Smartphone Tripod Adapter--DIY for Free




UPDATE: I upgraded to a G3 and also gutted the old camera from this i'ble. At least on my G3 with the gutted cam, I can control everything. Different cams will be different, but if it has an LCD you can remove (bonus, hold on to that component) then you can have full control too.


Sometimes we really are too hard on ourselves.

I was wracking my brain trying to figure out how I could make an easy and affordable tripod adapter for my iPod. While having a snack in the kitchen, inspiration struck.

Keep it simple, silly.

Step 1: What You'll Need

A tripod.

An old useless camera with a tripod mount on the bottom (most have them)

An Ipod/Iphone/Android, or similar

Two rubber-bands. They should be large enough to stretch comfortably around the assembly but not so large that they sag

Step 2: The Toil

1. Put old junk cam on your pocket monster of choice.

2. Attach with bands.

3. Mount assembly to tripod.

Step 3: Final Thoughts

While this isn't a joke, this DIY/hack really works, it is pretty funny how we try too hard sometimes while a perfectly viable and simple solution is staring us in the face.

It works with other things too, by the way, like my PCs webcam. It's sort of universal in that way.

Go, common sense! Huzzah!

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    8 Discussions


    1 year ago

    What is the Logitech thing for? Isnt this a phone/ camera assembly? How do you view what you r taking the picture of?

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    Reply 1 year ago

    The logitech is a webcam, for when I write, "It works with other things too, by the way, like my PCs webcam. It's sort of universal in that way." Good question, BTW. Since writing this, I gutted the cam (careful to discharge the capacitor safely) and can see through the cam to the screen. But for taking movies, you don't need that, just stills. As I have a DSLR for stills and usually use that for motion as well, I didn't care to bother with stills. Best,


    3 years ago

    How can you control the menu on screen if you're blocking it-aiming the focus on your subject and controling other menus like on/off flash etc.,
    Nice DIY if you're in a hurry.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Rodski, good questions. I don't get so fancy when I have the phone on a tripod. My dslr needs focusing but I figure my phone will figure itself out. As for aiming, I set the tripod up to have the phone where I want it first, then start recording, then attach it. Hope that helps.


    Reply 3 years ago

    And of course you can edit the captured video/photos afterwards.,Thanks!