I actually bought this Selfie Stick mainly because it is extendable and has a tripod you can screw into the bottom. I seem to shake the camera to much when I am trying to take close ups of things that are of interest to me, like flowers and crystals !! I like to zoom way in and capture its essence. I didn't buy it to take pictures of myself, lol.. Oh God No...!! ha ha... I Love that you can extend it from 9" to 31", and that it a a little removable remote control thing to snap your pictures !!! But let me tell you what I have discovered with my extendable tripod selfie stick...Its been Truly a Godsend to me as I NO Longer Lose my Phone, ha ha... I am constantly losing my phone and have been longing for the days when phone's were on the wall..!! So when not using my stick for pics, it is My Phone Holder which sits on the floor or table, and I have not lost my phone once since I bought this, !!! Ha ha... So for any older folks out there, this is a multifunctional device !!!!