Every day our smartphones are developing past the point of the average computer. We can control other computers from our phone, write a whole document and print it out wirelessly, and even use our phone as our own personal entertainment system and share that with everyone we know. So it only makes sense that our phone is the go to device when it comes to taking photos and videos. There is one universal problem however, the user. See we can record great videos but most of the time those videos are shaky because we are. This is where tripods come in and with the evolution ofÂ quality in our smart phoneÂ cameras companies are starting to make tripods just for our mobile devices. The first one I have to try out today is the GorillapodÂ Video by Joby. I also received the GriptightÂ Mount (sold separately)Â for this review so I will also be using this in the review. Now this is the first time I used a tripod for my phone but I can already tell you Joby has something different here, let me show you why.
Out of the box I did not expect for the GorillapodÂ Video to be so small. When I think of a tripod I think of this giant thing that is about 4 feet tall and holds up my camera, but no, this thing is tiny in comparison. But besides the size it has a great feel to it and feels like I can put it anywhere (youâ€™ll find out why soon).
What You’ll See In This Review:
- Gorillapod Video Tripod
- GriptightÂ Mount (again sold seperatly)
This is one of the main features of the GorillapodÂ Video, the ability to hold up a smart phoneÂ and allow it to beÂ used with the tripod. Now in order to do this it does require that you buy theÂ GriptightÂ Mount, which is soldÂ separately,Â but trust meÂ it’s worth it.Â Let me tell you how it works, it’s a pretty simple solution that allows you to put basically any smart phoneÂ (below a 5.5 inchÂ screen sorry Note II users) and use it as your camera on the tripod. It is a spring-loaded clamp that you just pull and let go once your smart phoneÂ is in. Pretty easy solution and something that other smart phoneÂ mounts are using as well. It can also be used with other tripods so you are not only buying a mount for the Gorillapod Video but a mount for every other tripod you have.
This is the first reason why I feel the GorillapodÂ Video can beÂ used anywhere, its feet. Unlike a traditional tripod that use a wide ridged feet that are placedÂ on the ground the GorillapodÂ Video has feet that can be bent and twisted to any position. This means that if you find a bar, for example a stop sign pole, you can twist the legs around the bar to hold on to the bar. It comes in pretty handy where there arenâ€™t any flat surfaces for a regular tripod.
This is the second reason why I feel the GorillpodÂ Video can beÂ used in any environment. See the flexible legs are only one part of the â€œuse-anywhereâ€ feel that the GorillapodÂ Video can provide. The bottom part of the legs on the Gorillapod Video are magnetic. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they are capable of holding up to seven pounds, which is more than enough for our smartphones.
This is a nifty little feature that allows for the base to detach from the tripod and rapidly switch between devices. This is a tripod after all so with the inclusion ofÂ the smart phoneÂ support it can also be used with a video camera/camera. The clip is tiny and can beÂ screwed in to all devices without adding any extra bulk. So when you need to rapidly switch from a smart phone to a camera press a button and click in the next device, simple as that.
Pan and Tilt Handle:
I was really happy to see this when I opened the GorillapodÂ Video. It is a basic handle that allows you to pan your camera/smart phone without touching the device. So this is perfect for panoramas or just moving the camera to where you want it to go. Not only does it go side to side but it can also tilt up and down, again this comes in handy for when you need to move the camera up or down to get that perfect shot.
So this is where the size of the GorillapodÂ Video comes into play. Because it is so small it is the easiest tripod to carry around or just throw in a bag and go. This portability is something not a lot of tripods can offer and it is because of this portability that the Gorillapod Video became my primary tripod when IÂ was on the go.
- Features:4/5 (itâ€™s a tripod canâ€™t expect much)
If youâ€™re looking for a portable and great tripod for your Android/iPhone (donâ€™t kill me) device the GorillapodÂ Video is a great buy. There was however one little thing that bugged me and that was the fact that my Galaxy Note II isnâ€™t supported with the GorillapodÂ Video (my screen is too wide). This isnâ€™t a big deal though as this is usually the story with almost everything I getÂ and IÂ knew this fact going in so don’t let it affect your decision.Â Just hit up the link down below and get your very own GorillapodÂ Video+GriptightÂ Mount from JobyÂ and start recording some great (stable) videos. This has been an AndroidSPIN review, thanks for reading.