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The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform

You Pay: $22.99
Product Highlights
  • Designed for DSLRs w/ Zoom Lenses
  • Bean Bag w/ Sturdy Nylon Shell
  • Adjustable Strap
  • Off-Center 1/4"-20 Mounting Screw

The Green Pod from The Pod is a bean bag that serves as a camera platform for DSLRs with zoom lenses up to 200mm long. The Green Pod is constructed of sturdy nylon and filled with plastic pellets, which can be removed and added in order to customize the Pod based on your specific camera/lens and the requirements of a particular shot. The stable camera platform is ideal for shooting outdoors from unpredictable surfaces.

The Green Pod features a 1/4"-20 screw at the edge, enabling you to mount a camera with a zoom lens. An included adjustable strap can be threaded through the pod's loops in order to secure the camera's lens to the bean bag. The 0.75 lb bag is small and light enough to travel with your everyday gear, ready for any opportunity to support your camera.

The Green Pod is sealed with a strong hook & loop fastener that can be opened and closed as many times as needed. You can change out the plastic pellets for any other stuffing. With a green vinyl bottom and water-resistant nylon shell, the Green Pod is suitable for use in rainy conditions.

Malleable shape allows you to set up the Green Pod on any surface, such as benches, cars, ledges, rocks, the ground, etc.
A hook & loop position pad on top of the Green Pod reduces camera slippage
Straps can also be used to attach the Green Pod itself to a rig or other object
Non-marking, non-slip base
Dimensions (Diam. x H) 5 x 2" (12.7 x 5 cm)
Weight 0.75 lb (0.35 kg)
The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform
  • Strap
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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    The PodThe Green Pod Camera Platform
     
    4.3

    (based on 38 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (25)
    • Stable (24)
    • Folds away (6)
    • Unfolds quickly (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (25)
      • Landscape/scenery (19)
      • Wildlife (14)
      • Night shots (13)
      • Video (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (4), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (32), Yes (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Brilliant tool that everyboy should get!

      I used the green pod several times so far, mainly for low angle photography.

      For example I used it when I was taking splash shots of coffee cups on the...Read complete review

      I used the green pod several times so far, mainly for low angle photography.

      For example I used it when I was taking splash shots of coffee cups on the ground and I a) did not want to put my camera on the dirty ground and b) I wanted it to be a little higher than if I had put it on the ground directly.

      I also used it several times to take self portraits at the beach and at other locations because it allows me to take said low angle shots that I really like and that my regular tripod does not allow me to take, even with the middle column taken out and to the side.

      The camera can be easily screwed onto the pod, however, it does take a little training until you know how to do it quickly! I aways grab the pod at both sides, which creates this little bump to the top, making it easy to screw it it. Then you just clip the things together around the lens and you are set to go!

      I love it because it is so lightweight and easy to carry around and also because you can get really low to the ground with it :)

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Handy little gadget

      I usually take an empty nylon bag with me when I travel and pick up a bag of dry beans to stuff it with and that works fine. This is a bit better because...Read complete review

      I usually take an empty nylon bag with me when I travel and pick up a bag of dry beans to stuff it with and that works fine. This is a bit better because you can attach it to your camera/lens base and it stabilizes them when you're shooting out the car window. It also holds them upright just sitting on the car seat.

      Reviewed by 38 customers

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      5.0

      Works exactly as advertised

      By Geoff

      from Brisbane

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Travel

        Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

        Personally I take the occasional long-exposure image but I hate carrying a tripod everywhere I go so I often end up balancing the camera on a bag, fence etcI've tried the micro tripod option but I found they didn't cope very well with a heavier camera, so I started looking for a beanbag option and found Pod.For the price I think this is a very high quality product. It's made from a really tough feeling material and I can't see it suffering any damage in a hurry. The Pod has a tripod mount inside it (I reckon you could take it out if you wanted to) which allows you to attach the camera to the beanbag. This is a pretty neat feature, not least because it means you can carry the whole thing by holding the camera OR the Pod as you wander around without fear that they'll come apart. It is worth noting that Pod make two versions of this beanbag, where the only difference is where the tripod mount is. With this one (the Green) the mount is on the edge of the circle, so it's suited to a camera with a heavier lens where the bulk of the weight is in front of the camera's tripod mount. It's also perfect for old rangefinders where the tripod mount is often off-centered on the camera. To be honest I can't really see the benefit to the Red Pod which has the central tripod mount, unless you were using a really small camera. I use a Sony A7 with my Green Pod and, even with tiny lenses, using the offset tripod mount is fine.The results are just what you'd expect, and the whole thing is pretty small and easy to carry around, highly recommended to other tripod haters!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        3.0

        The Green Pod

        By Namron

        from Canada

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Weak Construction

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

          The product notes state that you can adjust the amount of beads to suit. As soon as I received this I wanted to look at the bean pouch, As I opened the velcro at access the beads the stitches around the side started to come apart. I had to resort to duct tape. NOT WELL MADE.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          3.0

          Travel friendly

          By Juan88uy

          from Uruguay

          Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

          A good way to fit the camera in any surface

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          5.0

          Useful, right size, functional

          By jdkahler

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Travel

            Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

            Should have purchased one of these a long time ago, kept using whatever I had in my pocket, lifting up the camera and leaving my stuff. Not good.

            This is lightweight, the plastic fill works quite well, and I don't mind having the 1/4-20 screw, it's easy to just ignore it and still get good camera support. Less expensive than others, and comes with the fill. A good choice for DSLR.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            nice product

            By chris

            from altadena ca

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Night Shots
              • Travel

              Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

              nice

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Better than a small tripod

              By Billy B

              from Tucson, AZ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable In Hand
              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

              • No cons

              Best Uses

              • Architecture
              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Sports/Action
              • Street
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife

              Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

              Will use in shoots when a tripod or monopod is not carried.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              3.0

              good bag, bad camera attachment

              By aeropix

              from Los Angeles

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Useless Mounting Screw

                Best Uses

                  Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

                  This feature is kind of silly: it has a 1/4-20 mounting screw on the bottom, but no way to turn it so it screws into the camera. Why bother? And the adjustment belt is over-engineered with fasteners; a simple Velcro-like strap would be quicker and smarter. But it gets 3 stars for being useful as a small bean bag. FYI, it also handles large wide-angle zoom lenses well.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Handy

                  By Snap Happy Mom

                  from Joplin, MO

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Snap Shot On Trips
                    • Travel

                    Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

                    Doesn't get much easier to steady a shot.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Terrific for using the remote

                    By Photograph Lisa

                    from Pennsylvania

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

                          This has a place to attach this to the bottom of your camera so it doesn't fall off. This helps the larger SLR cameras stay together with the Pod. I like it since it helps steady my large SLR lens on a surface and get in the picture and use the remote to snap the photo. So much easier than trying to find an object to sit under the camera to make it level.

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                          • Yes

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                          4.0

                          Great little product

                          By Grillo

                          from Utah

                          Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

                          Haven't had the proper opportunity to use the little guy, but seems to be exactly what I was looking for. Should be great out in the desert on the sandstone and whatnot. Looking forward to some fair weather.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Way better than a bean bag

                          By Rob

                          from Parker, Co.

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

                          Awesome alternative to a bean bag or rolled up jacket for those times when you want to get down low or a tripod just wont work. Threads into camera and has lens strap for security. Nifty little product...would definitely purchase again.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Fun product!

                          By 7dcms

                          from Atlanta, Ga

                          Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

                          Works as describe...

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Useful, Will Travel

                          By Vesna

                          from Guangzhou, China

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

                              Useful, improptu tripod rest.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Item !!

                              By XtalMatrix

                              from PA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Folds Small
                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

                                I use a Pod a lot. It's a very quick and easy substitute for a tripod and useful in situations where a tripod is not an option.

                                I have two (green & red). My only comment is that I wish they provided a cover for the tripod screw because I often use it without screwing it in and the screw can scratch.

                                Overall it's one of my most useful photographic tools and I always have one with me.

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                                • No

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                                3.0

                                Handy little gadget

                                By kaneohebud

                                from Oahu, Hawaii

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Travel
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

                                  I usually take an empty nylon bag with me when I travel and pick up a bag of dry beans to stuff it with and that works fine. This is a bit better because you can attach it to your camera/lens base and it stabilizes them when you're shooting out the car window. It also holds them upright just sitting on the car seat.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Light, portable, easy.

                                  By Richard

                                  from Apex, NC

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

                                    Great solution for when tripods are impractical. Basically a must-have.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Simple but Great

                                    By JimPar4

                                    from Wisconsin

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

                                      It's a simple idea and it works great. What else can I say - if yu need a camara stand that sits on anything, this is it!

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

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                                      4.0

                                      When you need it, you need it

                                      By Rick

                                      from Knoxville Tn

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Night Shots
                                        • Travel
                                        • Wildlife

                                        Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

                                        Okay, this is one of those things that you may rarely use, but get one and put it in your bag.

                                        I can put my camera safely on the ground for macro or low perspective shots without worry.

                                        I dont know how many times I have been traveling and wanted a safe steady way to support my camera on a rock, a fence post etc, and either did not have my tripod or it was too cumbersome and this would work great.

                                        The way it mounts, it even supports your lens.

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                                        • Yes

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                                        5.0

                                        Works where a tripod doesn't

                                        By capecodken

                                        from Cape Cod

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easily Fits In Camera Bag
                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                        • Tripod Screw Difficult

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Night Shots
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

                                        I needed a way to stabilize my Nikon D300 in NYC when I was shhoting the Christmas lights. Trying to use a tripod with the crowded sidewalks was not practical, so I used this pod with very good success. My stock agency accepted several of my images that i shot with it. The trick is to find a friendly mailbox, bench, or fence to rest the pod on. Although it has a tripod mount, i didn't use it rather just put pressure on the camera as I was taking the shot. I think this would provide sharp shots of 1-2 seconds with a bit of practice.

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                                        • No

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                                        4.0

                                        fine product

                                        By smokin fun

                                        from Afghanistan

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                        • Needs More Beads Inside

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Night Shots
                                        • Travel
                                        • Wildlife

                                        Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

                                        This is very handy - I travel to remote locations; and didn't bring my tripod - not as good as a tripod; but I keep it on and it's fine for some shots. And the price is right.

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                                        • No

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