Smart phone tripod mount

I have an interest in photography, I use a Canon 600D for my main photo shoots but I also use my HTC one X smart phone regularly, and get some great results from it.  Most of the photos on these pages are from the HTC one X.

I recently fancied doing some time lapse photography, I had a choice of using the Canon but decided to buy the Lapse-it pro app for Android for under £2 (if you have an iPhone 6 it has time lapse built in!). To do time lapse, a tripod and mount is required.  So here it is, made from black Acetal rod, milled out to shape with a clamp nut also made from Acetal it works a treat.

Basic shape milled out with the radius clamp area machined on both ends, The square block is from the tripod and has the 1/4″ Whitworth threaded screw.
Machining the radius with a 10mm radius cutter. The set up worked well, although it looks a bit haphazard, I was only 8 thou out of true. Now It’s time to split this main body into two pieces, one short and one long. Then drill and tap the mounting holes.
Tapping the threads 6mm this will be for the clamp nut. A 1/4″W thread will be used for the tripod mount (this is a standard mount thread)
With the top clamp nut machined out of Acetal and tapped 6mm, a 6mm stud was fixed into the main body to accept the sleeved nut. This photo shows a iPhone 5 with case held firmly.
Side photo of the mount
Front view

OK so far so good! now to do some time lapse!

If you are wondering about the 1/4″ x 20tpi Whitworth thread, this is the world standard for camera mounts, it has the necessary depth of thread with a good coarse pitch, and is ideal for use with plastics, whereas coarse metric threads do not have the same rough pitch or depth.


Update 17th January 2016:  I have recently made version two of this mount for a friend.  Made out of a flat piece of black Acetal block, it is similar in operation but is slimmer and more compact.



Machining the clamping grooves with a 10mm dia radius cutter
Machining the clamping grooves with a 10mm dia radius cutter

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