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

(based on 239 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (144)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (70)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (135)
  • Stable (123)
  • Folds away (98)
  • Unfolds quickly (68)
  • Easy to use (39)

Cons

  • Unstable (22)
  • Poor quality (9)
  • Cumbersome (7)
  • Heavy (7)
  • Weak clamp (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (102)
  • Landscape/scenery (50)
  • Stabilization (48)
  • Night shots (46)
  • Home (39)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (45), Tech savvy (33), Semi-pro photographer (21), Casual/ recreational (17), Casual photographer (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (178), Yes (16)

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

 

Found this to be unusable in practice with my DSLRs

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...Read complete review

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

Amazing product

By Frippery

from Utah

About Me Tech Savvy

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 does exactly what it claims to. Easy to use and very handy!

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      • No

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      2.0

      get the bigger one

      By stevo

      from mia

      About Me Film Professional

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Unstable

      Best Uses

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

        after a few uses it loosened up and will not support my camera, get the larger one to be safe. and it wiggles with any vibration.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Awesome on-the-go tripod

        By Travelin Chuck

        from Jackson, WY

        About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Longer Exposures
          • Stabilization

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

          I use this on longer backpacking trips where I don't want to carry the weight of a full size tripod. Easy to set up on rocks or whatever you have at hand and the level included in the ball head helps a lot to line things up! I use it with my Sony a6000.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great product!

          By Larry the windsurfer

          from Western Ma

          About Me Photo Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Light Weight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Stabilization
            • Stable For Shots

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

            Light weight especially for carrying in back pack.

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            • No

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            2.0

            Not Durable, Fell apart soon after purchase

            By AMP

            from Oklahoma

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

            • Unstable
            • Weak Construction

            Best Uses

            • Stabilization

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

            This was great for the few weeks it lasted. If any of the joints in the legs get loose, the tripod is basically useless. This happened to 3 joints on one leg of my tripod. Didn't last long at all.

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            4.0

            Very handy to have in your kit

            By Photog 71

            from St. Louis, MO

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            Pros

            • Flexibility
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Stabilization

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

              This is a nice little tripod to have with you when you want to carry as little as possible, but still want the option of some basic stabilization. I use this when I'm walking around with my Fuji XT-10, one extra lens and maybe a remote.

              It gets very useful when the light is a little lower and shutter speeds start to slow down but you don't want to increase your ISO. This tripod is often allowed in many places where regular tripods are prohibited. And when the security guards say "no", then you can easily hide it in a large coat pocket. The ability to wrap the legs around objects is definitely a plus.

              My only negative: the tripod head only has one knob to tighten the ball head. That means using it just to rotate the camera for a panorama is impossible, because the ball itself is loose. The gorilla model one size up has two knobs, so pano's are possible, but this tripod is already much bigger and bulkier. For me, size and weight were the priority.

              I have no regrets purchasing this tripod.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Good, but not very stable

              By PM

              from Europe

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Unstable

              Best Uses

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

                Good, but not very stable for my D7200 + 18-200. Release plate is small for DX cameras. I recommend Joby Gorillapod Focus/Ballhead X Bundle (Black/Gray)

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                5.0

                Awesome

                By ak

                from sfo

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Stabilization

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

                  works great

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Solid little tripod

                  By Ethan

                  from Utah

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

                  This tripod is super versatile. It's awesome if you need a tripod but want something small and convenient. Very solid and can support even my heavy dslr.

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                  3.0

                  Interesting idea but limited utility

                  By Bill H

                  from Seal Beach, California

                  About Me Admire Quality, Grandparent, Parent, Sucker For Novelties, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Inexpensive
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Clumsy Set Uptake Down
                  • Cumbersome
                  • Unstable
                  • Weak Construction

                  Best Uses

                  • Folk Art

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

                  This is a cute idea but of limited practicality in the field. Yes, it will grip things that you could just as easily lean against, maybe with a piece of clothing to cushion the camera, so then who needs it? Also it needs a better head with an Arca-Swiss type attachment, but there are many small, better pods to put it on. Its one advantage is price, but why waste money?

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Pretty cool

                  By Ehab Z

                  from New York City

                  Verified Buyer

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

                  I needed this to mount my iPhone for a Periscope interview. It's pretty cool, does the job, and is super versatile .

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Not sure how I ever lived without this...

                  By Gus that awesome guy and stuff

                  from GA, USA

                  Verified Reviewer

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

                  ... oh that's right, I just had lousy shaky footage.Two seconds after removing it from the package, I broke one of the legs in half but it popped back together. That's probably the result of my incredible hulk strength though. I can topple buildings just by leaning against them. Takes some practice to adjust this but the biggest surprise of all is how much weight and unbalanced load it will support! Check out the photo I am uploading.Definitely glad I splurged for this model instead of the one that is $ or $ cheaper. The only other Joby product I own isn't all that made or designed but this one is great.

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                  4.0

                  Beefy constuction designed for DSLRs - may tip if overloaded

                  By Marcomontedoro

                  from Annapolis, MD

                  About Me Event Videographer, Pro photographer, Travel photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                  • Not For Big Zooms

                  Best Uses

                  • Group Selfies
                  • Mounting Pov Cams
                  • Stabilization

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

                  I have a number of Joby Gorilla Pods and this is the first one for me designed for DSLR cameras. That spirit level comes in very handy when doing photos, like landscapes, groups, and architecture where a level horizon is essential. I also like the quick disconnect plate because it allow quick attachment/removal and use of the Pod with several cameras. The ball head with tighten is particularly handy because you can position the camera without manipulating the leg joints.

                  I realize that there are really two sizes of Gorilla Pods for DSLRs; this is the shorter of the two. It works for me because it is easy to carry on travel and field assignments. While it is called SLR-Zoom, I think it is primarily compatible with APS-C or crop sensor cameras, and full-frame DSLRs providing you are not using a large heavy zoom. For example, I get by with a 24-70 on a Nikon D750 FX providing I position the legs carefully and secure the camera with strap just in case it topples. I would not trust this one with a heavier and longer zoom like a 70-200 f2.8 or 300 f2.8. For those uses, I would recomment the larger version of this with its longer legs. When I have to work with a larger lens on field assignments, a real tripod is my choice.

                  In my case, I didn't expect to be mounting my 80-200 f2.8 for self timer group shots. Even with the heavier lens, I WOULD trust this as a camera stabilzer/steadier as long as the strap was around my neck for safety. I would also like to see some type of loupe for mounting a carrying strap on this one.

                  This is also handy for mounting Handycam-style camcorders for POV shots at weddings. (For my little POV cams, the smaller Gorillapods are fine.) I would have not problem using this to secure a 2 lb camera, but would want a safety strap when positioning larger video cams. Again, this is where that leveling bubble come in handy.

                  Its quick release plate is solid and particular useful when touring. Just leave the mounting plate attached and snap it onto cam. I also like compactness of this one because it fits in most bags.

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                  5.0

                  Tiny, Sturdy, awesome

                  By CutlineJoe

                  from Boston,MA

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      Gotta love this little guy for what it is. A mighty little thing. Works great for APS-C cameras and shorter lens and FX cameras and small lenses. This is not going to support a pro body with a 70-200. Its limit is a prosumer body with a 70-300, maybe a 70-200. Its happy place is in the FX w/ 24-70 range. With bigger lenses it wobbles on its own, but it works if you are using your hands to steady the body/lens.

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                      5.0

                      very handy for anybody

                      By md

                      from NY, NY

                      About Me Film Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • Unstable

                      Best Uses

                      • To Suspend Lighting

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

                      I use this gorrillapod for my flash.

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                      4.0

                      Gorilla pod

                      By None

                      from Arkansas us

                      About Me Parent

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Stabilization

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

                        This was easy to attach and very verso talk and flexible for taking pictures.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        little beauty

                        By None

                        from Ireland

                        About Me Amateur

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fits In My Small Bag
                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                        • Nothing Wrong With This T

                        Best Uses

                        • Stabilization

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

                        small, light, easy to carry.
                        perfect for situations where large tripods are not allowed.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        LIGHTEN your load!

                        By Bo

                        from Duluth, Mn

                        About Me Naturalist, Parent, Technically Challenged

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Click On Click Off
                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                        • Metal Preferred In Part

                        Best Uses

                        • Low Level Shooting
                        • Stabilization

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

                        Because I shoot from low level angles, this is the cat's meow. No longer do I need to put my camera on the ground. The minimal elevation allows me better visibility shooting Live View. I would have given it a 5 star rating, but the mount is plastic. I would have preferred all metal for durability while adjusting camera level and angle.

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                        4.0

                        Handy for tabletop work

                        By Gray

                        from Washington

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Lightweight
                        • Very Flexible

                        Cons

                        • Camera Can Still Move

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Work
                        • Tabletop Work

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

                        I needed something for tabletop macro work, and this tripod works fine for that. Note there is still quite a bit of "play" in the position of the camera even when the ball head mount is locked down, so if super-accurate, unmoving positioning is crucial to your needs, this is not going to work for that, unless you do all your camera adjustments through remotes and avoid touching the camera. But for contorting into unusual positions where a regular tripod fears to tread - it works!

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                        5.0

                        A very helpful and sturdy easy to carry accessory

                        By Karthik

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            This is definitely one of the most useful and not so expensive accessory that all photographers should carry. Very useful for trips with luggage limitations. Must lighter than an actual tripod but that does not compromise on the sturdiness.

                            Recently I used this gorillapod to shoot fireworks and it was very easy to mount this even in a crowded place without bothering others.

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