Introduction: Cell Phone Tripod Adapter
I recently replaced my cell phone. The previous cellphone, (a Samsung Galaxy S3) has a severely cracked screen, but is otherwise functional. I now use it as an alarm clock and as a camera.
The camera in the S3 is one of the best available. The HDR feature is especially nice, but requires that the device be held steady. It usually takes 2-3 tries to hold it steady enough to get a good picture.
This instructable will document making an inexpensive adapter to allow the old phone to be mounted on a standard camera tripod.
Note: The screen was "Repaired" as described in gorilla tape's u-tube video: https://youtu.be/iS9YYUfBHwE
• Old phone
• Spare case for phone.
• Steel angle bracket (16 gauge, legs about as long as the phone is wide)
• Sticky backed Velcro (I like the industrial variety)
• 1/4-20 threaded Knob.
Notes on the above:
The current case on my phone was a gift, and i don't want to cover the R2D2 motif with velcro.
1/4-20 thread is standard for tripods. I got the Knob at a local hardware store. I am not sure there is a metric equivalent.
• carpenters square
Way to make 1/4 inch dia hole...
• 1/4 inch drill bit
• drill press or hand drill and vice
• file to debur edges of hole
Step 1: Angle to Tripod Interface
The Tripod has a 1/4-20 bolt on it's mounting surface. My angle did not come with a corresponding hole.
• Make a hole on the shorter leg of the angle that will provide a clearance fit to the bolt.
• Attach the angle to the tripod using the 1/4-20 knob.
Step 2: Phone Case to Angle Interface.
I use Velcro a lot. Choosing which side to put the "hooks" on in an important decision. The side with the hooks will stick to other things besides the loops. This can be a good thing. This can also be a bad thing. I've had Velcro adhere to sweaters, furniture, and carpet.
In this case, I am opting to put the hooks on the Case and the fuzzy side on the angle. The reason for this has nothing to do with this Instrictable.
Whichever you choose...
• Attach one Velcro strip to the outer surface of the upright leg.
• Attach the opposite Velcro strip to the back of the phone case.
• Test sticking the case to the angle in both portrait and landscape orientation.
Step 3: Install the Phone and Take Some Pictures.
• Remove the phone from it's case.
• Carefully install the phone in the adapter case.
• Focus And Shoot!
NOTE: You can reverse direction of the camera and use the phone for a photo booth.