A tripod for your camera phone

The Sony Ericsson IM502 gives a boost to your camera phone.

Kent German Former senior managing editor / features
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The IM502 is a tiny tripod. Kent German/CBS Interactive

While browsing Sony Ericsson's table at a CES press event, I found this cool little accessory that the company announced in Las Vegas. The IM502 is a compact tripod that attaches to your Cyber-shot handset. You can use it to steady your camera phone when taking a self-portrait or a group shot with the timer. It also will come in handy when you just need to hold the shooter completely still.

At 1.1 inches by 2.3 inches by 0.4 inch, it folds away for convenient storage or for carrying in a pocket or bag. Of course, since it is a Sony Ericsson product it uses a proprietary connection--it attaches to your charger port--but it is compatible with most newer Cyber-shot and Walkman models. On the downside, you may not be able to use it for shots in a vertical orientation (depending on the phone), but I like it just the same.