The best monopod for 360 cameras is the highly sought-after Insta360 Extended Edition Selfie Stick (new version), and it’s in stock and on sale!
I have dozens and dozens of monopods, tripods and selfie sticks. In my opinion, the best monopod for 360 cameras is the Extended Edition Selfie Stick (new version). The Extended Selfie Stick can extend to 3 meters and collapse to just 36cm. Unlike the original version of the extended selfie stick, the new version of the Extended Selfie Stick can be used at any length as opposed to preset lengths, making it far more versatile. I also like how you can extend it or retract it simply by pulling or pushing, making it much faster to use.
Drone-like perspectives. When fully extended, you can capture drone-like perspectives or bird’s eye views, which you can turn into a tiny planet if you want.
Environmental portraits. Besides getting drone-like shots, you can use the Extended Selfie Stick to capture environmental portraits. Just use it to take a shot from a higher perspective, which will capture more of the background. This is especially useful when you want to include a very tall or very wide object in the background.
Group shots without tripods. A longer selfie stick also enables you to take group shots without having to ask people and without needing to setup a tripod. Just extend the selfie stick in front of you. The larger your group is, the longer you should extend it. For a small family like ours, I extended the selfie stick around 6 feet in front of us in the shot below.
Although the new Extended Edition is very versatile and convenient, it does have one drawback: it does not work well for heavier cameras. If you try to use it with a heavier camera such as the Pilot Era, the camera’s weight can push the stick down. I would use it only for lighter consumer 360 cameras.
Because of its versatility and its convenience, the new version of the Extended Selfie Stick is my current favorite monopod for consumer 360 cameras.