Review: MeFOTO Sidekicker 360 Smartphone Tripod Adapter

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The number of cool things that you can do with a phone are pretty damned awesome. Sensor technology just keeps getting better and lots of companies work around boosting the abilities of a phone’s camera. When we saw the MeFOTO Sidekick 360 recently in Las Vegas, we had one big thing in mind when it came to creative inspiration: a timelapse.

Gear Used

We tested the new MeFOTO Sidekick 360 with the Google Nexus 5 and MeFOTO Daytrip tripod out in Las Vegas.

Ergonomics

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The Sidekick 360 has a name that reminds us a bit of the old Sidekick phones–but it really isn’t at all. Instead, it’s more about the fact that the gadget can essentially rotate your phone around in a 360 way.

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For starters, there is an Arca Swiss plate that lets you connect it easily to a tripod. But since the Daytrip uses Mini Arca Swiss, we used one of the tripod mount screws.

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On either end of the Sidekick 360, there are little knobs that act as a clamp to hold your phone in place. Chances are that you’ll be working one of these more than the other. The clamps grip onto your phone tightly. The only issue is that if your device has something like an Otterbox case on it, we’re not sure quite it will be held steadily in place.

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Using another knob, you can adjust the angle of your phone just like any ballhead. The head is a bit too loose for our liking but works flawlessly overall.

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If you’re one of those folks who’s addicted to Vine, you’ll also be happy to know that the Sidekick can shoot in portrait mode–which is also good for you Instagram folks. For this review though, we used DT Pro to create a timelapse.

Build Quality

Overall, this is one pretty darn sturdy piece. We wish that the ball head and the knobs were a tad smoother though instead of so loose, but otherwise we don’t have much to complain about. The accessory is made of metal and has very little that would make us question its durability.

Ease of Use

We got to play with the Sidekick 360 when MeFOTO first showed it off at CES 2014 recently. One of my personal project ideas that I’ve had for a while is wanting to do mobile timelapses. In order to do this better and get just the right angles, the MeFOTO Sidekick helps because of the fact that I can fine tune just the right angle.

For what it’s worth though, I also wish that there was a bubble level somewhere on the unit.

Conclusions

The Sidekick 360 is a really cool and very fun way to expand your mobile photography, but we feel that it can be taken even more seriously. Hopefully, MeFOTO will develop an even higher end offering. But if you’re looking to get more serious about your mobile photography, then the Sidekick 360 is a great starters gift.

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