Pocket XShot: even better than the original

Pocket XShot: even better than the original

We previously reviewed the XShot 2.0 and the verdict was clear, we dug it. The little contraption proved itself to be very useful and turned out to be one of our favorite camera accessories of all time.

The only issue that we had was that it was a bit too bulky and long, making it tough to carry around in a pants pocket. Not quite as portable as we’d like.

It seems that XShot took that feedback from their customers and improved their product once again. They now offer the Pocket XShot, and as you might expect, it’s small enough to fit comfortably in a pocket.

Whereas the XShot 2.0 collapsed down to 9 inches, the Pocket XShot compacts down to a mere 6.5 inches, just the right size in our opinion. Let’s take a look at the 2 products side by side.

XShot 2.0 vs Pocket XShot, fully compacted

In the fully collapsed, compacted configuration, the pocket XShot is a great size and highly portable. But does it also help you take great photos? Yes. I use the Pocket XShot a lot. It is a constant companion to my digital cameras and camcorders.

Let’s take a look at a sample photo taken using the Pocket Xshot.

Pocket XShot Sample Photo

Note: the photo above was cropped down from the full image. Camera: Canon PowerShot SD960 IS Digital ELPH.

As you can see from the image above, the Pocket XShot can help you take some great looking photos on your own, without messing with a tripod or having to bother anyone else for help.

The only negative that we ran into while using the Pocket XShot has to do with its tripod mounting screw threads. One of the bonus features of the accessory is that the bottom screws off and you can then attach it to a tripod. Unfortunately, the Pocket XShot would not fit or screw on to our Gorillapod mini tripod. This is a minor complaint and definitely not the product’s core purpose, but it’s still worth mentioning.

After extensive use, we can easily recommend the Pocket XShot for your self-photographing needs. You can pick one up for $19.95 on Amazon.

Disclosure: XShot sent me a Pocket Xshot to review.

About Wes Novack

Wes is a Technologist working in the software industry, with extensive experience building and managing highly available applications, services, and systems in the public cloud. He has extensive experience with online publishing and building internet communities. Wes enjoys hanging with his family, getting outdoors, skateboarding, hiking, pickelball, tennis, the vegan lifestyle, and a good cup of tea. You can find him on X (formerly Twitter) @WesleyTech.

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