I bought this Hama mini tripod not long before my holidays nearly two years ago.
I wanted something sturdy that I would be able to set up to take group shots on a timer with as there was a big group of us staying in a lovely villa for the week so I thought it'd be nice to get some shots of everyone together rather than one person taking a photo of the others and the photos always showing a person down.
~ Price and availability ~
I bought this online. I think I got it new from ebay for about £7.00, which was the cheapest I could find it for at the time.
You can now buy it on Amazon new from a private seller for just £3.74 and free postage and packing.
~ Setting up ~
When it arrived in the post I was pleased with the compact size of the tripod, but at first I thought it was broken as I could not move the two legs at the front. I then realised you have to pull back the leg at the back before you move the legs at the front.
The legs are easy to move and aren't too stiff.
~ Design ~
All of the legs a 'V' shaped and made from silver coloured plastic. One of the front legs has 'hama' on the front in black lettering. There are black rubber grips on the bottom of each leg.
The design is excellent. It is lightweight. It is made so that it can be as compact as possible so it is ideal for carrying around with you, yet all of the features work well and are well thought through.
~ Size ~
When it is folded up it is only about the length of a mobile phone, but not as wide or thick so it should fit in your pocket easily. I keep it in the front of my camera case and I can just forget that it's there until I need it.
The tripod is designed to give you something sturdy to hold your camera on. It is not designed to give your camera much height and the maximum height that this tripod goes up to is about 5 inches and the minimum is about 3 inches so it does not have a lot of range, but it is only for compact cameras and the three legs offer stability. It is more secure than hoping your camera will stay standing upright on a wall or on a table.
~ Stability ~
My compact camera screws onto the top plate on the tripod easily and it can be screwed on quite tight so that you know it isn't going to fall off. The plate is hinged so you can point it up a bit, down a bit or straight ahead. To stop the plate from leaning backwards or forwards from the weight of your camera there is a plastic lever that you swivel to lock the hinge in place so that it cannot move.
I have tried my large DSLR camera on this tripod and it does hold it without tipping, but you have to balance it carefully. My DSLR is quite light for an SLR camera apparently (I have a Canon 1100D) and this tripod is not really designed for larger cameras.
With compact cameras this tripod has no problems with stability as long as you lock the hinges on the plate in place.
~ Overall ~
This tripod has come in handy for me on many occasions. It is great for taking group shots as it takes no time at all to set up and you can rely on it not to tip over and damage your camera. It is sturdy and well made.
It is great if you don't have a steady hand and are trying to capture something in particular, but as it doesn't have a lot of height it is not always ideal for these situations.
For what I wanted it for it has served me well. I would recommend it, but this tripod will not be for everyone. It would work for group shots or maybe capturing images of wildlife in your garden from your window, but if you're out and about and you're wanting to take wildlife photos so need a steady hand this isn't ideal because of the height restriction; you would still need a relatively flat platform to stand the tripod on and the ground will often be too low.
I love taking photographs of scenes, objects, people and pretty much everything. I'm, by no means, a pro when it comes to photography but even so having a tripod for a camera is a must, even for amateurs, because it makes life so easy. My nikon camera costs me a little over £100; there are certainly cameras a lot more expensive than this but it is my favourite camera and has been with me for a while. Therefore, I always worry about it falling down and breaking apart whenever I try to take group photos with me in it, and have to balance my camera on a brick wall or a boulder.
As a solution, I went to a boot sale and bought this miniature tripod at a very cheap price of £0.80. I've checked online shops and I found this tripod being retailed for £8.00 on amazon.co.uk so I'm glad to have grabbed a bargain.
The Hama digi-pod tripod compact 1 is certainly a small tripod as the name suggests. When folded up, it measures about 15 centimetres in length and weight very little (about 50 grams maybe). The portability of this tripod is amazing. The three legs fold into a neat and compact screwdriver shape and can be easily carried around in my bag even if it's full of books, bottles and other essentials. The legs of the tripod can be spread quite widely to give maximum stability, which is very reassuring as the combined cost of tripod and camera on top would be more than £100. Also, the tripod legs are covered with a non-stick surface to prevent any slips which is an additional point to the design of this product.
As for how to use it, it's very easy even for amateurs like me. It has got a screw-fit attachment at the top for the camera, and it is designed so that pretty much any camera will fit. However, in my opinion, it's better to use this with smaller cameras due to the small size of this tripod and it's light-weightiness. From my experience, I have no problem with stabilizing and balancing my camera when I take group photos and it has been doing a fabulous job as a camera stand.
However, there are some disadvantages to this compact tripod. The main drawback is that the legs of tripod cannot be extended, which is a problem if you want to take pictures at a certain height and there's no elevated surface in the immediate vicinity. I've encountered this problem several times when I went to visit a lake near my aunt's house and there's a clear field around the lake, so the tripod was of no use in that case. Due to this restriction, the tripod isn't very versatile and therefore cannot function as a 'one-for-all' tripod.
Nevertheless, for the price it cost me, I am very pleased with what it can do and how much it made it easy for me to take photos. It has a few drawbacks but that shouldn't a reason for not to buy this product because it is worth the money for the functions it can perform.
Thank you for reading. :) x
I mostly use a Canon DSLR but occasionally I will use a small point and shoot Canon camera when I'm not wanting to lug around all my gear - which can, unfortunately, get a bit tiresome from time to time! The Hama Digi-Pod Tripod Compact 1 is a small tripod for a point and shoot camera which a friend bought for me last year, and while I have not used it a lot, there have been occasions when I have found it useful to have - particularly as it is not a pay to carry around and so it's just something that I keep with my camera at all times.
Basically, this tripod is just a small device which enables you to take non-handheld shots to cut down on camera blur. While you can simply rest your camera on a ledge or something, this tripod enables you to manipulate the angle of shot and so the camera is stabilised while allowing you greater freedom to set the angle that you want. The tripod has 3 metal legs which are covered at the ends with rubber feet which helps the tripod not to slip, as well as ensuring the metal doesn't scratch the surface that it's placed on. Unlike a normal tripod, this tripod doesn't really give height, but really just allows the camera to be better stabilised.
The legs can be manipulated to give a different angle - which is useful. In addition to this, the tripod is very stable and doesn't wobble, despite being fairly lightweight. Like I said, I just carry mine around with my camera at all times and it's not a hindrance at all. Attaching the camera is just a matter of screwing the tripod into the camera base and is easily attached and removed.
I have seen this tripod on Amazon for just £2.99 - which really is a bargain. Like I said, although I haven't used it loads, it does have a place, particularly if you're taking shots in low light. At that price you really don't have anything to loose.
I had never considered buying a tripod for a digital cameras before but I recieved the Hama Digi-Pid Tripod Compact 1 as a gift earlier this year. The tripod is, as the name suggests, compact. It fits nicely in my travel bag and there isn't really a great deal to the tripod, although it is very sturdy. Available for just £3-£5 online it isn't a specialist piece of kit but it serves a purpose. The design isn't as refined as other tripods I have used in the past, but for the price it gives a workable solution to any budding photographer. I have had a number of digital cameras along the years, and it is reassuring to know that it will accomodate a variety of brands and model of digital camera.
The three little legs of the tripod are robust and stand firmly onto most surfaces. With their rubber feet they are fit for purpose, when you are attaching an expensive digital camera to such a product you really do need to trust what you are using. An obvious issue with this tripod is its height. The tripod is only really useful if you have a surface that meets your needs in terms of height, and then the tripod will simply hold the digital camera firm and in place. For just a few pounds though I don't think you can complain, and the compact size means that it isn't intended to compete with the more well established brands of professional equipment.
Overall the Hama Tripod isn't the most aesthetically pleasing product, but for £3-£5 it is an acceptable compromise for the amateur photographer looking for such a product at an affordable price. Cheap and cheerful could certainly be words used to describe this tripod!
I met up with a very old friend recently, living in Saudi Arabia I have not seen her for eight years and envisage it will be a similar period of time until I see her again. We decided to go and see a show and have dinner afterwards, so knowing I would want to take photographs I packed my camera and spare batteries.
After taking lots of snaps of my lovely friend we said how nice it would be to have a photograph together, I was just about to ask a passing lady to take the picture when my friend stopped me and handed over a strange looking piece of metal. Not being sure why she had passed me what looked like some kind of woodworking bracket, I must have looked rather blank as she quickly explained that in fact this was a miniature camera tripod.
It looks unlike any camera tripod I have ever seen before; although it folds to fairly flat dimensions, once opened out it provides a wide and stable base for your camera. There are slim, unobtrusive strips of rubber on each 'foot' - not as bulky in appearance as those on the photograph Dooyoo have provided so I suspect Hama may have changed this aspect of the design. These rubber ends serve to act as a non-slip measure and, having tested it on several different surfaces, I can attest to the fact that they do work - even the time when I rather belatedly noticed that I had stood the tripod in a sticky patch of some alcoholic beverage on a particularly unstable table.
To connect your camera to the tripod you simply locate the blunt screw at the top edge of the tripod and proceed to screw it in, hand tight is the best way I've found as this tripod does have an awful habit of tightening itself up while attached to the camera. The screw holds everything nicely together, unlike a tripod my daughter had which deposited her camera onto the table when the screw failed.
The shape and bulky nature of the tripod makes it incredibly stable; it was quite obvious once I unfolded it that this would be the case, although the stability could be made or broken by badly measured components - this isn't the case, however, and all legs are secure and level which keeps my camera still for the shot.
I am incredibly happy with this tripod and since my friend gave it to me I have used it many times. She paid 'pennies' for it in Saudi Arabia, but I have since seen the same tripod available on Amazon for around £2 - a price that astounded me as I had been expecting it to cost much more than that. The photographs of my friend and I were wonderful, something I am very pleased about as looking through my snaps today I realised this was the first I have of us together. My granddaughter also used it last weekend when she went to a concert; there is a brief story behind this as she knows a lot of the bands so they are always happy to pose for photographs with her after they have performed, a recent set of photographs was ruined when her friend took them badly so this time around she borrowed my tripod and ended up with fabulous snaps to remember her night out.
The family and I headed to Canada last year for our last big family holiday with me in tow. I am now deemed too old for any sort of exploration and this was deemed as the final swansong. However, I thought that it would be a great idea to get some great photos of this fantastic country as we headed along it, and bought a new digital camera (which i cannot find to review!). Anyway, the shop had a deal on whereby I got this in the package with it. I had never really considered using a tripod, and didn't really see the value of it, but was never going to turn it down. Although I have not used the tripod extensively, its a bit of a pain to carry round, when i have called on it, it has performed brilliantly and done the exact job I have asked it to do - so i cannot complain.
This is not the most developed and modern of products. It is simply 3 little legs with a small stand that fits my camera on to it. I had absolutely no trouble attaching my new camera and get the impression that the stand would fit a number of different devices - indeed, when researching what others thought of the product on here it is suggested that a number of different cameras can be used.
It has 3 little feet, essentially black rubber, which allow the tripod to grip and gain a little bit of purchase onto the surface which you are resting it on. Not only does that guarantee a stable picture but it is very reassuring when your balancing your brand new £200 camera on top of it.
I suppose a downside would be that the tripod cannot be extended up or down, it is either on and used or it is not. This could be an issue if you want to take photos from a height, for example, but this did not concern me greatly and I haven't tested this out.
It is not the nicest product to look at either I suppose, it is cheap and cheerful but it does a good job. I would suggest that the lack of moving parts suggest that it would be quite sturdy.
As i said, i got this thrown in along with a couple of other things when I bought my new camera, but I believe it is only £3-4 if you buy it anyway. It is good value at this money.
Nice basic tripod that works for those without any great desire to replicate Carl Zeiss shots.
When I'm out and about in somewhere interesting, or at least somewhere I find interesting, I try and take a few snaps of myself against the backdrop. Unfortunately this usually entails one of those horrible "at arms length" shots which you see all over facebook. Thankfully a while back I purchased for myself a nice tripod to set my camera on. I was discussing this at a party recently and low and behold someone gave me a spare one they weren't using. Not that I needed another one but hey, who am I to turn down free stuff?
So the tripod I was given was the Hama Digi-Pod Tripod Compact 1, a small camera tripod with a name longer than half the Royal Family. As I mentioned I didn't purchase this myself but a quick reccy on Amazon reveals it only costs about £2, no wonder it was given away for free! £2 is a bargain price for this piece and you'd be foolish not to think about buying it.
Using this tripod is very simple. Simply fold out the legs and place the tripod on whatever surface you wish to take a photo from. The screw included on the mounting frame seems to be the standard industry size and so far fits all of my Fujipix cameras. There is no adjustment of the leg length, it's either on or it's not. To be honest I found this a refreshing change of pace as it can get annoying fiddling with heights before a photo, with this you simply point and go. The professional photographers of you out there are probably boiling with rage right now but hey, it's £2 and who cares about the quality of the photo of me and the MGM Grand Lion?
Build quality is what you expect from a £2 item, it's cheap and tacky plastic. It does it's job however and is fairly resistant to scratches. The plastic is incredibly light too and won't annoy airport X-ray machines too much.
Overall I'm quite happy I got this item, even happier it was free! To be honest I probably wouldn't have bought this had it cost me real money; not due to quality but simply due to the fact I already own a small tripod. If I was offered this for £2 I'd be foolish to say no, you'd spend more at Starbucks for a coffee.
This Hama tripod was the first one I ever bought. As I started getting interested in photography I started buying additions to try and improve the quality of my photographs. What I should have done from the beginning was realise what I needed was a better camera!
I bought the tripod to use with my old digital camera and paid around £0.99 for it a few years ago from eBay.
*Price and availability*
The tri pod is available online and is stocked in online photography stores and Amazon. You can buy it for around £2.99 for brand new or you can buy it second hand from Amazon marketplace or eBay. I'd probably recommend that if you wanted to buy one, go for second hand and find a bargain.
The tri pod is made from plastic it is rather cheap looking. It doesn't feel very robust, however the one I have is second hand and it is still in good working order. The main advantage of it being made out of this material means that it makes it very light. The tri pod only weighs 49 g.
The tri pod folds up and is quite flat when folded and only measures 155mm long. This means that coupled with the lightness, it is perfect for carting round. You could even have it in your pocket.
This is really easy to do and is simply a matter of pushing the legs together; making setting up and putting it away very straightforward. The three legs have little rubber feet so that when you stand it on something it doesn't slide around.
To attach your camera there is a standard tripod screw fit with ¼" thread. HAMA claim that it fits 99.9% of all digital cameras. I used it with a Cannon camera and it fitted fine. I currently have a Nikon p100 and the HAMA will not support it, it is simply too big.
There is a tilt option so you can angle the camera to suit the photograph you are wanting to take, however it does leave bigger cameras a little unsupported, making the tri pod a little unstable.
For 99p I was fairly content with the purchase. It is cheap looking but I didn't expect much for less than one pound. I only bothered using it a handful of times at gatherings taking photographs using the self timer so that everyone could be in the shot.
It is great for sticking on a table and taking photographs but if you are outside and want to stick it on a wall, you have to make sure it is flat or the tri pod will fall over.
The tri pod will take any device that has a tripod socket but I really don't think it would take anything bigger than a small camera or binoculars. I'd advise anyone interested in tri pods to shop around as you can get a fairly decent sized one for less than ten pounds and you don't need to rely on having a wall or table to stand it on!
I have owned a number of camera stands and have to say this is by far the worst I have ever bought. The stand itself is so tiny you would think that it was meant for a child. The stand is made from very cheap plastic that you would defiantly not want to drop, the legs are attached to two hinges which allow the stand to followed flat, the legs lock once they are pushed out. I am only an amateur photographer but can find no use for this stand; it can only be used on flat surfaces and has no any adjustments.
The camera connects to the stand through a standard screw. You have to tighten the camera onto the stand by using a sort of plastic spanner that comes with the stand. The one thing that annoyed me was that there was nothing stopping the camera from the stand, my camera actually got scratched and all that was needed to avoid this was a bit of rubber between to the two. There is rubber on the ends of the legs to stop the stand from slipping which actually does its job.
I actually ended up giving this to a son of a friend to use with his camera as I found it useless. This is defiantly not for anyone who is into photography.
I got fed up of trying to continually balance my compact camera on rocks or against some wall as I tried to get the family photo shot against a scenic background when on holiday. So I decided to invest in a camera tripod which should hopefully make the whole setting up procedure much easier. Looking on the web and around various camera shops, tripods seem to come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from the bendy and bulky Gorilla pod style through to adjustable straight legged varieties. But this Hama Digi-Pod Tripod Compact 1 drew my interest. Firstly, the price was good at only £2.00 from a local camera shop, but secondly, it was very compact.
What is it? Well, for a start it has been designed to fold very flat so that everything interlocks with each other into a nice neat package, meaning that it is easy to store in your pocket or camera case. When it is folded, the overall length is 155 mm and it only weighs in at 49g.
As with any tripod, there are 3 legs - one larger one and 2 smaller ones. The smaller ones are sideways adjustable to ensure that can get a stable base for your camera, and each leg has a non-slip rubber foot on the end to help with stability against any surface. The top plate provides a nice firm base for your camera, where it has a screw fitting with a ¼ inch thread that will fit pretty much every camera that you can think of, but I think in terms of overall sizing of the tripod, the tripod itself would be better suited for compact cameras rather than the larger and heavier SLR types. To ease fitment and ensure tightness, the bottom of the screw has a large plastic knurled button on it to ensure that you can easily screw in and tighten the screw into a camera. The angle of the plate also has some adjustment to ensure that you can get your camera in exactly the right position and angle for that stylish shot.
In use, the tripod is very simple to set up. Firstly, the folded up size means you can easily fit it into a shirt pocket. Take it out, open up the legs and attach the base plate to your camera, and then you're away. The simple design of the tripod holds the camera steady and firm with no fear of it over balancing and falling over.
Negative points? Well it is always helpful to balance any review with any negative issues, and whilst I can find nothing wrong specifically with the overall design there is one limitation in that you cannot extend the legs. Not too much of an issue, but it just means that you generally need to find a fairly flat or level(ish) surface in order to set your tripod up, and then possibly adjust the top plate slightly to bring the camera up into a level position. Great if you're around town and can find and use a fairly level surface, but not so good if you are out in the wilds and trying to balance this tripod on an uneven rock.
In summary, for the price, this is a good basic tripod on which to mount your compact camera. It's stable, and folds up into a nice neat lightweight package. But as I said, it is a basic tripod. You could spend a few pounds more and possibly get something with just a little more adjustment in the legs to accommodate any surface, but it would depend on what sort of photography you intend to do. For the 'happy snapper' who just needs the occasional use of a simple tripod, this tripod is adequate for your needs, and for that purpose, I can give it a 4 star recommendation.
So what's a digipod when it's at home?
Well essentially it's a very small and basic camera stand, similar to a tripod. It has 3 'legs' and a screw thread fitting to attach the camera, but it's made from plastic and height is not adjustable. When folded down the digipod reminds me of a kids maths compass in appearance and when opened it looks a bit like the 'tripods' in War of the Worlds and stands at 7.5cm high.
How do I use it?
There is one large main leg and two smaller ones which have to be spread out to their optimum width to insure stability. There is a small flat plate on the top where you attach the camera via a screw thread and this is easily done by using the plastic grip underneath, which is attached to the base of the metal thread. The angle of the plate can be adjusted in a vertical movement, but not horizontally (so can't pan with it) and there is a screw to tighten the hinged legs and keep them in position. Essenitally that's all their is to using it - open it up, attach the camera and start shooting! It is by no means a complicated bit of equipment.
What can it hold?
This 'digi-pod' is clearly designed for use with compact cameras. For experimentation purposes I decided to find out how large a camera it can comfortably hold - it copes with a panasonic TZ8 easily (214g) and a Nikon P7000 (357g) at any plate angle. This is because although the plastic is cheap and flimsy, the overall height is very low, position of the plate means the camera weight isn't off balance and weight is spread evenly throughout the whole structure.
What can I use it for?
In all honesty due to the very basic nature of this product, it's practical applications are very limited - it can hold a camera a few inches off the ground so you can use the camera on timer, take a self portrait etc. but that's about it.
- very compact
- surprisingly sturdy
- capable of holding a decent weight camera
- legs do not extend so height isn't really adjustable
- no horizontal movement of plate
- lack of many practical applications due to the above two points
Depending on where you purchase this from it can be had from between £2 and £7.
Overall I wouldn't really recommend this product - like another reviewer said it might be a good present for a child who's got an interest in their camera, but I certainly wouldn't be buying this for any more than a couple of pounds. If you want a small tripod for your compact camera then there are plenty more on the market that are still cheap, but allow alot more flexibility.
If this tripod was any more than the £1 that you can pick it up for I would say avoid it. At that price it's kind of ok that it won't last as it must be the smallest camera stand i've ever owned.
It's wrong to call Hama's smallest offering a tripod. With no adjustment possible except in a single plane. This stand is set up to work only on level surfaces.
The stand itself is made from lightweight plastic. With two hinged legs and a single leg that fold flat.
Once opened the legs lock back against a stop to present a level surface. A single screw thread hold a standard camera base screw that must be tightened by hand using a small plastic grip. The base itself does have a rubber insert to avoid scratching your camera.
It is a pretty flimsy plastic so only the smallest of digi cameras can be supported. The feet are rubberised but can easily come off and get lost.
After several uses the hinge on mine stopped tightening up and i had to tape it into a static position. As it was no longer convenient to carry i got rid of it.
In conclusion, maybe good for a webcam or other static role, but dont bother adding it to a serious kit.
I'm not too into photography but on the odd occasion that I do want to take a picture or two I can never find a flat surface. So because of this I wasn't prepared to go all out on a tripod that wouldn't get much use. So I did a search and found this for 75 pence! So it already gets 10/10 for price.
The tripod is very easy to fold into a compact unit for storing until needed again. It also weighs very little so if you are want to take that perfect picture from the top of a hill you won't even notice carrying it up there. The feet of the tripod do not slide about either so there truly is no negatives about this tripod... Except one. The tripod can not extend to tall heights and so it needs another surface to stand on for those high up shots.
I love taking photos but as a model I am more accustomed to having the camera pointed at me than me pointing one at others. I have a good camera now and enjoy using it immensely but I never thought I would see the day when I purchased a tripod, and many would say I still haven't.
This is a tripod like no other I have ever seen and as a model I have seen many, it cost me less than 5 pounds and it doesn't reach heights of 5 or 6 foot, it cannot be classed as a professional piece of equipment but it does offer me something that I previously could not do.
When the girls and I go out partying there is always tons of photos of my girly`s but hardly any of me as I am always behind the camera but now I have this Hama Digi-Pod Tripod Compact that is no longer the case.
My camera has a timer setting so I can position the camera then hurry and get in the photo but until I bought this little tripod the problem was looking for a safe and steady surface to place the camera, now I just screw the camera onto the tripod and place it on the tables in pubs and clubs without worrying about it getting covered in spilled drinks.
The tripod folds almost completely flat so carrying it around isn't a worry, it fits into my handbag no worries and weighs practically nothing so I barely know it is there.
The tripod could of course be used to get a really steady shot if you have a little bit of a shaky hand and are using a lot of zoom or a slowish shutter speed when you tend to get blur but for me it is really just so I can get in the photos with my friends.
The tripod is silver in colour and has black rubber feet which are great as it means it wont slip and slide even on tables in pubs soaked with drink as I mentioned earlier. A great little item that cost me only £2.99 and I would recommend it to others for sure.
Hama make a few products and I have tried a few items made by them including a compact digi pod tripod. The one I had was the compact 1 version and it was easy to use, plus was small and quick for me to set up.
The tripod is a bit strange looking but I think its ok for light use and its better than no tripod at all. It can be set up to work with most cameras that have a tripod socket fitting. When I used my camera with this it fitted in place ok and it stayed on firm and stable with no wobble.
The good part about the hams digi pod is that it folds up to be compact and near enough flat. It does not take up a lot of room because it ends up being just about 16cms in length when its folded away. I think this is great because it can be slipped in a pocket or camera case and taken out if its needed.
The tripod was a budget buy that I got and it can be bought for about £1.99 or more. I think thats great value and £5.99 is the most I think it is worth. It can be a bit more than £1.99 in some places but even at a few £s more I think its a good buy.
The tripod is light at under 50 grams. Its quick to unfold and set up and your camera can slot in place in under a minute to get that shot you need. Its great for moments when doing close ups that need a steady even surface.
The tripod legs have rubber tips or grips on them and it makes a much better more solid surface for the tripod. If you place the tripod on slippy surfaces it won't slip or slide because the rubber bits will put stop to that.
I can use this with any other thing that has the same fitting like binoculars and it will even work with a web cam if it has the correct fitting. I think that is a very good feature and can come in handy.
The tripod is great for any user who has shaky hands, poor grip or general problems steadying their camera and will be of good use in that case because it can help a lot to give clearer fuzz free results with no shaking.
I would recommend this because its small, quick and easy to use plus its cheap to buy. You can still get one of these and places like amazon are selling them for £2.99. I say thats a bargain and worth a punt.