Product Type: Joby tripods
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Lights! Camera! Gorillapod!
Member Name: helican
Advantages: lightweight and good on all surfaces
Disadvantages: sometimes top-heavy, and almost too bendy
When looking for a tripod for my son's Flip camcorder the Gorillapod got really good reviews on various sites and at around £13 seemd a good choice.
Its legs are made of a series of stiff ball-and-socket joints which can all be moved about, so that the legs can be put into an infinite number of poses. This with rounded rubber feet means that in theory the tripod can stand on any surface however uneven, and keeps the camera at the angle of your choice.
In practice though we've found that although the tripod's stability is impressive, the weight of the camera on top does make it a bit top-heavy and more prone to overbalancing than we'd imagined.
My son says that apart from having to balance it carefully, his only complaint with the Gorillapod is that the legs have so many joints that they're almost too bendy: trying to get them into the exact shape can be like tackling some frustrating puzzle.On the whole , though, the Gorillapod is an ingenious design that works really well.
Our Flip camera screws onto it nice and smoothly, and it also takes a regular compact digital camera. It's small and light, standing 16cm high at most, so easily transportable.
The whole thing is pretty tough, with all the ball-and-socket joints working smoothly and holding together well despite lots of use.
Summary: A well-made, tough tripod good in most situations.