One of my favorite new gadgets is about the size of a quarter. It’s called the HISY ($25) and it’s a wireless (Bluetooth) iPhone camera shutter remote that makes snapping selfies and group photos you actually want to be in effortless.
Let’s face it. Taking a good selfie can be hard. Mirror pics, for instance, suck because they don’t capture just you—they also get your phone. The “reach out” is no good either because it’s always capturing your face from a weird angle since you have to use your arm as a tripod. You could always try to use a camera app with a built-in timer or “whistle to capture” function, but none of those options come even remotely close (get it?) to the superior results you can achieve using HISY.
I’ve been testing out HISY for a couple weeks now and it’s become a go-to accessory. I make sure it’s in my messenger bag at all times.
Using HISY couldn’t be easier. It literally has one button on it (in fact, the whole device basically is a little button) and you press it when you want to snap a pic or start recording a video.
HISY is fun to look and and hold. It’s got a cool design that comes in either a white or colorful plastic shell. There’s a red ring of light around the button that lights up when pressed to let you know you’re shooting if you’re too far away from your phone to hear it’s sound notifications.
There’s also a psychological component in how HISY is used to take selfies that makes it better. You’ll probably have more confidence in a shot that you were able to compose and control a bit more tightly using HISY than in a shot using an arm to balance a phone. You can focus 100% on how you look, on the background, etc. rather than trying to line up the shot.
While HISY is marketed toward the selfie-taking crowd, I’ve found it to be very useful for taking group photos as well. This way nobody has to be excluded from the shot or has to run to and from the camera to set a timer or something annoying like that.
Here’s a funny little Easter egg for you I just discovered while typing out this review: pressing HISY’s button while listening to the Spotify app on your iPhone will control the volume (either turning it up or down). Hitting it once will move it up or down one level but holding down will crank it! I could see some pranksters out there having a blast at their roommates expense…
If you are looking for a great iPhone camera remote that looks good and works even better, it’s hard to imagine finding anything better than the HISY.