Joby GorillaPod Flexible Tripod Review

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Joby GorillaPod Review

When the Joby GorillaPod hit the scene some time ago, it amazed consumers worldwide with its tenacious approach to all things tripod related.  Capable of countless angles and poses, the Joby GorillaPod is a must buy for anyone that owns a digital camera or camcorder.

Lightweight and easy to use, the Joby GorillaPod can quickly mold itself to your surroundings allowing for some really creative photo and video ideas.  With your camera connected, you can detach it at a moments notice thanks to the GorillaPods’ quick release locking clip.  To get an idea of the GorillaPod’s reach, it will fit around your standard pole size but isn’t long enough to stretch around a tree.  It works best when attached to something that you can weave its legs around like a chain link fence or a lamp.

The only design features I wish I could change would have been to make it a bit heavier.  I had some trouble keeping it secure on my bike and it would have been easier with some more weight added. Plus, the weight capacity was a bit disappointing since it also didn’t do that well holding up a heavier SLR (see pic below).

What could also help would be some velcro tethering strips so you could tie it in to whatever your trying to connect it with.  All I wanted to do was wrap it around my dog, but it just wouldn’t stay put.

The Joby GorillaPod is super durable, though.  It folds up really tight and looks like it could withstand quite the beating.  The rubber feet also give the GorillaPod great traction on a variety of surfaces from glass to finished wood and plastic.

Anybody that’s in the market for their first digital camera needs to buy this inexpensively awesome tripod as you will not be disappointed.  Also worth mentioning is that Joby has a bunch of other GorillaPods out there that are worth checking out.  This is the standard original one.

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Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Fun
  • Unique

Cons:

  • Needs tethers for for aggressive fastening
  • could be a bit heavier

Buy it now for $12.50!

GorillaPod FAQ

Are there any more recent GeorillaPod models?

Yes, there are some excellent upgraded models to this quirky product. The GorillaPod 5K, for instance, is an improved aluminum flexible tripod for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras, that includes an optional ball head for SLR cameras with zoom lenses weighing up to 3kg (6.6 lb). On top of this there's the GorrillaPod 1K, a compact tripod with a ball head included for advanced compact and mirrorless cameras. Both models are made from ABS Plastic, stainless steel, TPE and Aluminium.

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2 Comments

  1. Useless and a waist of money. It does not attach to chainlink fence for softball games. Tried using extra fasteners, but it holds camcorder too close to fence. If a ball hits the fence it damages your camcorder. Would not buy this item.

  2. I have just purchased this and my first impressions are very good and in line with this review. To address the issue about holding an SLR there is a SLR-specific model, which I also have and that also does an excellent job. The original model is perfect for compacts, maybe also for smaller SLRs with light lenses.

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