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Good in theory, poor in execution
on January 21, 2011
This is the 2nd handheld arm-extender that I have purchased for my GoPro. The first one I purchased was the VidPro and that had a problem with the camera rotating along the shaft (because of the weight of the camera). This required me to mount the camera upside-down to record video so that it wouldn't suddenly drop. I purchased this Quikpod Compod thinking it resolved that problem with the locking ball-joint at the top. Unfortunately, this did not solve the problem. Yes, the ball-joint locks, however, the entire shaft is not locked and is free to rotate, this means the camera can still "drop" if mounted on top.
Other problems: The cheap plastic knob on the ball-joint already cracked so I had to go to a hardware store and pick up a new wing-nut and lock washer. Then, the upper 2 telescoping rod-pieces completely popped out of the lower pieces and they will not longer stay. This thing is useless now. Returning it to amazon.
It was good in theory with the locking ball-joint and all, but poor in execution as the shaft does NOT lock along it's own axis, and it came apart out of nowhere!
I'm going to get the xshot, I saw the xshot at a local store and the shaft has a small indentation channel along the entire telescoping shaft, this prevents it from rotating along its own axis. Also, the locking head seems to have some "notches" so that it will stay in place better. Hopefully my 3rd time is a charm and the xshot works for me.