As I mentioned earlier, getting the good self portraits while on vacation was a concern. That lead us to purchase a compact digital point and shoot camera.
Fellow photo bug Laanba from over at photine.net read the post and took the time to make a comment suggesting I have a look at the Xshot, something she had heard mentioned on the The Digital Photography Show podcast.
I went to the web site and had a look. What a great idea! Basically it’s a mono-pod that allows you to hold your compact camera up to 37 inches away from you. It’s light weight and when retracted will fit in your pocket, making it super easy to carry around.
Being the technology radio personality that I am I decided to contact the company to ask about the possibility of getting a review unit. The folks at Xshot were happy to oblige and I received it last week.
It’s very cool and I will be adding this to the travel kit for our trip to Spain. It will certainly be a bonus to be able to get those adorable couple shots in front of all those scenic landmarks.
To give you an example, here’s a hand held shot:
Now with the Xshot:
And for your ultimate avatar or profile pic at your favorite social networking site, compare these crops:
An added benefit to getting the camera out some distance is the effects of the flash tend to be way less harsh. And think about the slimming angle shots you can accomplish! A must have for Myspacers!