Podo bills itself as “the world’s first stick and shoot camera,” and its inventors, encouraged by early adopters’ enthusiasm when they debuted its first version a year ago, are launching an upgraded model that has more options and is more affordable, too. Yes, those two don’t often go together.
“What does ‘stick and shoot’ mean?” you ask. Simply put, the tiny camera cube has a special sticky pad that lets you attach it to almost any solid surface. Think of a wall or a flagpole as your tripod, if you will. Your shaky hands won’t blur any more wonderful photos, and Podo lets you be in the photo you take—like a selfie, but with more options, as you don’t need to restrict yourself to being at arm’s length.
Since there’s no need to lug special gear with you, Podo’s really a camera built for those moments of opportunity or inspiration. No more missed chances for photographic magic… “If only I’d brought my camera…”
You control the camera through your phone (thanks, Bluetooth). The Podo app shows you live video on your phone so you can adjust your settings and decide when to take your pic. In other words, you are the brain and Podo is your eyes; you see what Podo sees.
As for taking the photo, you can choose a timer or click the shutter right away. Time-lapse photography, anyone? Then, to keep things easy, the photo is sent right to your phone. No more pesky cables.
OK, that’s the “how to take a photo” part. But, what about the quality of the Podo pictures?
For starters, the pixels on the Podo sensor are 50 percent bigger than those in the iPhone 7 and the Galaxy S7. Not a camera whiz? The Podo team explain it this way: “Bigger pixels collect more light, leading to better dynamic range, low-light performance, and reduced noise. Bigger pixels = better picture.”
The high-quality glass lens is wide-angle, so no worries about chopping off Great Aunt Hilda when you try to snap the family gathering for posterity.
One feature we love is the fact that you can use and sync six Podos at the same time, so you can record a live event — say a concert or wedding, perhaps — from all angles. You get great resolution via Podo and can print pics up to 14 inches x 11 inches.
The Podo is a high-tech marvel, not a gadget as such. Don’t be fooled by its simplicity! For such a tiny device (it’s less than 1 1/2 square inches and weighs just 1 1/2 ounces), the Podo packs a tech wallop. Here, the specs:
- Sensor: 5 MP (2.2 μm pixels)
- Video: 720p 30fp
- Lens: 90° wide-angle, glass
- Memory: 8 GB (holds thousands of photos)
- 8-LED ring
- Bluetooth 4.2 LE + Classic
- Rechargeable battery (up to 1.5 hrs. video; 2 weeks on stand-by)
Plus, you can buy a waterproof case for your Podo and extra sticky pads.
The Podo team of Eddie Lee, Jae Choi and Samuel Pullman met at UC Berkeley, and now they are based in San Francisco. We can’t wait to see what their ingenuity dreams up next.