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Joby's Gorillapod's are probably the most well known flexible tripods available on the market at the moment (although there are other options such as a Polaroid version). The Gorillapod's come in more than one size and set up - this particular one is the smallest and most basic version which is suitable for use with compact cameras up to a maximum weight of 335g.
The product itself weighs just 45g which I think is a massive part of it's appeal - such a low weight won't add anything to speak of to your kit and that coupled with its very small size (around 15cm tall at maximum and a diameter of maybe 3cm) makes it quite an attractive option.
Packaging is nice and simplistic - a basic brown cardboard box with a cut out section at the front, as such this should appeal to those environmentalists out there - as the packaging is at an absolute minimum and all recyclable*. The cut out allows you to see the colour of the product inside - the bulk of all Gorillapod's is black, however each section has a coloured strip across it, meaning you can purchase one that suits your individual tastes - whether that be purple (as illustrated above) or orange for example.
The Gorillapod differs from a traditional tripod by having flexible legs which allow it to be wrapped around various things - this is particularly useful is you are shooting in a situation where maybe there isn't stable ground for use of a conventional tripod and you could instead wrap it around a tree branch. The flexibility side of it works on a ball joint type basis so each joint can individually pivot. Its useability is improved further from the perspective that it comes complete with a quick release plate (as on most conventional tripods, but less common on the small table top type ones) with locking mechanism. The material used/texture means that there is good friction and it's suitably grippy.
So far so good, but I do have some complaints...
Firstly I don't feel you could reasonably expect to wrap this around any surface in excess of 3" in diameter - doing a bit of experimentation I found that this seemed to weaken the integrity of the structure in instances where the camera was placed at an angle ie. not straight up. This does of course limit the potential situations in which this can be used.
Secondly with the ball joint type construction, which as mentioned is great for flexibility, I have found it's very each to accidentally, and painfully, pinch your skin between them - not fun.
My last issue revolves around build quality - this is a product that I sell in the shop I work in and I have seen numerous ones broken straight out of the box with loose sockets that result in part of the legs just falling off. This happens at a higher frequency than I'd generally expect or be happy with.
Price wise this can be purchased for around the £20 mark which I'd say is a fairly reasonable price, if size is a particular issue for you and the smaller the better - that said I'd personally rather have the Polaroid version - it is a bit bigger, but it's cheaper at around £15 and there's no risk of the legs falling off.
*NOTE: I have also seen a plastic blister packed version of packaging which does display the product better, but is a lot less environmentally friendly.
The rule of thumb is that to take a sharp picture you must use a tripod. Personally, I hate having to lug them around but when I go out with a group of camera enthusiasts who continually ribbed me for not using I tripod, I gave in, at least, when in their company. Now I seem to have amassed tripods, some purchased by me, and other given by people who insist a tripod is as vital as is our lungs are to breathe.
The Joby Gorillapod was my purchase. It has three bendy legs. It gets bonus points for being light in weight. I got called names for going this lightweight. Well, you try climbing up a mountain in the middle of the night with a massive tripod! These lovely people pay good money in the belief that the only decent tripod is a heavy-weight large tripod. These same believers in the sturdy tripod laughed and teased me for my pathetic bendy legged alien-like investment. I however, had done my homework.
There are different sizes of Gorillapods available. The smallest size if for compact cameras that weigh up to 325g. I started out with this because I wanted to prove that I could win an award with a compact camera and I didn't want to spend more on a larger version tripod for my bridge and bigger DSLR camera, in case the tripod wasn't all that it promised to be. There are larger and stronger Gorillapods for cameras with extra zoom lenses and for even for bulkier video cameras. They come in a range of colours.
This very small tripod is only 150cm when folded away. It is ingenious as the legs can bend around all manner of objects such as slim tree branches and railings. It allows the photographer to have steady photos and provides the opportunity to take pictures from angles that would otherwise be impossible or bring considerable danger to the safety of the photographer.
The tripod fits into my raincoat pocket and is very light to carry. It is wonderfully flexible and I discovered the best use of it for me is with night photography. I never really get that right without a tripod.
The tripod screw fits into the screw hole which you'll find on the bottom of the compact camera. It is easy to attach and the camera locks into place. There's not much faffing around to be done but I still enjoy using what I can find, in the natural environment, to act as a tripod because that is completely faff free.
Don't worry those bendy legs only bend when you contort them into the required position. Once you are happy the tripod does not fall over or drop your camera.
The fanatical photographers are correct. Only one think can give you a pristine photograph, even with surgeon's hands, camera shake will only be eliminated by a tripod. They were incorrect to laugh at my Joby Gorillapod. In fact, after an outing I was emailed by people to apologise for their response. They have changed their minds and are impressed with my tripod. Now this is a hard-core bunch of people who are extremely technical and invest huge amounts of money in their photography The Joby Gorillapod have their seal of approval and this is indeed, proof that this tripod is something of worth.
I still prefer to go around with as little equipment as possible. The compact Gorillapod does come with me more than any other tripod. Did I win an award? Yes, I did, from a photograph taken on my compact camera, but guess what? This photo was without the tripod because someone else was having a play with it whilst I took the winning shot by resting the camera on a rock! However, I have done equally well when using the tripod and I'm sure it must improve pictures taken particularly for night shots and on cold wintry days when I just can't hold the camera still. I have not purchased the larger sizes as I've heard mixed reviews about them. I suspect the best tripod is this one, for compact cameras, which is interesting as the smallest size is the original GorillaPod designed for the market.
I paid less than twenty pounds for this tripod. In the photography world this is cheap. Yet the product is far from cheap. It is of very high quality.
I've owned this tripod for four years and it has not been hurt even in extreme weather and landscape conditions. It's as strong as the day that it was purchased and the professionals no longer laugh at it though they often do at me!
I received this as a present after asking for a small tripod for my compact digital camera that would be lightweight and easily transportable. When I first saw it I thought, that's a great idea! Now I'll be able to stand my camera on all kinds of uneven surfaces without it toppling over. I quickly discovered that not only can I now stand my camera on any surface, but I can also hang it from things such as branches too!
The fact that the legs are bendy and moveable is great as it enables you to ensure your camera is stable on the most uneven of surfaces. The legs are really bendy too, which enables you to wrap them around things as well.
They are very sturdy and the gorillapod has very hard wearing so far and has survived being stuffed into a back pack on several holidays now. I haven't been particularly careful in my transportation of it, basically just cramming it into my backpack, which I regularly use to sit on when waiting for buses/trains. The gorillapod has survived all of this which shows it's a pretty hard wearing product! It's very lightweight and due to the fact it's bendy, easily fits into a bag and will bend to the space that you are trying to get it into.
I'm really pleased with the product and would definitely recommend it to amateur photographers over a standard tripod as you can literally put it up anywhere and your camera will be stable and safe.
i have had this gadget for awhile now and i love it. it is a great idea and i originally brought it to take on holiday to paris to be able to take night scene pictures and it worked brilliantly and i got some perfect pictures of the night sky from the top of the eiffel tower. it has three very bendy legs that are very stable and hardy. there is a small head attachment that screws into the bottom of your camera to keep it secured. the legs bend into any position that you want and can wrap around and cling onto any surface. because the legs are made from small balls with rubber around the middle of each one this makes them extremly grippy even on smooth or slippery surfaces.
The main advantage to this gadget is that it is so small it will fit into your handbag with plenty of room for all your other holiday or everyday essentials and you will not even notice you are carrying it as it is so light. this is one of the main reasons why you would buy this rather than a normal tripod as these are generally very large and heavy and usually have to have a carrier bag just for the tripod.
the main reason i would suggest that you buy this for is for taking pictures in the dark when your camera has to have a longer shutter speed to take in enough light to capture the image, if you take this holding the camera the picture will come out blured due to you having to have the camera perfectly still to do this and capture the perfect high quality image. this joby is the version for the smaller cameras, however you can get slightly bigger ones for a camera with added lens etc and they are still just as light and easy to carry. i recommend this product completely, even if you dont use it that mush it doesnt take up any space at all so buy one just incase.
I was looking for a way to mount my Samsung compact HD camera (see my R10 review) that wasn't just a small ridged mini tripod.
At just 15cm high and a few wide, the Gorrillapod looked perfect as it has three 'bendy' legs that can be wrapped around something, or bend on an uneven surface or allow a fairly secure way to put a camera somewhere a bigger tripod just can't do.
An example would be on a stage, wrapped around a mic stand or pole. Maybe wrapped around something from above pointing down or at an angle of your choice (it grips to give you enough confidence it will not fall off!). Perhaps around the branch of a tree, or attached to an instrument... whatever!
This is the kind of flexibility the Gorrillapod offers.
Bear in mind though, that you can't safely mount any camera above the specified weight. Check that before you buy, I've seen different weight specs on the Joby's depending on which you buy.
If you do mount something too heavy, it will become 'top heavy' or too much for the legs to handle. Be careful and don't push your luck on that one!
The design feels nice and strong and the legs are made with interlocking knuckles that can move freely independently. The feet have a rubber cap that sticks well to most surfaces I've tried. This design enables you allow slight adjusts to set the tripod down in a secure way on pretty much any surface even if the difference between the levels of the surface you are setting down on is a few inches, say a step or a rock for example.
The camera mounting plate (standard fixing) is small and has a grips nice a securely. It also has good rotation movement and sits on top of yet another knuckle that also has its own independent movement. That gives you huge flexibility and options for adjustment of camera direction.
Flexible joints bend and rotate in any direction to form the perfect shape
Locking ring means extra security for your compact camera
Slimline attachment stays connected to your camera for nearly instant setup
Ring and foot grips provide extra gripping power to most surfaces
Dimensions: 15 x 3 x 3 cm, weighs just 45.3 grams.
I have always loved taking pictures and although not a professional, I of course want my pictures to look as best as I possible. For quite some time, I wanted to get one of these gadgets to aid me in my quest and it was at the beginning of this year that I finally bit the bullet and treated myself to one.
What it is?
The Joby gorilla pod is a clever little contraption indeed. A simple idea of the tripod which was adjusted slightly to make what is already a great idea into an even better one. The gorilla pod can be twisted and turned so that you can literally use your camera anywhere you like to get the best shots possible. It can be twisted around things to get in places that normally wouldn't be possible and generally get angles that without the gorilla pod, would probably be impossible.
Made with three twisty and adaptable legs the gorilla pod I have is suitable for a compact camera but, you can also purchase for SLR's too which are made a bit thicker and sturdier to cope with the heavier weight. Only tiny really for a tripod, it is also easy enough to take around with you without it being a huge burden as it is very lightweight indeed.
The gorilla pod comes packaged fairly simply in a hard plastic see through cover with a simple piece of card inside to show you how to attach. Other than that it is not fancily wrapped at all but, I am happy with this if it means the cost is kept down.
Attaching it to your camera:
Every digital camera generally has a small screw hole underneath to enable a tripod to be attached. The gorilla pod is made to the standard width and therefore should fit all types. Attaching is really so easy as all you do is simply screw the gorilla pod into this and it is done. You can choose to attach just the small top base of the gorilla pod which can be taken apart from the legs section by a tiny clip and then leave this on your camera so then when you need to attach the gorilla pod, it is a case of just sliding the legs on rather than actually twisting it into the screw. There is even a small ring to turn that will stop it from falling off. This does make it easier for if you are going around taking pictures and obviously don't want to have to keep screwing it on and instead just be able to quickly clip it into place.
The gorilla pod really is so very adaptable. I was worried my camera would be too heavy and I would find a great place to put it and then it wouldn't stay in place but, I needn't have worried! I find in particular for a start it is great if wanting to s whilst on holiday of myself and hubby as I can put it on a wall say that might be too low and use the gorilla pod to tilt the camera up so we do not have to crouch down. Another ideal is for landscapes where I have a perfect angle but, it involves trying to keep absolutely still whilst trying to hold the camera in a tricky angle. The gorilla pod means I can set the angle and then put the self-timer on maybe just for a couple of seconds so that the camera is perfectly still. The world is your oyster though and there have also been many occasions where I have gone out without it and thought that if only I had it with me when it came to taking a certain shot so sometimes it comes in handy in places you hadn't really even thought of!
When I bought my gorilla pod I paid £11.49 from Play.com and they still have them priced at this much now. You can buy them at various online stores and prices are very similar everywhere you look although you may find them slightly cheaper on places like amazon through sellers but, of course will then pay postage on top anyway.
To be honest, once I purchased mine, it still took me about a month before I even got around to using it but, once I did, I couldn't believe I hadn't bought one sooner! It is the perfect little companion to take with you on holiday if you know you will be taking a lot of pictures and once you start using it you find that when you come to take a picture, you are looking for where you can put the camera to give you even better shots and unusual positions!
The gorilla pod also comes in a variety of colours too so if you want it to match your camera then you can buy one of the coloured ones and generally they are all roughly the same price. I would have liked the pink one but, it was out of stock and I wasn't willing to wait longer once I decided to purchase.
Overall I think for the money, this is a great little gadget and one that now I wouldn't be without. I would urge anyone who likes taking pictures to go out and buy one of these as they really are a great gadget to have.
After a leg fell of my Velbon mini tripod (tragic I know) I decided to buy myself one of these flexible bendy tripods that I'd seen out and about. Going on holiday, I didn't want to be without the tripod as you inevitably end up with the scenario of just one of you in the photograph giving people the impression that you have no friends and travel alone.
After some research online, I worked out that I was after a Joby Gorillapod. Presumably named because it's flexible legs can cling onto anything like some kind of primate hanging from a tree branch.
So, three legs (no surprises there) each made up of 10 connected plastic balls which can be bent and contorted into any shape you like, on each joint there is a white, horizontal rubber mini-band which provides grip all the way up the leg. As well as hours of entertainment of creating various insect shapes, this feature makes it much better than a standard tripod.
Firstly, normally you'd need a level surface to set up a tripod, not with this. By bending the legs you can attach the gorillapod to almost anything such as vertical objects like railings and trees (small ones) and with the special grippy legs, it's very unlikely you'll set up that perfect timed shot, all stand back and watch your camera smash on the floor. Instead of 'resting' the tripod, you can now secure it in place giving you that extra bit of reassurance.
Another nifty feature on this tripod is the removable head. Like a much larger tripod, there's a base that screws into the camera and this slides into a groove on the top of the tripod. I just tend to leave the base plate on the camera permanently, making the setup really fast. The whole unit also seems really sturdy. It seems like you could drop it, bend it as much as you like without it breaking.
Joby makes gorillapods in various sizes and colours (the leg bands come in red, blue, green etc but the main body is still black) . I used mine for a standard small, compact camera so their basic 15cm tall model priced at £11.12 currently on amazon was perfect for my needs. For some reason, mine arrived in just an envelope wrapped in bubble wrap, whereas in shops, I've seen them in plastic cases. There were also no instructions, not that you'd really need any. For a price lower than the high street, it really didn't matter.
Overall I'd recommend. But if you're buying it as a gift, the presentation in just an envelope isn't perfect when purchased from some sellers on Amazon.
I was fascinated by the Joby gorillapod tripod when I seen it, just had to have one.
I bought the Joby gorillapod last year from a gadget shop I found when I was on holiday. I loved the concept of the gorillapod even though I was unsure just how much use i would get from it.
I am no way into photography in anyway. I have a pink slim 12mp digital camera that i use for taking on holiday or quick point and shoot pictures of my children or our animals.
Joby gorillapod cost me £15.00. You can buy these in a few colours i have black and pink, you can get them in grey, red or blue as well.
The packaging is really cool, its a clear oblong box with the gorillapod in a standing position inside with a cardboard picture of a swish camera attached to it giving the idea of what its for.
If you are looking to buy the Joby gorrilapod you have to be careful and read the box because there is a few designs fit for different cameras. These are universal but the largest gorrilapod is for the big heavy cameras professional type and the smallest one takes small compact digital cameras, i'm sure I have even seen a gorrilapod for iphones now so read the box. The one i have and i'm reviewing is the Joby gorillapod original.
Joby gorrilapod original is a fair size and weight, it is portable so can be carried around with ease ready to use when the photo opportunity comes around. It weighs roughly 43 grams.
The tripod has a small flat plate at the top where you sit the camera on and underneath it three legs. The legs are made from flexible material and are thick. The legs can be twisted and wrapped around anything, alot different from a tripod because the legs don't extend in height but makes up for that in it ability to grip and hold.
The legs have round knobbles ball joints all the way up them and are covered with a thick grip rubber type material. The strength in the legs is unbelievable.
My husband has been playing around with it for months now and although we have used it alot only last month did i get to test it properly with a trip to the zoo with my daughter. I never see me in photos because i'm always the one to be taking the photo so it was lovely to take the gorrilapod on our trip to the zoo getting good shots of me and my daughter together.
Attaching my camera was easy to do , the camera sits on the base plate and tighten the lock with a coin a 2p works well and it will hold the camera nice and secure.
You can bend and twist the legs around anything high up or low down where ever you want. I had twisted the legs around railing and a telegraph pole to get so cool shots of us next the the zebra fields. The legs have big rubber balls on the end of the legs to so the gorrilapod cant slip on flush surfaces.
This a so cool and you will have so much fun playing with it, i have tried attaching the gorillapod on everything in my house it can even hang upside down.
I highly recommend this super cool gorrilapod.
The Joby Gorillapod is a great piece of kit for the amateur photographer. It comes in two sizes, 'Original' and 'SLR.' The latter is obviously designed for bigger, heavier cameras, and the former is for small/medium hand-held cameras. I have the 'Original' in blue colour. I bought it a few years ago before a holiday to Turkey as I knew I would be going to Ephesus and I wanted to have good quality photographs - unfortunately I suffer from that condition which is terminal to great photography; a shaky grip!
The Gorillapod is very affordable at just over £10 (look on Amazon and Play.com for the cheapest price, as they seem to undercut each other from time to time), and it's conveniently small in size. Mine measures in at 15cm tall, and it can be folded or squished into any number of shapes to fit into empty space in a bag. I've even had it stuffed into my back pocket from time to time!
A small clip attaches your camera to the Gorillapod, and it's screwed into the tripod fixture that most digital compacts have. This clip can be detached from the Gorillapod and left into your camera - it just clips right back onto the tripod again when you need to use it, and the clip is small enough to not be inconvenient when attached to your compact.
The major appeal of the Joby Gorillapod is the completely versatile legs. Unlike a traditional tripod which has straight, fixed legs which need to be carefully adjusted on uneven ground to hold your camera level, the Gorillapod is a quick and easy alternative which is really simple to steady. The legs are very pliable and easy to adjust to any stance. It doesn't have to be stood on a surface, either - it's great when the legs can be wrapped around something such as a railing or a tree branch. I've had some really great photos with this little gem, I couldn't be without it!
While the Gorillapod is fantastic, it does have its limitations and I find that it only works with consistency while holding my camera on a 'level' angle. If I try to tilt the camera and Gorillapod to hold my camera portrait, for example, gravity generally wins this battle and my camera is small and light. I can easily imagine it being more difficult with a larger camera! If your camera is quite bulky or heavy, consider the stronger SLR version of the Gorillapod perhaps. It is considerably more expensive (about three times the price) but if it's going to provide more strength and protection for your valuable camera then the expense is secondary, isn't it?
One really good plus of the Gorillapod is its hardiness. As stated above, I've had mine for a few years. I bought it in 2008 and I use it regularly. I reshape it very often and the leg joints are all still sturdy and stable. They haven't loosened at all, and still retain the shape I push them into.
I'm thrilled with this item, and consider it to be a savvy and useful purchase. It's not expensive, and I get great use out of it. Brilliant results for a brilliant price!
I bought this tripod for making a climbing film in North Wales where I would be alone and without a flat, stable surface for a traditional tripod.
The legs of this are incredible flexible and grippy, perfect for attaching to rocks, trees and sheep and holds the camera securely. It takes a bit of a knack to get it set up properly, but you quickly get the hang of it.
The camera mount detaches from the tripod so the camera can be stored separately but very quickly attached to film/photograph at a moments notice.
The tripod is very compact so doesn't take up much space in a bag and is light so lets you carry plenty of other kit.
It's also very useful for the less exciting but unfortunately necessary task of taking family Christmas photos on auto-timer. It saves you having to balance your expensive camera precariously on a book while your 4 year old niece refuses to smile.
I like to make stop motion videos and I've always had the problem of being able to put the camera in a position and angle that I wanted it at. When I saw this product it looked like the ideal solution to my problem and thankfully so far it has been.
The gorillapod is only small and was design for small digital cameras, so this isn't for professional photographers with massive cameras, and I don't this would be able to take the weight. Therefore it won't take pictures from high up as it will only be a few centimeters from the ground if you place it on the floor, unless you attached to something higher up.
The three legs of the tripod and very flexible and you and move them about to have the camera tilted in any direction you want. The legs can also be wrapped around things such as a rail or a small branch to hold the camera up high in the air if necessary, and it holds it pretty steady and the material isn't slippery and grips well to the surface, it is kind of a rubbery texture.
The camera fastens securely onto the tripod by screwing the camera to the small plate where the legs of the tripod meet. Your camera should have a screw in the bottom that allows it to screw in, I didn't notice this about my camera until I got this, but I think most cameras have something like this on them, but it's probably best to check first.
I got mine from play.com for just under £11 so its very cheap and a cool like accessory for anyone who likes taken photos, and because the legs are so flexible so can bend it to make it more compact and easier to travel with.
Over this is a great product and well worth the money
Few years ago we had a bit of photographic mania (purely amateur) with my husband, we used to get home with every Saturday day out with hundreds of pictures. At that time we purchased a bigger camera (looks like an SLR but it's not) and we were thinking of getting a decent tripod for occasional use. Even though we usually went everywhere by car, we decided to go for what we thought would be most practical to carry around - Joby Gorillapod, SLR size.
It came in a plastic packaging that we removed and disposed of immediately, and as this was quite a few years ago, I have no idea how it looked like and what it contained. Our Gorillapod is about 30cms high and is made of what looks like sturdy, good quality plastic.
The idea of Gorillapod is, that you can attach it to anything - like stone or a tree branch when hiking. Its legs are made of small balls attached to each other and are fully flexible. Each "ball" has a non-slip rubber grip, the last balls have rubber bottom to protect from slipping when standing as a simple tripod. All plastic parts are black, rubber is grey (I believe more colours are now available, as well as metal Gorillapod, but I bought it in times when only this one was available)
At the top there is a ballhead with, again, rubber grip and a screw to which you screw your camera. The top part can be removed by twisting the grip on a ballhead (unlocking it), gently pressing the button with Joby logo at the back and sliding it away from the ballhead. Sometimes it's easier to attach it to the camera separately and slide back on to the tripod, but when you get more practice, you will screw the camera on the tripod directly.
Gorillapod certainly does the job and I cannot imagine I would be carrying a classic tripod with me on every trip - this easily fits into my bag (sometimes even a handbag). It holds firmly when attached to most surfaces, and it's ok (ok, not great) for use as a classic tripod on a flat surfaces. There are newer models with a level attached to a ballhead, which I believe is a great feature.
The problem is, it's not as sturdy as it looks like, and if you want to use it for a long time, don't let your kids (in my case a not-so-adult friend) play with it. Mine got damaged about 2 hours after it arrived - by trying what shapes it can be put into. A connection between two balls in one leg cracked and is a bit loose ever since. Tripod can still be used of course, you will still manage to put it in a position that will hold even a heavy camera in place, but it will take a while longer.
It is quite expensive part of equipment for amateur photographer I think, and not much use for a professional, but I think if you're after a tripod it's worth the investment. I paid about £50 for it 3 years ago, not even better models can be purchased for around £30-£40 I believe. Even though we no longer take that many pictures, when we're going out we would take Gorillapod with us, and usually we would as well use it...
I can definitely recommend!
Most people who own a camera, be it a video or a still, own, or want to own a tripod so that taking that perfect picture could be made easy, without the blurryness that unsteady hands cause.
There are many many tripods on the market, all different shapes and sizes, some costing nearly as much as a cheap camera, but those tripods are really for the professionals photographer.
Anyway, if like me, you enjoy taking pictures for fun rather than for a living then buying an expensive tripod is not really worth while, so a cheaper one would suffice.
But choosing a cheaper tripod isn't as easy as one would hope, due to the fact that there are so many on the market, although, most of those cheaper tripods have one thing in common, they all need a solid enough surface which has to be a little on the flat side to be able to use them properly, which can spoil that bit of fun which taking certain pictures.
Well, there is a quite remarkable invention which now allows you to place your tripod in almost any place you want, including the branches of a tree or even hanging from a playground swing.
That invention is the strange looking, but remarkably versatile, tripod which goes by the name of Gorillapod.
Although even choosing the right Gorillapod takes a little bit of concentration as there are three to choose from, starting with the smallest, called simply the Gorrilapod, the next size up being called the Gorillapod SLR and the largest one being called the Gorrillapod SLR Zoom, the latter being for the more serious photographer.
So, for me, it was just a question of what sort of camera I would be using with the tripod, in my case it is a compact Sony sure shot one which warranted the purchase of the small Gorrilapod as it would do the job that I required... and boy it did just that.
When I say small I don't mean tiny small, it measures a good 150mm in height and each leg is a good 30mm in circumference, the entire tripod weighing in at a lightweight 45grams, making it so easy to carry.
As this is the smallest of the Gorillapod trio it can't take the weight of a BBC camera but it can take the weight of anything up to 335grams, which is plenty for the likes of a standard compact or even a smallish cam-camera.
If you have anything heavier, such as the type the professional use then I would advise that you opt for the next size up, the SLR, or even the SLR ZOOM
What makes this one different from all other tripods is the design of the legs, they are made of ten small ball joints creating three very flexible legs indeed, with each leg having the gripping strength of, well, of a gorilla in a tree, mainly due to the grey rings around each ball joint.
At the base of each leg there is a rubber foot, stopping it from slipping on any flat surface if you use it as a 'normal' tripod.
The legs are easy to twist into any shape so that the entire tripod can grip onto most things, such things as a tree branch, a washing line pole or even a lamp post, basically anything thin enough for the legs to grip around. You don't just have to use it outside, it can be used anywhere that your camera would be uneven with any standard tripod, as the Gorillapod's legs bend and shape themselves into positions that no other tripod can get near.
The actual screw which attaches it to the camera is 'standard' size, fitting all camera or camcorders, so no matter what camera you have it will attach securely to the Gorillapod without fear of your precious camera dropping to the ground.
Since owning this I have mainly played around with it, just to test it out honestly, attaching my camera to it and bending the legs around anything I could find to attach to, using the 'timer' feature on my camera to snap myself in some lovely poses. I have even used it with a video camera attached, wrapping the legs around a tree so that it would record the local wildlife, (mainly birds), and it wasn't too long before the wildlife became used to the weird contraption clinging to the tree and began acting as normal, with some quite remarkable footage.
It grips well to what ever I've attached it to, even when I twisted it around a smooth metal fence post, expecting it to slide down to the ground, but it held its own and allowed me to snap away, resulting in some clear pictures.
In all, it is one versatile tripod and a must for those with a compact camera who are on the look out for a tripod as this will give you more options than a standard tripod.
It is on sale at the moment from amazon for a remarkable £12, its normal price, according to amazon, is around the £25.00 mark, although the price does actual vary as you search online.
I am by no means an expert photographer but since retiring I have taken it much more serious and can now be classed as a hobbyist I guess. I have a decent compact camera and a good camera bag both of which I have reviewed recently and the next step for me was a tripod but I didn't really see the need for a big tripod for what I do but I did long to have a steady hand for certain shots and for this I use the Gorillapod.
This handy little thing is a great alternative to a tripod for certain situations the camera screws simply on to the Gorillapod and then the flexible rubber legs and feet of the Gorillapod can be used to grip to just about anything giving you a steady platform from which to take your photographs from.
I have used it on fence posts, railings, just stood on the roof of my car and even wrapped around a drain pipe, I have taken some photos I would never have managed hand held and therefore I am very grateful to this item for helping me improve my photography.
There are a few versions of the Gorillapod around some for compacts and there is a heavier, stronger one for DSLR`s so make sure you buy the right one for your needs. I paid just a little over £30 for mine and it is designed for compacts, I believe the one designed for DSLR`s is nearer £60 but still great value for money I would suggest.
The Gorillapod is fairly small and light an although it doesn't fit in my camera bag I reckon it would fit in some of the bigger ones and even if it doesn't it is very easily carried and doesn't weigh much at all. I am over 70 years old and have no problems carrying this around with me so I guess it should cause no troubles to those of you younger and fitter then me (just about everyone)!
If you need to steady your photography up a bit but don't want to carry a full sized tripod around then the Gorillapod is definitely something you should take a look at.
I had never heard of the Joby Gorillapod until I received one as a gift for my birthday earlier this year. It's a unique model of tripod, with all 3 legs constructed of 10 portions, each joined to the next by a ball and socket joint. This means they are fully pose-able and have a great degree of movement in all directions. The legs are complete with softer rubber feet, another useful feature which allows for good grip on smooth or slippery surfaces.
The manoeuvrability of the legs allows you to balance your camera on all manner of uneven surfaces, and point it in any direction, at almost any angle, while remaining stable. Even when there is no suitable surface to stand the tripod on, they can be wrapped around objects (such as a banister or tree branch) to allow a stable hold for picture taking.
I've found this to be an incredibly useful tool, particularly while on holiday or on trips out with my girlfriend; in order to be in our pictures together we often use a timer delay and find a place to set the camera down. However, there isn't always a flat and stable surface on which to stand our camera, and this is where there the Gorillapod comes in so handy; we still haven't found a location where we couldn't set it up for a picture.
Fortunately our camera is quite small and lightweight, so it can be easily balanced on surfaces or attached to objects using the Gorillapod. With larger or heavier cameras, a larger and more sturdy model with longer legs would be necessary.
The Joby Gorillapod is a truly ingenious little device - it's a very simple idea which has been expertly executed. If you're a casual camera user, this could become an essential part of your kit.