Rollei ePano Selfie remote-controlled smartphone panorama head review
At the end of September I wrote about a new gadget from Rollei which makes capturing a smooth 360-degree panorama shot simplicity itself – the ePano Selfie. I have spent a week with this little device so let’s see what I think about it.
Rollei claims that recording a memorable event can now be taken to the next level thanks to this 360-degree rotating selfie panorama head – but is it any good and, more importantly, should you get one?
Rollie ePano Selfie design
The ePano Selfie is a compact little thing measuring only 5.8cm wide and 6.5cm tall. When it’s packed up or being attached to a Selfie Stick it is a neat ball with a clamp attachment to take a mobile phone on top.
This natty device is also equipped with three fold-out feet so that it can convert into a mini tripod.
The body of the ePano Selfie is made from rubberised plastic and the metallic parts are finished in a nice burnt orange colour.
On the ePano Selfie is a small infra-red eye so that it can be controlled by the bundled remote control and an orange on/off button. There is also a microUSB port to recharge the unit and this thing is also packing Bluetooth!
Below where the removable phone clamp fits is a cuff marked out in seconds.
The ePano Selfie only weighs 100g but can support up to 500g.
Rollie ePano performance
You were probably scratching your head as to why the ePano Selfie is loaded with Bluetooth – so was I, if I am being honest.
But, applying a little logic as Rollei has obviously done, it makes perfect sense.
When you pair the ePano Selfie with your phone you are then able to use the remote control to trigger your mobile’s camera shutter. This means that you can also appear in the panoramic shot or simply not have to risk nudging the camera when you take your snaps.
The clamp worked well and my HTC One M9 was securely attached. I tried shaking the thing around to see if I could dislodge my mobile but it sat stubbornly in place.
The rotation of the ePano Selfie is nice and smooth and the adjustable timer works well.
Removing the phone clamp reveals a standard threaded camera bolt so, just for fun really, I was able to attach my Canon DSLR. Remarkably the tripod seemed steady and I was still able to control the rotation easily – just a shame I haven’t got a remote shutter for my 1200D. It does, however, come in handy for panning the DSLR whilst shooting video though.
Rollie ePano Selfie review conclusion
This lightweight and robust selfie panorama head does exactly what it promises.
It holds your camera or phone firmly in place when recording and you are able to control everything remotely thanks to the included remote control.
Rollie ePano Selfie availability and price
You can get the ePano Selfie right now directly from the Rollei site for €54,99.