Photography gadgets you need

This week on CTV Tech Talk, I showed Jefferson gadgets for taking better photos and devices that can help you print them easily at home too. From flexible spider-like tripods, to mini pocket printers you can bring to a party, check out the gear that makes photography fun again.

Joby gorillapod hybrid erinlyyc camera photoJoby tripods & gear

Joby is well known for its quality photo gear. Using one of its GorillaPod flexible tripods, you can stabilize your shot and snap pictures from anywhere. The tripod’s flexible rubberized legs can wrap around nearly anything, from trees, to posts, mailboxes and rocks. Plus the durable size of the GorillaPod Hybrid means you can use it for your smartphone with an adapter (the GripTight Mount) or with a heavier DSLR camera body.  If you pick up the mini remote control that Joby also makes, you can even snap remote photos for yourself from nearly anywhere.

The GripTight POV device holds a smart phone securely and will prevent it from falling in the water or down a mountainside. These gadgets are great for people who love the outdoors or for people who just generally want to make improvements to their smart phone photos.

Read more details about the gear I tried from Joby here.

FujiFilm Instax Share SP2 photo printer

fuji fujifilm instax camera prnter polaroid photo photography erinlyycFujifilm has recently upgraded its pocket photo printer, the Instax Share, to make numerous improvements; the new model is known as the SP-2. It prints mini size photos only, that measure 62mm x 46mm or 3″x 2″. I had a chance to test this device for several weeks, so click here for the review. It’s one of my favourite photo gadgets of all the new items I tested.

Polaroid SnapTouch camera & printer in one

Polaroid snap touch printer camera erinlyycThis device is an all-in-one camera and mini photo printer.  The SnapTouch is a small cute looking camera that’s pretty portable. You can take photos on its 13mp camera and print them on the spot, or connect it to your smartphone and print photos from there.

I did some testing of the Polaroid SnapTouch camera and photo printer – read the full review and details about how it works, and what kind of photo quality you get, here.

polaroid zip mini printer photo erinlyyc Polaroid Zip mini photo printer


Polaroid compact zip Photo printer is a dedicated printer that will give you small 3″ x 2″ prints. These photos come out of the printer fully formed and ready to go; there is no developing time needed. Have a look at what you can expect from the Polaroid Zip here.

Ventev mobile accessories

Ventev mobile cable

I can never have enough power! My iPhone is always running out of juice so I need power banks, spare cables, etc. Ventev is a new company to Canada, and they’ve got a whole line of new gadgets that I’ve been testing and really like. Read all about Ventev’s mobile accessories here.


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79 thoughts on “Photography gadgets you need

  1. I love your segments! I am a total tech nut and would love this prize pack! Thanks for hosting this cool segment 🙂

  2. These gadgets are all great little toys. I am in love with the instant prints, especially the colours if the finished prints.

  3. Great tech Erin! The Polaroid of Fuji printer is definitely on my list for things to get… along with a tripod and…

  4. Always enjoy your little tech talk bits. I’m a gadget junky much to my wife’s dismay, however truth be told she loves them as much as I do!!

  5. That was a really great tech talk this morning! Feel free to hook me up with one of those Gift Bags! 😉

  6. So inspiring to have a woman reviewing and demonstrating tech gadgets. You are marvellous at providing the information in an interesting and understandable manner.

  7. I loved seeing that mini photo printer. I would not heard about it if it were not for you being on CTV Morning.

  8. Erin seeing you on CTV Tech Talk this morning was great! I was working while listening to CTV but you made me stop working and sit and pay attention to what you were showing on Tech Talk as you have a great on air voice and cheerful personality. You were the bright part of my CTV viewing experience this morning. Have a great day!

  9. Cool to see some quick printers on the market for on the go rather than big bulky desktop ones, good summary of smart items

  10. The products you have shown here are accesories that I am interested in.
    Please enter my name for the draw.

  11. Amazing new gadgets for my iPhone, and finally a printer to print photos from my phone! Thank yiu fir sharing!

  12. I’m not a gadgety kind of person but loved the gadgets Erin showed on CTV. Love the Polaroid Snap Touch camera and printer in one. Can’t get any easier than that.

  13. Great segment with the Fuji and Polaroid cameras, it’s nice that they are keeping it alive by integrating cell phones. Have you tried the Impossible Film which is made to work with old Polaroid cameras? It’s pretty neat too.

  14. Love seeing all these new things . Nice to see a lady presenting them because most of the time we think of guys when we think of these tech things. Would love to learn how to use them.

  15. Love the tripods. This is exactly what I’m looking to use for our next trip. So awesome that they’re good for both phones and my DSLR!

  16. Erin, your tech talk was extremely helpful. I’m always nervous about upgrading my devices but knowing there is people like yourself that can always help makes it easier. I’m heading to South America to volunteer to a few months and would love some new gadgets to take with me.

  17. I just so on CTV Tech Talk, Jefferson gadgets and those look very cool. I love to try some of those.

  18. Your tech talk is very helpful to someone like me who is getting into using the gadgets. Thanks very much. Keep them coming

  19. Great show today would love to have one of the prizes to take lots of pictures of my grandson.

  20. Great segment. I especially like the Joby gear. I’m planning a road trip to Inuvik this summer and coukd really make use of that gear.

  21. Good Morning
    Love the Polaroid Zip and the stabilizer my kids tease me for taking so many photos, The worst part is driving to Costco hooking your phone up to the machine to make a print..
    Also where could I purchase these items?
    If I don’t win contest?
    Thx Have a Grest Day!!

  22. I passed by CTV Morning Live Calgary this morning and I saw your pep talk about photography tech stuffs. I love the way you demonstrate and explain everything especially the Instax Printer (would love to have to soon). I always watch those tech guys on Youtube and for a gal on tech stuffs was so much cooler. Please do continue making reviews or vlogs on Facebook so I could watch out on your new reviews and news about new techs. ☺

  23. I am not very tech savvy, so I really enjoy your segments on the morning show. I learn about many items and would really like to win your contest. Thanks for a great segment!

  24. Love to see what’s new in the tech world. Had an old Polaroid camera and am amazed how far we’ve come!!

  25. Love watching these segments and enjoy trying to win a package. Most importantly is learning what is new in the latest gadgets to make life a little easier Thanks so Much !

  26. That photo printer is pretty cool, but wasn’t the old version of a Polaroid basically a photo printer as well? Haha

  27. Excellent segment on mobile tech gear. Loved learn the differences of the wireless printers, mobile tripod and much more. Cant wait to see more Tech talk on CTV Morning.

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