Product Type: Hama tripods
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Hama Digi-Pod Tripod Compact 1
Member Name: jjrose
Hama Digi-Pod Tripod Compact 1
Advantages: Stable and non-slip
Disadvantages: Legs aren't extendable
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
Summary: A compact tripod with many uses