Welcome to our big selfie stick test 2021. Here we present all the selfie sticks we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.
We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best selfie stick for you.
You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a selfie stick.
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- 2 Summary
- 3 The Best Selfie Stick: Our Choices
- 4 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a selfie stick
- 5 Decision: What types of selfie sticks are there and which is the right one for you?
- 5.1 How does the selfie stick without trigger work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
- 5.2 How does the selfie stick with Bluetooth work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
- 5.3 How does the selfie stick with remote control work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
- 5.4 How does the selfie stick with cable work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
- 6 Buying criteria: You can compare and evaluate selfie sticks based on these factors
- 7 Facts worth knowing about selfie sticks
- For the perfect selfie or snapshot with family or friends, the selfie stick is perfect.
- You can also improve your smartphone photos with a selfie stick, as you can take photos from a higher or lower perspective.
- The length, weight, shutter button, connection and power supply of the selfie stick are important purchase criteria that you should consider when making your choice.
The Best Selfie Stick: Our Choices
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a selfie stick
How much does a selfie stick cost?
Selfie sticks that are only compatible with a smartphone are available for relatively little money. Prices currently range from about nine to 30 euros.
Before you buy a selfie stick, make sure that it is compatible with your camera.
How can I charge a selfie stick?
The connection cable can either be connected to the laptop and charged via it or charged in the wall socket with a 5 volt USB mains adapter. Most selfie sticks have a small LED light built in to indicate when the battery is fully charged.
How can I connect a selfie stick to the underwater camera or smartphone?
The selfie stick extends your arm and allows you to take better pictures of yourself. However, many selfie sticks for underwater cameras are only suitable for recording videos, as they cannot be connected directly to the camera's shutter release. In order to be able to use the full photo recording function, the underwater camera must therefore be equipped with a Bluetooth function.
The connection with the smartphone, however, is somewhat easier. Some selfie sticks can be connected directly to the smartphone via an Aux connection.
Decision: What types of selfie sticks are there and which is the right one for you?
Basically, you can distinguish between four types of selfie sticks:
- Stick without shutter release button
- Stick with Bluetooth
- Stick with remote control
- Stick with cable connection
The Seflie stick is a simple gadget that helps you to make your photos even better. It is more or less an extension of your arm. Whether you want to use it with a smartphone, a compact camera or an action cam, manufacturers offer you different versions and options.
In the following section, we will take a closer look at the above-mentioned types of selfie sticks. With a list of advantages and disadvantages, we will try to help you make a decision.
How does the selfie stick without trigger work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
The selfie stick without a shutter release is the simplest and cheapest option. You don't need any additional equipment and don't have to worry about battery life. Here, your smartphone (or other photo device) is simply clamped into the holder on the stick.
To take a photo, open the photo app of your device. There you will immediately see the photo section. For photos with several people or a specific background, the telescopic rod characteristic of all selfie sticks can help you take the perfect photo.
When you are ready to take the photo, you can use the timer function or the self-timer. After a short countdown, your photo is ready. By using the selfie stick, you no longer have to hope for help from others and leave your smartphone in the hands of others. The quality of your photos will also improve noticeably.
The stick ensures that pictures are less blurred. To ensure that you can use your stick for as long as possible, make sure you don't buy the cheapest product.
How does the selfie stick with Bluetooth work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
The selfie stick with Bluetooth has the same function as the simple selfie stick. It is supposed to help you take the perfect photo. In contrast to the simple version, this stick is equipped with Bluetooth. On the front of the stick is a button with which you can directly activate the picture shutter.
Before you can start, you should check the battery level of your stick. Then activate Bluetooth on your smartphone. Make sure that the stick and the smartphone connect and open the photo app.
When buying a camera, make sure that the shutter release button is easily accessible with your fingers. Again, it is not advisable to buy the cheapest product. Bluetooth connections are prone to interference, so a cheap product will not have a beneficial effect on the strength of the connection.
Another reason to choose a higher quality product is the battery. In most sticks, the battery is permanently installed and cannot be replaced. If it is broken, you have to buy a new device.
How does the selfie stick with remote control work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
The selfie stick with remote control also works with Bluetooth. However, Bluetooth is not integrated into the stick, but is located in the small remote control. The stick itself is nothing more than a simple selfie stick. Here, too, you have to take care of the battery before you start. Then connect the remote control to your smartphone and open the photo app.
Using the remote control has some distinct advantages. They often have a relatively long range. You can therefore place your stick away from you and use your remote control to activate the shutter.
Moreover, it doesn't matter who presses the shutter button. This makes your pictures even less blurred. In the case of the remote control, since the Bluetooth is not directly integrated in the stick, it is also easier to connect it to other photo devices.
On the other hand, you have to be careful with the remote control itself. Since it is very small, it can easily get lost. Despite its many advantages, however, it can also cause connection problems.
How does the selfie stick with cable work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
The last variant works completely without Bluetooth, but still has an integrated picture trigger. Here, the connection between the smartphone and the stick is established via a cable. The cable attached to the stick is connected to the headphone output of your smartphone.
This type of stick is particularly popular because it is the least susceptible to interference. It is not necessary to charge a battery because the stick gets its power from the connection cable. The procedure for taking the photo is the same as for the Bluetooth variants. All you have to do is connect the stick to your smartphone, open the photo app and press the shutter button.
Buying criteria: You can compare and evaluate selfie sticks based on these factors
In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate selfie sticks. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a certain device is suitable for you or not.
In summary, these are the following purchase criteria:
- Shutter button
- Power supply
In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.
A selfie stick should "extend" your arm so that you can take better pictures and videos of you and your friends. The length of the stick is therefore crucial. Most selfie sticks are so-called telescopic sticks. They can be pushed together after use so that they are easier to store. The selfie sticks we tested have an extendable maximum length between 50 and 95 centimetres.
The weight of the selfie stick also plays a role, albeit a minor one. If used for a long time, the selfie stick can become relatively heavy. Selfie sticks are usually made of aluminium, but the weight varies from model to model. The weight of the selfie sticks in our test ranges from 130 to 360 grams.
Make sure that the selfie stick is not too heavy, otherwise it will strain your arm during prolonged use.
Some selfie sticks are equipped with a trigger button that serves as a remote control. The shutter release button can be used to take photos with the camera or smartphone clamped in place.
Did you know that there are over 360,000,000 photos on Instagram with the hashtag selfie?
... and there are more every day!
If the selfie stick is not equipped with a shutter release button, it is primarily used for video recordings. However, it is also possible to take photos by using the camera's delayed self-timer.
Another way to control the camera without a shutter button is to use a remote control for the camera. Some models offer wristbands as remote controls.
The selfie stick is connected to the underwater camera via Bluetooth. A selfie stick without Bluetooth cannot be controlled by the shutter release button. If you want to clamp your smartphone into the stick, a connection via the Aux connection is also possible on some models.
The selfie sticks we tested are primarily intended for cameras and therefore cannot be supplied with power via the connection to the camera. The power supply therefore runs via a built-in rechargeable battery. The battery cannot be replaced, so you should fully charge it before use.
The battery can be charged using the USB cable provided. You can charge the stick either via USB directly on your laptop or with a 5 volt USB mains adapter directly in the socket. The mains adapter is usually not included in the scope of delivery, but can be bought cheaply on the Internet or from specialist retailers.
Charging is not necessary with a selfie stick that has an aux connection. Through the cable connection with the smartphone, the selfie stick is supplied with power by the smartphone.
Facts worth knowing about selfie sticks
Where are selfie sticks prohibited?
Selfie sticks are increasingly banned in front of tourist attractions. However, use for underwater photography is usually allowed.
Selfie sticks are now banned in many American museums. In Berlin, too, the sticks are taboo in numerous state museums. They are counted among the "bulky and sharp-edged objects", according to the official capital city portal. They are also not allowed to be taken into the Bavarian State Painting Collection.
The use of selfie sticks in the water is generally allowed. When snorkelling in the sea or swimming in a lake, the stick can be used without hesitation. However, the use of selfie sticks in water parks is also partly prohibited.
Where do selfie sticks come from?
Selfie sticks come from China, a country where photography is still much more important than in the rest of the world. The Chinese are always looking for the perfect photo and that's how the selfie stick came onto the market. Since 2014, the sticks have also become increasingly popular in our country. The selfie sticks are not only manufactured in China, but also in the USA and Germany.
Did you know that the first selfie was probably taken over 170 years ago?
In 1839, the amateur chemist Robert Cornelius took the first selfie and probably had no idea of the extent to which this way of taking photos would later take on.
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