Although the vast majority of our content is based around motorized gimbals and manual camera stabilizers, we have decided to go in a slightly different direction for this post and cover a selfie stick. After publishing our article on the best gimbal for Canon G7X cameras where we came to the conclusion that the Zhiyun Crane M2 was the undisputed king of gimbals for the Canon G7X, we noticed a number of people reaching out about a selfie stick for Canon G7X cameras.
Now, as the vast majority of selfie sticks on the market are designed for use with lightweight smartphones or action cameras that are often under the 0.5-pound mark, a heavier point and shoot camera like the Canon G7X needs a stronger selfie stick that is able to support its weight without buckling. Thankfully, the Kusky Selfie Stick is reinforced and perfect for your G7X.
In addition to the traditional functionality that you would expect from a selfie stick such as supporting action cameras and smartphones, the Kusky Selfie Stick can also support the weight of point and shoot cameras like the G7X as well as various mirrorless camera setups too. In addition to this, we have also seen a few reports of people being able to use lightweight DSLR rigs with the stick too without issue.
As you would probably expect in this market of flimsy selfie sticks, the Kusky Selfie Stick has taken off and quickly managed to earn itself an excellent reputation within the community that just keeps growing at a rapid pace. Now only does the stick provide you with the image stabilization required to selfies with excellent image quality but it is also extremely easy to use and cheap too making it the obvious choice.
Performance And Functionality
With the G7X being a fixed lens camera unit, you only have limited options when it comes to capturing selfies with the camera that have a wide-angle view. After setting your camera’s lens to its widest point, the next step is to position the camera as far away from you as possible to ensure that it is able to capture as much of the landscape in the background as possible.
Although 26.6 inches may not sound like much, when you factor in your fully extended arm, it really can make a difference and ensure that you are able to capture excellent photographs or video footage with as much of the background as possible. If you are using your Canon G7X for travel vlogging or something like that then the Kusky Selfie Stick is the obvious choice as it allows you to quickly and easily do 360 degree spins to show you, viewers, the sights you get to see on your travels.
Now, the stick does come with its smartphone clamp mounted as standard but you simple unscrew the smartphone clip to reveal the quarter-inch mounting thread at the end of the stick that you are able to mount your Canon G7X to. If you want additional control of aiming your G7X with the Kusky Selfie Stick then you can also pick up a swivel head to have more control over the camera.
Chances are, in this day and age, you may have multiple compatible cameras that you are able to use to capture your selfies with in addition to your G7X. The stick comes with the relevant clamps and mounts for action cameras and smartphones as standard too. This ensures that you are able to quickly and easily switch between your devices to meet your needs to capture the perfect selfie at all times.
For example, say you are hiking to a waterfall and you want to capture some selfies of you on your hike and in front of the waterfall with your G7X. You then decide that you want to actually get in the water and capture some selfies with you under the waterfall too. As most people won’t want to risk water damage to their G7X, you can quickly and easily switch over to the action camera adapter and capture selfies in the water as required.
Some additional functionality that the Kusky Selfie Stick offers you that gives it an edge over the competing selfie sticks on the market right now is its ability to turn its handle into a mini tripod when required as shown in the image above. Although nowhere near as efficient as an actual cheap travel tripod, this additional functionality can actually be very helpful in a pinch.
Say you are out sightseeing and are capturing selfies but want a full-body photograph with you in the frame with a landmark or epic vista in the background. You are able to quickly open up the handle of the Kusky Selfie Stick and turn it into a mini tripod, set your Canon G7X up, get in the frame, and then trigger your camera using the wireless remote control included with the selfie stick.
Now, we just want to say that some common sense is going to have to come into play when using the selfie stick like this. If it is a windy day then keep in mind that with the stick fully extended in tripod mode with a heavy camera like the G7X mounted to it, a decent gust of wind will be able to easily blow it over and potentially damage your expensive camera. That said, if it is a calm day with no wind, this really is some great functionality that helps edge the Kusky Selfie Stick out ahead of the competition, especially at this price point in the market.
All in all, when it comes to the performance and functionality of the stick, it is easy to see why it is suck a popular option and why Kusky are cleaning up and dominating the selfie stick market with the product. It’s not surprising that it has tons of excellent independent reviews from people who use it as their go to selfie stick either. Additionally, as we mentioned earlier in the article, its growth is increasing with each month comes to pass as more and more people realize that this new generation of selfie stick is able to support heavier camera setups.
User Interface And Control System
Additionally, the wireless remote control is also the main trigger for the selfie stick too and sits comfortably in the housing shown in the image above. Although multiple other sticks have tried to implement this feature, most have done a poor job and the remote control can easily fall out of its housing and go missing. Kusky has ensured that the remote fits perfectly in the housing and will stay put until you need to remove it for use.
As we mentioned earlier in the article, the Kusky Selfie Stick has a maximum effective length of 26.6 inches to ensure that you are able to capture some excellent selfies with as much of your background in the frame as possible. Additionally, if you are wanting a more close up selfie then it also has a minimum length of 7.87 inches. The locking mechanism on the stick also ensures that each segment of the central column on the stick securely locks in place during use to keeping your Canon G7X camera as safe as possible when mounted to the stick.
Build Quality And Design
So many brands out there have become stuck in their ways from the success of their low-quality first-generation selfie sticks that sold like hotcakes back in the initial 2015 boom when street vendors in tourist areas could easily sell low-quality products. With more and more people looking to get superior image quality to stand out in the competitive social media and vlogging space they are not looking to use cameras like the Canon G7X and this requires a higher standard of stick due to its additional weight.
Again, just like with the performance and functionality of the stick, Kusky has knocked it out the park when it comes to build quality and their selfie stick really does put the competition to shame. In our opinion, Kusky has set the bar as high as possible for this new generation of selfie sticks and it has left the competing brands scrambling trying to keep up as the first generation and low-quality second-generation sticks are left behind.
When it comes to the design of the stick, there really is not much innovation available in the selfie stick space due to the product being required to do one simple task. That said though, as we mentioned in the previous section, Kusky has done a great job with the wireless remote control housing and ensured that it will not randomly fall out and accidentally get lost any time soon.
Question – Is the Kusky Selfie Stick waterproof?
Answer – No, the stick is not waterproof and although it can be used in light rain, the Bluetooth wireless remote control unit should be dried as soon as possible.
Question – Is there a maximum dimension restriction for smartphones for the Kusky Selfie Stick?
Answer – Yes, smartphones longer than 3.25 inches will not attach to the included smartphone clamp and a specialist third-party clamp will be required. That said, this is not an issue if you only intend to use your Canon G7X with the selfie stick and can be overlooked.
Question – If I lost the remote control for the Kusky Selfie Stick can a separate one be ordered?
Answer – To our knowledge, you are not able to order the remote control by itself but considering that the Kusky Selfie Stick is around $25 depending on where you purchase it from, it will probably be easier to just purchase a new stick rather than try to source a new remote. Doing it this way also means you also have a backup stick in case one breaks too.
That concludes our article on what we feel is the best selfie stick for Canon G7X and we really do feel that the Kusky Selfie Stick is the best option currently available on the market right now. We are confident that it will make a great addition to your collection of camera accessories and allow you to capture some excellent selfies with your Canon G7X with the best possible image quality.
Additionally, there are a number of third party, independent reviews from other users of the stick that you can read if you with. They offer a great insight into the performance of the stick from people who have used it for an extended period of time as their go-to selfie sick option and are worth reading if you have a few minutes spare.