Photography gadgets you need


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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.

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.

Tech Talk Contest***Please note the contest is now closed. Congrats to winners Debbie Hamilton and Sarah Sydney both of Calgary.

Enter to win a gift pack from Ventev Mobile

Today on Tech Talk I announced I’m giving away:

2 Ventev Mobile Gift Packs (packs include a variety of accessories supplied by Ventev)

How to enter:

***Please note the contest is now closed

Simply post a comment below (hopefully a nice one!)    NOTE – You must be able to come to CTV Calgary studios to claim your prize.

You may enter once per day for the next THREE days. Contest closes at 11:59pm MT Thursday January 19th, 2017. One entry per person, per day. Duplicate/additional entries on the same day will be discarded.

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  1. clynner14 on January 19, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I love the polaroid snaptouch camera!! It’s so cute!

  2. Daina Sefton on January 19, 2017 at 8:09 am

    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.

  3. Denise on January 19, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Tech talk is one of my favorite segments. I am looking forward to the next one.

  4. Christy Ross on January 18, 2017 at 9:01 am

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

  5. Ron on January 18, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Interesting gadgets presented which are very useful and practical.

  6. Denise Kervin on January 18, 2017 at 8:00 am

    This is my go to website when I am looking for a Tech gift.

  7. Matt B on January 18, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Always look forward to this piece on morning live. 😀👍🏻

  8. Barbie Franks on January 17, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    I love your Tech Talk segments on CTV Morning! The mini printer is so cool 🙂

  9. scarlettsnorkelz on January 17, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    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 !

  10. Judy Morrison on January 17, 2017 at 10:05 am

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

  11. Sharon Braglin on January 17, 2017 at 10:03 am

    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!

  12. Sean on January 17, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Would love some new mobile accessories to keep me going through the day!

  13. Dawn Burrell on January 17, 2017 at 9:14 am

    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!!

  14. Patrick G. on January 17, 2017 at 9:07 am

    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.

  15. Evan Hamilton on January 17, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Love the show today would like the prizes to take pictures of the Calgary landscape.

  16. Wayne Morris on January 17, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Loved your segment, thanks for providing me with some fresh ideas

  17. Debbie Hamilton on January 17, 2017 at 9:00 am

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

  18. Ed Basto on January 17, 2017 at 8:59 am

    I love your show with new gadgets
    “Ventev” Please enter my name for draw

  19. Lou Oneski on January 17, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Ventev, very cool gadgets. I love the mini printers.
    It could go everywhere with you

  20. Elizabeth Allan on January 17, 2017 at 8:57 am

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

  21. Dean Lockard on January 17, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Great ideas for my daughters birthday coming up!!

  22. Denis Xhillari on January 17, 2017 at 8:56 am

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

  23. Phyllisl on January 17, 2017 at 8:56 am

    With the volume of travellers these days,it is great in the way of portable printers

  24. Dana Stephen on January 17, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I am very interested in trying these gadgets I don’t own any!!!!

  25. Bill Hauck on January 17, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Interesting show. Thanks

  26. Tara Leeder on January 17, 2017 at 8:55 am

    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.

  27. Luda Paul on January 17, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Sorry for the typo’s, my iPad is misbehaving.

  28. Steve Doudican on January 17, 2017 at 8:55 am

    The Polaroid film brought back some memories on today’s Tech Talk.

  29. Matt B on January 17, 2017 at 8:55 am

    As always, a great segment. Informative and interesting.

  30. Kristine Vacola on January 17, 2017 at 8:54 am

    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!

  31. Murray Lang on January 17, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Just had grandkids. Now I now know I need to get one of those instant printers. Thanks

  32. Marilyn Wallace on January 17, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Love learning about the new tech gadgets, thanks Erin!

  33. Anna Louie on January 17, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Family would love the camera. Excellent segment on CTV this morning.

  34. Karen pajak on January 17, 2017 at 8:54 am

    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.

  35. Chris on January 17, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Cool old school pictures. Love the printers. Looks like I have shopping to do.

  36. Freedom Mantee on January 17, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Great presentation and very informative. That tech looks so fun and exciting!

  37. Jo knee on January 17, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Fun segment. Love morning live.

  38. Vincent on January 17, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Always very interesting..

  39. Ron Schwartz on January 17, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Interesting options for making your cell phone pictures meaningful.

  40. Jenny Thomson on January 17, 2017 at 8:53 am

    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.

  41. Luda Paul on January 17, 2017 at 8:52 am

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

  42. Bernie Veness on January 17, 2017 at 8:52 am

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

  43. Linda Philibert on January 17, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Always enjoy the Tech Talk mornings and would love to win one of the gift bags……Linda

  44. Anna Thompson on January 17, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Enjoyed the segment, I need to become more tech savy.

  45. Wayne Kupferschmidt on January 17, 2017 at 8:52 am

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

  46. Laura Lane on January 17, 2017 at 8:51 am

    I always enjoy your segments in CTV, great info

  47. Dana Stephen on January 17, 2017 at 8:51 am

    I don’t have any phone gadgets, I would love to hear I won!!!

  48. Kim Mc on January 17, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Love these gadgets

  49. Fernando Borjas on January 17, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Very interesting section, congratulations to you and CTV News Calgary.

  50. Dean McMillan on January 17, 2017 at 8:51 am

    The gadgets are great. Takes me back to my youth. lol

  51. Jennifer I on January 17, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Thanks for sharing on CTV this morning. I am very interested in the mini photo printers!

  52. Mary Lou Friesen on January 17, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Photo gadgets on CTV were awesome! Luv Ventev!

  53. Wendy Ylijoki on January 17, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for all the latest gadget info. Keep them coming…..

  54. Melanie Frier on January 17, 2017 at 8:50 am

    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!

  55. Bernadette Bosse on January 17, 2017 at 8:50 am

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

  56. Hannah Rud on January 17, 2017 at 8:50 am

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

  57. Eelco Bolhuis on January 17, 2017 at 8:50 am

    That ZIP is cool and never knew about it, thanks!

  58. Nathan McKenzie on January 17, 2017 at 8:49 am

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

  59. ianesplen on January 17, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Lots of great info and cool gadgets!

  60. Linda Dearden on January 17, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Love your stuff on CTV appearances.

  61. Laura on January 17, 2017 at 8:49 am

    I enjoy the tech talk on CTV morning news.

  62. Thao Bui on January 17, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Thanks for showcasing the tripod, was looking for something small and flexible

  63. Dwayne D on January 17, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Cool stuff

  64. Howard McKay on January 17, 2017 at 8:49 am

    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!!

  65. Dana Stephen on January 17, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Hi, I would like to win please!!!!

  66. Beverly Brummelhuis on January 17, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Great tips for taking photos with my camera. Thanks.

  67. Jenna Hutchison on January 17, 2017 at 8:48 am

    I love gift packs! 🙂

  68. Jenn Fehr on January 17, 2017 at 8:48 am

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

  69. Brandie on January 17, 2017 at 8:48 am

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

  70. Tammy McKenney on January 17, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Such cool gadgets to get us out doors and moving more too!

  71. Marianne Riddle on January 17, 2017 at 8:48 am

    I love your segments on CTV! I am a tech gadget junkie!

  72. Phyl Wilson on January 17, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Very cool Old School pics !!

  73. Christy on January 17, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Love the polaroids and tripods!! Really changing up the game for Instagram pictures haha

  74. Ryan DeLuca on January 17, 2017 at 8:47 am

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

  75. Ven on January 17, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Another great segment on this mornings CTV Tech Talk

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