Product Type: Hama tripods
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Hama 4024 Mini Tripod
Member Name: Zmugzy
Hama 4024 Mini Tripod
Date: 11/10/12, updated on 08/09/13 (134 review reads)
Advantages: Compact, lightweight and cheap
Disadvantages: Only suitable for compact cameras with a tripod screw hole at the centre of the base.
I purchased the Hama 4024 mini tripod about 6 months ago mainly for use with a compact digital recorder. Most people will use it with small compact digital cameras as I have done on occasion. Small tripods are ideal when used in conjunction with the timer function on your camera. After setting up your camera on the tripod, you can press the timer button and do a quick self portrait or jump into a group photo shot.
The tripod is quite light so it would only be suitable for small digital compact cameras rather than a heavier SLR type. Although you might get away with using one of the smaller bridge cameras. It would be advisable to avoid using this tripod on very blustery days as a light camera perched on top might have a tendency to topple over. On the plus side this is a very compact item that can easily be slipped into a pocket and won't add much weight to your bag .
The tripod is about 12cm in height. At the top of the tripod affixed to the head is the universal screw thread mount that will fit nearly all cameras. This juts up from a rubbery textured surface that provides grip with the camera body once it is screwed onto the head of the tripod. The head itself is in a fixed position so if you want to point your camera in a different direction you have to turn the whole tripod. I don't find this a disadvantage. Pointing down from the head of the tripod is a clip that can possibly allow the user to clip the tripod onto a belt or something similar.
The three black finely ridged bendy legs can be adjusted so as to allow you to point your camera, once it's attached to the universal screw thread, in almost any direction. Each tripod leg can be adjusted independently. This should allow you to keep the viewfinder relatively level when the tripod is rested upon an uneven surface. The foot of each leg consists of a rubbery ball that provides a considerable amount of grip on most surfaces. As an alternative to resting the tripod on a relatively flat surface the 9cm legs can be twisted to wrap around, for example, a narrow post or a thin tree branch in order to provide a different kind of viewpoint.
When taking pictures with the tripod on a relatively flat surface the only slight criticism that I have is that it can be quite difficult sometimes to get the viewfinder into a perfectly horizontal position. So in a shot with the landscape in the background for example, don't be surprised on the odd occasion to find your horizon on a bit of a slant. However, most people nowadays should have access to some kind of photo editing application whereby you can easily adjust any wonky photos. One final important point to emphasise is to make sure the screw hole at the base of your camera is near the centre of the base. If you only have a camera where the screw hole is positioned at one end, then this tripod will not be suitable as it will be likely to tip over.
Apart from the above, there are not many complaints that I can make about this tripod, considering it cost less than £3. I would recommend it as a very handy little device.
Summary: A very handy little device
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