Gear Review: The Stick Pic
Sometimes the best pieces of gear are the ones that are the most simple. That absolutely holds true for The Stick Pic. This little camera mount gives every hiker and backpacker the ability to film themselves or take self portraits on the trail.
The Stick Pic is lightweight weighing in at just 10.8 grams, easy to attach to both your camera and the trekking pole, and can be used in a variety of ways.
I took the Stick Pic with me on all hikes over the last few months. It’s allowed me to snap great shots of the family as we tackle evening hikes together in Red Rock. I’ve also used it to film segments for other gear reviews. The mount is very light but it held up well in both freezing temperatures and my intentional rough handling. I over tightened the Stick Pic to my camera to see if it would snap or strip the threading but neither occurred. Of course, you probably could force it into failure if you wanted to, but I was happy applying more torque than I would under any normal conditions and it held up to that.
The benefit that the Stick Pic gives you when filming is that needed separation between your mug and the camera. I use an HD Flip Video on the trail and using The Stick Pic and my trekking pole I can create distance without losing any of the audio. This mount gives you the ability to film those Suvivorman moments that Les Stroud made famous. Of course, he uses a tripod to do that which weighs much more.
The best design element of the Stick Pic though is the angle that is built into it. Once attached to your camera and the trekking pole, the angle created by the mount is elevated slightly and produces video and still shots that don’t capture your hand, arm, or even the pole. It’s genius!
When used with a digital camera it provides the distance and reveals more of the background that you really want to include in your shots. How many times have you tried to balance your camera on a rock, set the times, and run back into position? As many as I have I would guess. That process is now a thing of your past. The Stick Pic gives you a very efficient way to take those shots whether you’re hiking alone or with others.
On additional note about the design of the Stick Pic is that it’s built to handle both small and mid-sized cameras. I’ve used it successfully with my Flip Video, my small point and shoot camera, and also my larger Sony digital camera. The mount is secure if you just pull it over the pointed end of the trekking pole and give it a twist to tighten it down a bit.
The Stick Pic website offers additional information about the mount and the sizes. They offer different sizes to accommodate a wide range of poles, claiming that they can fit more than 90% of the poles on the market. You should be able to find one that’s right for you.