A steady camera will allways help a photo look better, no matter what. You can only hold a camera so steady all by yourself, exposures under 1/30 of a second might start to look a little too artistic if your know what I mean. The ‘Pod’ is a clever design, a beanbag with a screwmount on it. Not too bad, I might pick one up and stick it in my camera bag for times when I don’t want to use my UltraPod.
BTW, if you want some advice on how to shoot better video (stills too) head on over to Ninja Team Video and watch an eposode.