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JobyGorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head
 
4.4

(based on 218 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (133)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (63)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (118)
  • Stable (112)
  • Folds away (87)
  • Unfolds quickly (57)
  • Easy to use (38)

Cons

  • Unstable (17)
  • Heavy (7)
  • Poor quality (7)
  • Cumbersome (6)
  • Weak clamp (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (102)
  • Landscape/scenery (50)
  • Night shots (46)
  • Home (39)
  • Stabilization (38)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (44), Tech savvy (25), Semi-pro photographer (21), Casual/ recreational (17), Casual photographer (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (163), Yes (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for International Travel

First off I must say ever since the original Gorillapod came out I thought they were useless. They seemed flimsy and cheap and would never be able to hold up a 'real' camera....Read complete review

First off I must say ever since the original Gorillapod came out I thought they were useless. They seemed flimsy and cheap and would never be able to hold up a 'real' camera.

Let me say I was wrong. This thing is a beast. It EASILY holds my full frame Canon with my 70-200 f4 L lens, among others. The other night I was able to wrap it around a post and do some long exposure night photography. It fits in the bottom of my camera bag and weighs less than a pound. After using this I even bought their smaller model for my GoPro.

If you travel a lot, and don't want to bring a tripod but need it less than 1% of the time, this is for you.

-Happy Buyer

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Has some uses but still needs work

Without going into the purposes of why I bought the Gorillapod, I'll start with what the shortcomings were.1) the legs IMO aren't quite long enough to secure the pod to anything larger than...Read complete review

Without going into the purposes of why I bought the Gorillapod, I'll start with what the shortcomings were.1) the legs IMO aren't quite long enough to secure the pod to anything larger than say the diameter of your forearm (as a reference). Still very useful for creative angles and positions other pods can't allow for on small tree limbs, chair legs, fence post, etc.If they were just a little longer I think it would allow for a larger wrap giving more stability for DSLR cameras.2) the base plate keeps rotating on the camera body making it difficult to use the built in level. I have to continuously re-tighten the base plate screw. These are built for DSLR camera's, not going to bother me if it has a larger base plate so that it doesn't rotate. 3) its a chore to get all the legs straight again after you wrap the flexible legs around something. There are so many joints on the legs that each one has to be re-straightened - not a quick fix but what else can be done to flexible bendable legs?I do like the product however, it is sturdy for stationery shots, allows for angles you normally couldn't have, very lightweight so it can go with you anywhere. It scuffs up extremely easy[...]I've used mine on one occasion and it has already lost a lot of the coating on all of the gray rubber bumpers up and down the legs.

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3.0

Great to always have with you, however not always usable

By david

from canada

About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Photography enthusiast

Pros

  • Folds Small
  • Lightweight
  • Quick
  • Unfolds Quickly

Cons

  • Unstable
  • Weak Construction

Best Uses

  • Movies
  • Stabilization

Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

I bought this to go backpacking. I didn't want to take my original tripod with me cause of weight and size to walk everywhere with. This is great it fits in my backpack and does not take up much space so now I take it everywhere I go. However it is not as sturdy as I would like I don't really trust it gripping onto most of things and I'm using prime lens's. I found a better use for it in the everyday camera back though. Its perfect for my slave flash. I can place it many places and get a perfect spot. I would say it's a great mini tripod with sometimes (3/10 spots I want to use this) I can use it successfully.

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2.0

Found this to be unusable in practice with my DSLRs

By Adam

from San Mateo, CA

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Folds Small

Cons

  • Unstable

Best Uses

    Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

    I received this item as a bonus with my camera body purchase. I tried using it in a couple of different scenarios, both as a simple tripod on the ground, and using its gripping feature on a park bench and lightpole. What I found is that it is not up to the task of supporting a typical DSLR. I tried with my 60D and 6D, and it couldn't stabilize either one satisfactorily, even with a 50/1.8 on them.

    In simple tripod arrangement, the camera bounces with ground vibration or wind, and I couldn't get a sharp shot with any shutter speed longer than what I could easily handhold with an IS lens. With my 24-70mm on either camera, it's completely unusable, it never stops swaying.

    In gripping mode, things aren't much better. Any wind or ground vibration still resulted in unchecked oscillation of the camera. I watched live view mode in 5X, and it simply never settled to a still shot, hands off. You would need ideal conditions of no wind, no trucks driving past, etc., for it to stabilize. Also, if gripping something like a vertical pole, it's very difficult to get the camera in a normal landscape orientation.

    I'm giving this product two stars not because it's entirely unusable--I think it would work fine to hold a GoPro or light P&S, possibly even a light SLR like the SL1 with kit lens or nifty fifty--but because the product has "SLR Zoom" in the name and I can't honestly see it being that usuable with normal size SLR cameras, or any of the SLR form factor mirrorless cameras, especially with a typical standard zoom lens like a 17-50/2.8 or 24-105/4.0 type.

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    5.0

    Clever Sticks

    By Phil

    from California

    Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

    Perfect size for throwing in a backpack. The rubber balls on the end are a clever addition, allowing it to grip surfaces. I use it with my DSLRs, gopros and as a stand for my zoom recorder. The ball head locks tight easily, but the leveler seems very fragile. The floor model I saw was missing its leveler. I hope mine doesn't break off while it lives in my backpack. A different head might be in order if you are worried about that too.

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    4.0

    Handy and portable tripod

    By Chris

    from Stuart Florida

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Good Stability

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Stabilization

      Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

      We use this for table top work with a macro lens. Look forward to using it in the field when it is impractical to carry a large tripod.

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      4.0

      Definitely Useful

      By FTD

      from NC

      Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

      I've almost completely stopped using a full size tripod but that's just me and what I shoot. The ball head is usable but it's worth considering putting on something a little nicer.

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      5.0

      Back up

      By Ray

      from Out west

      Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

      A great back up to my bigger tripod

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      5.0

      great addition

      By Old school photographer

      from Norman, OK

      About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Stabilization

        Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

        The gorilla pod slr-zoom is an excellent addition to my equipment. It is stable enough to hold my Nikon D7100 with an 18-105 lens, and obviously has no problems with the smaller prime lenses. The ball head is very easy to use and also fits onto my old, but stable full-size tripod. I highly recommend the product.

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        5.0

        versatility

        By Roberto

        from Guadalajara, Mexico

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

            It is a robust, versatile and reliable tripod

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            5.0

            The King Kong of Gorilla Pods

            By Daniel the Freelancer

            from New York State

            About Me Nature Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

              Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

              This is the best Gorilla Pod yet. Study as hell. I love the ball joint tightening knob on side & the built in level. I went with this model over the 2 smaller ones so I could have just that much more height for nature shots. Great for photographing moving water low on a river bank. Heavy enough for larger DSLR cameras.

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              5.0

              Great product

              By wingbone

              from Florida

              About Me Technically Challenged

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Movies
                • Stabilization

                Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

                This little tripod is built just like the name says. A gorilla. Works great with gopro and DSLR.

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                5.0

                Great tripod

                By wingbone

                from Florida

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Movies
                  • Stabilization

                  Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

                  Great for DSLR and go pro cameras.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  "I would buy this product again and agai

                  By paltocik

                  from Toronto ON

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Stabilization

                    Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

                    Wery good quality

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent for night photography

                    By The Photographer

                    from Washington State

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photography

                      Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

                      This product is easy to carry and allows to steady the camera for slow shutter speed night photography. The ball head allows great flexibility with ease.
                      I use this mini tripod with a point and shoot camera as well as with my DSLR, the performance is great with either camera.
                      The mini tripod easily wraps around a diversity of objects. It also works on a table or on the ground.

                      The bubble level is useful during the day, not as useful at night because I can't see it well.

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                      3.0

                      Nice small tripod

                      By bimargulies

                      from Lexington, MA

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Stabilization

                        Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

                        I bought this for outdoor macro work. It's light to carry and adapts to uneven ground. The base plate could be a bit bigger; with my Nikon DS5100 it's a bit hard to see what the level has to say.

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                        5.0

                        Awesome!

                        By Joe

                        from Santa Cruz, Ca

                        Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

                        This tripod has been awesome. Compact, lightweight, and so versatile. Build quality is great, and having the built in level on the mounting bracket is super handy. Overall it's been a really solid performer and I love that it packs so well in my backpack or my messenger bag. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a versatile, and well made mini tripod for a DSLR or mirrorless camera.

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                        5.0

                        Great product

                        By Enthusiast

                        from Gainesville, FL

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Stabilization

                          Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

                          Really handy when you are on hiking trips. Absolutely love it.

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                          5.0

                          A must have mini Tripod

                          By Gentle Giant

                          from Denison, IA

                          About Me Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Folds Small
                          • Good Stability
                          • Great Little Jewel
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Stabilization

                            Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

                            This is one tripod every photographer should own. Don't leave home without it.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Gorillapod - multi use

                            By s.joy.h

                            from Oregon

                            About Me Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Good Stability
                            • Quality Materials
                            • Sturdy
                            • Well Made

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • I-pad Holder
                              • Photography
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

                              I use to hold my I-pad on a tabletop to review photos for reference while I paint. Also use while traveling/hiking for photographing reference. Packs easy, sturdy and well made.

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                              • Yes

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                              5.0

                              Danger Will Robison!

                              By Wheelguner

                              from Atlanta Area

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

                                  Sorry for the head line but this thing does reminds me of Robbie every time I look at it. Punishing humor aside, this is the most versatile table top tripod I have used. It's ability to wrap around and grip limbs, fence posts, couch and chair backs, light stands and more things than I can remember at this time make this as handy as an extra pair of hands for a photographer. I got this to use with my Canon G16 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and was pleased to discover it will work acceptably with my Canon EOS SL1 with the kit lens and my 50 Macro. Makes a good background light stand as well. I keep finding new uses for it. Read the specs for its weight limit respect that and you will find it very useful.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great tripod!

                                  By Tommy H

                                  from Wilmington NC

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head:

                                      This is a great tripod for the money. Lightweight, small, durable, and holds my Nikon DSLR perfectly.

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                                      • No

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