and is also hollow, so it can be used to route a microphone or power cable and make the cable invisible to the camera.
I also tested “invisibility” using the Insta360 One X2. Because the Telesin bends, a part of the pole can sometimes be visible in the shot (see below). A workaround for this is to tilt the camera so that the lenses are facing to the sides, so that if the Telesin droops, the pole will still be in the stitch line. However, for purposes of this comparison, I didn’t use that workaround. The Koolertron appears invisible even with the lenses facing to the sky.
02:07 #2 Manbily MT-02 (around $30). Full review here. This is one of my favorite stands because it has a unique spring-loaded connector that can work with a 1/4-20 hole or 3/8-16 hole with no adapter needed. The legs are individually extendable and can be positioned at two different heights, which makes it work well for inclined surfaces. It also has a wide base for better stability.
02:53 #3 Falcam quick release (around $30) (or try here) for monopods. This is a quick release that works very well for attaching your monopod to your stand. It can be locked and unlocked easily. As a bonus, the quick release attachment and the clamp are both Arca-Swiss compatible. It can physically be used with a 360 camera as well but for most 360 cameras, the camera attachment will appear in the 360 photo or video. Instead, see #4 below.
03:32 #4 Quick release for 360 cameras (around $30) or from B&H. Here’s a quick release that’s slim enough to be used with any 360 camera, even slim ones such as Ricoh Theta and Insta360 One X2. The key is to remove the thumbnut that it comes with and instead use a standard 1/4-20 nut, like the one shown below.
04:22 #5 Moza Slypod E slider monopod ($299). This is a unique motorized slider and monopod. When used with a 360 camera, it can create complex camera movements similar to those of the Edelkrone Jibone, but at a fraction of the cost (and of course, the image quality of a 360 camera won’t be anywhere close to that of a DSLR). The Slypod is also compatible with DSLRs. The one issue with the design is that the weight is not evenly distributed. You’ll need a very sturdy tripod (the Slypod’s mount has 1/4 and 3/8 holes and is Arca-Swiss compatible). If you want to use it with a DSLR, you may need a support arm.
07:27 #6 Bushman Halo 360 light (around $160). This is a 360-degree light designed for 360 cameras. It has 5 adjustable intensities, and 3 color temperatures. In terms of brightness, the exposure I got on my phone at ISO 50 and f/2.4 was 1/837 on the lowest setting and 1/4468 on the highest setting.
09:57 #7 PT-21 cold shoe ($20). Use the PT-21 to mount accessories to the side of your 360 camera – no cage needed, and won’t obstruct your ports or batteries on the side of the camera.
10:53 #8 Ulanzi PT-13 “super bracket” (around $25) or try these links. This is a unique bracket that has a triple cold shoe that can be rotated and swiveled. I used this to mount a 360 camera upside down, beside a monopod, allowing me to mount as many as four accessories above the camera. Unfortunately,
Here’s a 360 photo comparison with and without the bracket:
13:30 #9 Super slim LED light ($50). This is a super-slim RGB LED light that has a 1/4-20 attachment. Besides being very slim, I like that the intensity can be decreased to a very low level. I measured the exposure at ISO 50, f/2.4 at 1/159 at the minimum and 1/4724 at the maximum. See the third sample 360 photo above, where I used the slim LED to light myself, while using the more powerful Ulanzi LED video light for the area in front of me.
14:25 #10 Decent quality Rode Wireless Go clone (under $100). There are now several clones of the popular Rode Wireless Go. This one uses a 2.4Ghz band like the Rode and can withstand interference pretty well. I also like that it has a bright LED display on both the receiver and transmitter. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include a way to mount it vertically but here’s a TPU 3D printed mount for Rode Wireless Go that you can modify to fit this clone. The other disadvantage compared to the Rode Wireless Go is that it picks up more ambient sounds compared to the Rode.
15:29 #11 Insta360 One R ND filters (around $40). If you want a cinematic look for your Insta360 One R videos, try an ND filter. With an ND filter, you can use a slower shutter speed which can make your video look a bit less digital. For photos, an ND filter can be used for very long exposures in bright conditions. I recommend the ND1000 filter for photos, which is enough to slow the shutter to around 1 second in cloudy conditions.