Product Type: Hama tripods
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A good basic tripod for compact cameras.
Hama Digi-Pod Tripod Compact 1
Member Name: Randal
Hama Digi-Pod Tripod Compact 1
Advantages: Small, compact and light weight.
Disadvantages: No height adjustment in the legs.
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.
Summary: A good tripod for the 'happy snapper' who needs a tripod for occasional use.
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