Our Story


I first had the idea for Helium on a flight back home to Durham, North Carolina from San Francisco in 2013. I was a professional photographer and filmmaker, and once again, I'd brought all my bulky and heavy professional SLR equipment with me on vacation, only to end up shooting everything with my iPhone.

As much as I liked shooting with my iPhone, I felt that it had some deficiencies. It wasn't comfortable to hold as a camera for an extended period of time. I couldn't easily swap lenses, improve its audio capabilities, add ancillary lighting or mount it on support gear such as tripods, a slider or a jib. I looked around for a solution that was compact, reliable and that would allow me to do all those things at once, but I couldn't find anything, so I did something about it.

I started Helium with the vision of creating professional-grade tools for smartphone photographers and filmmakers. Whether you're a mobile journalist, a traveling photographer, a filmmaker or a serious hobbyist, I hope our tools will serve you well.

brandon hoe
Founder, Helium


Helium designs and develops photography, filmmaking and video tools for smartphones. We believe that there's a paradigm shift in the world of visual content creation, and we're here to support it.


Our approach to product development is simple. The tools we create must:

    • Be useful
    • Be durable
    • Be reliable
    • Be precise
    • Minimize setup time
Thank you for visiting our site, and we look forward to seeing what you create with the tools we've developed for you. Please use the #madewithHelium hashtag so we can see what you're creating.