I will never understand the obsession with taking “selfies”. If you are not up on the “lingo” a “selfie” is where you take pictures of YOURSELF on your cellphone or camera. Not pictures of other people, events or scenery – pictures of yourself.
I’m pretty sure selfies are more a teenage/young adult thing. I can’t picture grandma taking a selfie giving the “peace” sign. LOL!
I don’t like to take ANY pictures of myself, so snapping selfies is not my thing. My kids however – especially my daughter – have nothing but selfies on their phone and Facebook pages. I don’t know if it’s conceit thing or just an “in” thing/fad.
If you have ever tried to take a selfie with your phone you know that it’s not always easy. You have to keep the camera in arms length and have the ability to press the button to snap the photo. It’s easier just to have someone snap the photo for you. That way you can pose any way you want and not have worry about having the ability to press the shutter button.
If you, or a loved one, is partial to taking selfies, I have a perfect gift idea for you. It’s called Shutterball, by Audiovox.
Shutterball is exactly that – a rubber-like ball with a “brain”.
Shutterball works by downloading the FREE Shutterball app and then syncing it with your Shutterball. Once syned you can use the Shutterall in place of the shutter button. That means you can place your cellphone away from you (up to 60′) and when ready simple press the button on the ball to snap the photo. It’s that easy!
Shutterball is also great for snapping group and family photos. It’s perfect for snapping a photo of your entire family around the Christmas tree and have ALL family members presen – not a missing person who has to stay out of the shot in order to snap the photo.
You can even use Shutterball to snap video. That is also a useful feature for the holiday. You can video tape people opening gifts without having to worry about missing out on the action why you fiddle with your phone to take the video. Simply set your phone up in a good location and when you are ready to start the video simply squeeze on your Shutterball.
What I like about Shutterball is that there is nothing to re-charge or batteries to worry about. The pre-installed batteries have up to a 5 year life, depending on how much you use it.
I received a Shutterball to review. Actually for my kids to try out, share their thoughts with me so that I can do the review. My daughter was more than happy to jump on it.
I asked my daughter to forward me some photos that she took with the Shutterball for the sake of this review. Ha! I should know better. Teenagers are moody creatures. If she’s not in the mood she’ll freak out. When she’s in a decent mood and you ask for a photo you’ll get the “Eww… I look horrible. I’m too fat” response. Really? I think she looks great.
BUT… I don’t want to freak her out so I’ll have to assume that she’s enjoying the Shutterball. I have seen her using it. A few times I saw her take pictures of herself with our dog and one of our cats. I know she takes it to school too because a few times I saw it in her bag. The Shutterball does have a loop on it so you can hang it off your belt loop or keychain. She prefers to tuck it inside a pocket in her bag.
Just to give you a “heads up”, both dogs and cats might see this as a toy. Mine sure did. Thankfully my dog didn’t chew on it (I got it from him before he did).
Shutterball comes in different colors too.
Here is a brief video of Shutterball in action.
If you are still looking for a great gift, especially for a hard to impress teen, or a fun stocking stuffer, why not consider Shutterball?
Shutterball is available for $24.95.
For more information, or to find out how to purchase Shutterball, visit www.MyShutterball.com. You can even check out the brand on Facebook.
What do you think about Shutterball? Feel free to share your comments.
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinion expressed is my own and not influenced in any way.