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Introducing the Polaroid Travel Tripod and Polaroid Varipod Two-in-One Telescoping Monopod

August 4, 2016 Comments off

PolaroidRIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ – August 4, 2016Complementing its growing collection of camera accessories, Polaroid has recently added the Polaroid pro series 55” carbon fiber travel tripod and the Polaroid varipod two-in-one telescoping camera monopod to its repertoire. Available today through Amazon, the Polaroid travel tripod and monopod are ideal for everyone from the casual photographer or videographer to the serious prosumer looking for extra stability and versatility to capture that unforgettable shot.

Travel TripodAbout the Polaroid Travel Tripod
Designed for the on-the-go photographer and videographer, the Polaroid travel tripod offers intelligent features like a fluid pan-head, braced center columns and adjustable spider legs with non-slip foot grips that handle uneven and rugged terrain. Thanks to its carbon fiber body, the Polaroid travel tripod is up to 50% lighter than its metal counterparts, with rugged durability to withstand the rigors of shooting on the go. The fully articulating ball head and removable plate offer photographers and videographers the ability to capture the perfect shot from just about any angle.

Polaroid travel tripod feature highlights include:

  • A 100% carbon fiber body, 50% lighter than metal yet just as durable
  • An extension height of over 55”
  • A compactable size of just 12.5”
  • Weighs less than three pounds with the ability to hold up to 20 pounds
  • An included travel tripod carrying case

MonopodAbout the Polaroid Varipod Monopod
The Polaroid varipod two-in-one telescoping monopod can be used as both a monopod and a tripod, both of which offer incredible extended reach. Its rugged form-factor makes it ideal for shooting in any condition. With a removable four-inch tripod base, the Polaroid varipod monopod provides camera height where it is needed the most. Professional photographers and videographers will love this tool for its inclusive features, fine positioning controls and ability to stabilize difficult-to-capture shots.

Polaroid varipod monopod feature highlights include:

  • A two-in-one monopod and tripod base that can be used independently or together
  • Locking tripod feet with rubber grip pads
  • An extension height of 65”
  • A base tilt angle, rotation and telescoping section locks for secure positioning
  • An included removable wrist strap and shoulder carrying bag

Pricing and Availability
The Polaroid travel tripod is now available via Amazon for 99.99 USD and ships with a fully articulating ball head with removable plate and travel tripod carrying case. The Polaroidvaripod monopod is now available via Amazon for 54.46 USD and ships with a removable wrist strap and a shoulder carrying bag.

Request a Media Review Kit
Members of the media are invited to review the Polaroid travel tripod and the Polaroidvaripod monopod. To request a media review kit sample, please contact Mariah Stein

The Polaroid Brand
Polaroid is one of the most trusted, well-respected and recognizable brands with a rich 75-year history beginning with Polaroid instant film. Our range of products include instant and digital still cameras, high-definition and mountable sports video cameras, tablets and flat-screen TVs that deliver the fun, instant gratification and value for which the brand has long stood. Today, the Polaroid Classic Border Logo rooted in our beginnings of instant photo sharing serves to designate genuine Polaroid branded products.  For more information, visit

Polaroid, Polaroid & Pixel, Polaroid Color Spectrum and Polaroid Classic Border Logo are trademarks of PLR IP Holdings, LLC, used under license.


iBlazer Flash for Smartphones (Review)

September 28, 2014 Comments off

iblazr LED Flash Unitsiblazr LED Flash Unit

The iblazr LED Flash Unit for Smartphones (iblazr) is an absolutely essential accessory for any serious phoneographer. Whether you’re making short films, taking photos, or providing an extra light source for photographic equipment, the iblazr is a lighting dynamo that easily fits into any pocket or bag. It is a source of continuous light or flash for your visual work.

The iblazr package comes with one, four-light iblazr LED flash unit, an instruction booklet, a microfiber drawstring carrying pouch, and a 3.5mm to USB interface charging cable.

  • 70 degree beam
  • 5600K color temperature
  • >80 CRI
  • 27mm (1 inch) x 32mm (1.25 inchess)
  • 10 grams
  • Three Power Modes: 16, 60, and 120 Lux at 1 meter
  • Easy battery level check
  • USB charging
  • 3.5mm jack
  • iblazr app takes movies and photos
  • Continuous lighting or flash
  • Can be used off the device
  • Cold shoe mount for DSLR and SLR continuous lighting

The founders and iblazr team members are obviously visionaries who know what we phoneographers like for versatile lighting. When you read the list of features, note that many of them are advanced for such a small and inexpensive device. I’m usually a bit critical of accessories like this that are priced in excess of about $39, but not this time. I think the $50 price tag is just right. And, no, you can’t get it cheaper on Amazon–I looked.

white_with_handI particularly like the feature that allows you to have continuous like off the camera or in the so-called “cold shoe”. The cold shoe is really just a plastic holder for the iblazr that slides into the hot shoe on your camera. It’s handy because how else do you get continuous, mobile lighting for your DSLR or SLR? Think of trying to provide some continuous lighting with any of the lo-fi cameras such as the Holga, Diana, LomoKino, or Smena. The answer is that you can’t–not easily anyway.

The iblazr makes photography more fun because good lighting is essential to produce good images. How many times have you lost a great shot because of poor lighting or lighting that was off or cast the wrong shadows? Well, you won’t anymore thanks to the iblazr.

Why it’s Frugal: The iblazr is frugal because it is an expensive way to deliver a lot of light on your subject. What’s frugal about that, you ask? Have you priced photographic lighting? Have you ever priced portable photographic lighting? Have you looked at portable lighting at all? The way I figure it, the iblazr is very frugal because it does so much for so little. Frugal.

iblazr on the iPhone

There’s nothing that I don’t like about the iblazr LED flash unit. I can’t find anything wrong with it. It does everything I’d want it to do if I’d designed it myself. And I’d never have thought of the cold shoe attachment, so it’s better than what I could have dreamed up.

Rating: 10/10

Recommendation: If you’re a phoneographer or a photographer who needs portable light, you must have it.


The Tivax MiTraveler 8-inch 3D Tablet: No Glasses Required (Review)

May 12, 2014 Comments off

Tivax MiTraveler 3D Android TabletMiTraveler 3D-8
Tivax/Michley Electronics, Inc.
Amazon (Prime) $240.71 (Retail: $369.99)

I didn’t know what to think when I first heard of the Tivax MiTraveler Android-based 3D tablet, except, “This I have to see.” The No Glasses Required part of the advertisement was especially intriguing to me. I wanted to see if it looked 3D or if it looked like the 3D pictures of my childhood that had that blurry, headache-inducing, “deep sight” kind of thing going on.

Although it took me almost an hour to figure out how to switch into 3D mode, I’m glad that 3D isn’t the default mode. I, personally, can’t look at 3D video for very long at a time. It’s interesting when I’m in a darkened theater and that’s my only focus but an 8-inch tablet is quite a different story.

It works. You can see movies or photos in 3D without glasses. But, for me, the technology still isn’t where it needs to be for prolonged use. Right now, it’s more of a “Hey, look what my tablet can do” sort of thing. That’s just my opinion. If you’re interested in viewing movies or photos in 3D, check one out at a retailer or spring for the $240 and buy one direct.


  • OS Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Dual-core CPU
  • Flash 10.1 supported
  • Parallax barrier 3D technology
  • Capacitive multi-touch screen
  • 8GB storage
  • 1G RAM
  • Resolution: 1280*800
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Micro SD card port for storage expansion up to 32GB
  • Micro USB port
  • Mini HDMI output
  • Built-in speaker & microphone
  • 0.3M front camera and 2M rear camera
  • 5000mAh Li-Polymer battery
  • Supports Bluetooth

Don’t get me wrong, I like the MiTraveler tablet, even in 3D mode. I’m just saying that I can’t look at it for a long period of time, at least not without Dramamine. It’s a me thing, not a Tivax tablet thing. The 3D effect on the MiTraveler is very good and there are actually three 3D modes to choose from. My favorite is the 2D to 3D effect. It looks more like a real 3D movie. The horizontal and vertical 3D modes have to be used with photos and movies that specifically use those techniques, otherwise they are unwatchable. You can experience the real 3D effect with the 2D to 3D mode.

Figure 1: Video Options

Figure 1: Video Options Bar

You can switch into 3D mode with a single tap while watching a video. When you start a video, tap the 3D icon in the video options bar shown in Figure 1. Unfortunately, in 3D mode, the Android tablet doesn’t seem to allow me to take screenshots. I assume it’s because it doesn’t know how to render them. In your case, the video will be playing in the background. This particular video shows two side-by-side pictures, which when combined, create a very nice 3D effect.

So, the exact steps to see a movie in 3D are:

  1. Start the movie.
  2. Tap the screen once to launch the Video Options Bar at the bottom center of your screen (Figure 1).
  3. Tap the 3D icon to launch a 3D Options Menu.
  4. Select the option that will play your video.
  5. For the Transformers demo video, select 3D Left Right.
3D Options Menu

Figure 2: 3D Options Menu

See Figure 2 for the 3D Options Menu.

If you want to view a “normal” video in 3D mode, select the 2D to 3D option.

You can browse the web and the local filesystem for videos, so you aren’t limited by delivery method. You can adjust the sound volume to suit you but beware that different videos have different sound levels and you’ll have to adjust each one accordingly. This is not a fault of the tablet, but normal variation in video production quality and style.

As far as other functions, the tablet looks fairly limited upon first glance. The default desktop would lead you to believe that the MiTraveler is primarily a photo and video viewing device. It isn’t.

Figure 3 shows you the desktop and all available default desktop apps: Browser, Email, Camera (front and rear facing), STREAMit, and Music. If you want to see all of the installed apps and the Google Play Store app, tap the multi-window icon in the upper right corner of the main desktop screen. There you’ll see all of your standard apps plus a few extras that are sound, movie, and game-related to take full advantage of the tablet’s 3D and accelerated 2D capabilities. You can copy any app to the main desktop by pressing and holding its icon for a few seconds, so you can customize the MiTraveler in any way you like.

You can download apps, remove apps, and treat it as you would any other Android device. The only difference is that this one can render video in 3D.

Why it’s Frugal: The Tivax MiTraveler 3D 8-inch tablet is anything but frugal. But, it’s a specialty item and it’s not designed or marketed as a frugal or inexpensive device. It’s more than a standard Android device but functions like a standard one except for the 3D enhancements. 

The Tivax MiTraveler is an excellent 3D video movie and photo viewer. If you love 3D video, you’ll love this tablet. If it’s not your thing, save your money. You’re probably asking yourself (and me) if I think that the tablet is worth the money for the 3D enhancements. Good question. I think it is. The 3D is smooth and well done. I’m not sure how they do it and like making laws and making sausages, I don’t think I want to know how it’s done. I appreciate it for what it is. I don’t need the details.

The MiTraveler is a quality device that does exactly what it says it can do. I tried to find something wrong with it and couldn’t. So, if you have $250 and you want a 3D capable tablet, this is the one you want.

Rating: 9/10

Recommendation: Buy the Tivax MiTraveler 8-inch 3D tablet for awesome 3D rendering. And remember, no glasses required.

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