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Tested: 5 selfie sticks for hands-free iPhone photos

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | Dec. 18, 2015
Selfie sticks undoubtedly get you a great selfie angle. But which stick is for you?

Looq DG

Looq’s $20 DG selfie stick comes with its own app, because sometimes you need a selfie stick-approved app to take your pictures, I guess. This isn’t even just a generic Looq app, it’s an app that’s specific to the DG (though I suspect it’s similar to the generic Looq app). The app is available for free on both iOS and Android.

The DG is a pretty typical wired selfie stick. It has a ridged rubber handle (blue, green, or red), a slim wrist strap, and a metal telescoping rod that extends about 42.5 inches (from the bottom of the handle to the bottom of the phone clamp). That makes it our longest selfie stick by about three inches, but it’s also the longest when it folds up (12 inches with the clamp, nine inches without it).

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The DG’s clamp is removable, which is useful for storage but inconvenient for people who lose things. The clamp itself has a foam-lined bottom and a rubber-lined top, but while the bottom of the clamp is almost two inches wide, the top part of the clamp that touches your phone is just a quarter of an inch wide. Still, the phone feels sturdy inside the clamp, so long as you don’t shake the stick around too much. The clamp fits both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, and has a rubber tab on the top to make it easy to put your phone inside.

To snap a photo with the DG, you first plug your phone in via a coiled wire at the top of the stick. The wire plugs into your phone’s headphone jack, which allows it to trigger the camera shutter. Minor detail: The wire exits the selfie stick from the side, which means you may need to adjust your phone depending on whether the headphone jack is on the top or the bottom. Once your phone is plugged in, all you have to do is open up the camera app or the Looq DG app and press the raised shutter button on the DG’s handle to take a picture. The DG’s shutter button isn’t my favorite of the bunch—it’s harder to press than the big, flat button on the GoTech Stealth Bluetooth selfie stick.

The Looq DG app is a very basic camera app. In this app, you can take photos, switch cameras, turn the flash on and off (both when you’re taking pictures and separately, like a flashlight mode). You can also take photos with filters, such as ‘film,’ ‘lomo,’ ‘black & white,’ and ‘sketch.’ The app does have automatic focus that finds faces, but so does your iPhone’s camera (it’s the little square that appears around people’s faces), and you can also tap to focus.

 

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