Move Over Selfie Sticks: The Podo Stick-On Camera Takes the Shot

podo selfie camera review

Prepare yourselves, ladies! I’m about to introduce you to something you didn’t know you needed.

The Podo stick-on selfie camera fits in my hand.
The Podo stick-on selfie camera fits in my hand.
It’s the Podo stick-on camera, and at the time of writing this post, I’ve owned it for over 6 weeks, giving me sufficient time to explore the usefulness of such a tiny, hand-held device. Especially in the way it takes the place of that thing we know and love – the selfie stick.

I’ve never been a fan of selfie sticks, but I’ve understood their place in the solo traveler‘s life.

For a complete introvert like myself, finding a random person to take an awkward picture of me can be a chore. It’s so much easier to just say, “Maybe next time!” and go about my merry way.

Plus, who likes to give their camera or smartphone over to a complete stranger?!

So the [easyazon_link keywords=”selfie stick” locale=”US” tag=”packlist-20″]selfie stick[/easyazon_link] has prevailed and made it onto the photography gear packing lists of solo travelers around the world. While it doesn’t necessarily take up much room in your luggage, it’s no Podo.

What is a Podo?

The Podo is a little camera (yes, fits in the palm of your hand little) that has both a sticky and magnetic backside. You can stick it on walls, street signs, cars, or wherever to take 8 MP photos using an app on your smartphone.

podo stick on camera review
The Podo can stick on many different surfaces.

It’s an amazing way to take photos of yourself without the need for an extra camera operator, or a look-at-me-now selfie stick!

The camera connects with your phone via bluetooth, and it even has a timer so you can have time to put the phone down while in the shot. There’s an 8 LED flash for dimly lit photos, too.

In addition to photos, the Podo has the ability to record both video and timelapse shots!

podo stick-on selfie camera review
Taken with Podo at the Problogger Training Event 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. Excuse the exhausted looking eyes – conferences wear me out!

How Does Podo Work?

podo standing
You can use the back flap to create a stand, no sticky needed.
  1. Lift the back flap to expose the Podo’s micro adhesive backside.
  2. Flip around and stick to desired surface.
  3. Double-tap the side of Podo to wake it up.
  4. Open the Podo app on your phone and wait for the two devices to connect.
  5. View your shot in your phone.
  6. Press the shutter button (or select the timer option) to take the photo.

Done!

At this point, Podo will start sending the photo via Bluetooth to your phone. Once it shows up on the screen, you can choose to delete the image or save it to your phone. If you cancel the send, don’t worry! The image will still be on the Podo and can be transferred over when connecting to a computer.

It’s really that easy.

#takenwithpodo
Taken with Podo!

Podo Timelapse Video Examples

For timelapse images, you simply choose the option in the Podo app and select the time interval and total number of shots you’d like taken. Podo will hibernate between shots. At this time, Podo only produces the still images, and then you need to put the images into another app to produce a video, like the ones below.

Something satisfying about watching this timelapse of packing a bag, am I right? #packing #hplworld #timelapse #takenwithpodo

A video posted by Her Packing List (@herpackinglist) on

Timelapse of Sherlock eating breakfast, repeated.

A video posted by Sherlock Bunz (@sherlockbunz) on

Why I LOVE the Podo

Podo is officially my new favorite toy. I show it to everyone, and I’ve been surprised at how much I’ve used it so far while not traveling. Taking photos of myself for Instagram and reviews has always been a chore because I had to wait until the weekend when my boyfriend was also home to be the cameraman. Or, I would run back and forth to a camera on a tripod- most of the time, those shots would end up out of focus!

The Compact Size: This is a major bonus for a light packer like myself! It fits in the palm of my hand and weighs a mere 1.8 ounces (51g).

The Convenience: If you have short arms like myself, taking selfies doesn’t always work. The Podo allows big group photos without outside assistance.

The Compatibility: Works with both iOS and Android.

The Ease: It’s pretty simple to use!

podo stick on camera
1) Dim lighting with flash, 2) Dim lighting no flash, 3) Outdoors bright light

Things I Would Improve with Podo

Funny… just as I was about to start writing about things I might improve about Podo, I hit their website and realized they have recently launched a Kickstarter for a new and improved Podo V2!

My review will continue to talk about the V1 Podo.

The Lack of Carry Bag: I wish they had included a carry bag or case to protect the Podo while it’s in your purse or luggage. I found an old jewelry pouch and have been using that.

The Sensitivity to Light: The Podo works best in natural light, but I find it way too sensitive to bright light, washing the highlighted areas out completely. I know they are making changes to the new Podo, so I wonder how that will be affected.

The Sticky: The sticky pad works pretty well (especially on metal thanks to it’s additional magnet), but it can attract a lot of the dirt, grit, and whatever else might be on the surface you’re attaching it to. In time, that clogs up the sticky. You rinse the micro adhesive pad to re-stick-ify the surface, but caked-on grit can be more difficult. I’ve had luck with a tiny bit of dish soap and warmer water for the tough ones.

Also, there is always the risk that the sticky will give out and the camera will fall.

The Video: At this time, video is decent, but the audio is not. The Podo does not actually record audio itself; this is done on your phone via the app. If you want video with sound, you have to manually line up the audio and the video for it to work. Hopefully this will be an easy fix with future app updates.

We used Podo for this shot.
Taken with Podo!

Would I Recommend the Podo?

YES. Definitely. It’s by far one of my favorite things ever.

Podo is currently launching V2 via Kickstarter. If you purchase your Podo now, you will get it at a decent discount but ONLY until October 12th, so don’t miss out!

*My Podo was provided free of charge for this review. That said, I thoroughly enjoy my Podo and just backed the Kickstarter for the upcoming V2! This post does contain affiliate links. If you make a Podo purchase, we might receive free Podos for our HPL Team and future giveaways on HPL!

The Podo selfie camera review!

Written by Brooke

Brooke Schoenman runs the show at Her Packing List. Inspired from years of travel experience, Brooke decided there needed to be a travel gear site focused on the needs of a wandering female.

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Comments

  1. will there be wifi says

    Looks amazing! Especially the v2 with the multiple podo sync can really be awesome for different angle shots.

    Also, and you might know this already but it might help somebody, an easy trick to sync audio and video is by clapping before you start talking so you have 2 spikes to sync up in post edit.
    Do you happen to know what the format is that the audio is recorded in?

    • Brooke says

      Podo works for short video. There is a max time of 15 seconds, and then it is transferred to your phone (which can take a while…). You are then able to sync it up with the sound on your phone (no idea what file format). Otherwise, if you wait to transfer while connected to your computer, you won’t have the sound. Not sure how this is going to change with V2 though!

  2. meghan says

    I was so excited when I saw this and headed over to the kickstarter page. I wanted it for my upcoming trip in December (24th) and sadly, they aren’t shipping until 2017 🙁
    Is there a way to order the old version?

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