Product Type: Joby tripods
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An essential tool in your camera kit bag!
Member Name: eddyfenton
Date: 10/01/12, updated on 10/01/12 (9 review reads)
Advantages: Offers great flexibilty and portability. Get those great angles not available with a normal tripod!
Disadvantages: It's small and you need to ensure you have secured it well at hieights etc. Has the 'worry factor' !
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.
Summary: A great tool for any camera or video camera user!
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