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The PodThe Green Pod Camera Platform
 
4.3

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (24)
  • Stable (23)
  • Folds away (6)
  • Unfolds quickly (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (23)
    • Landscape/scenery (18)
    • Wildlife (14)
    • Night shots (12)
    • Video (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (16), Semi-pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (4), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (30), 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 :)

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    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.

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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.

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      • 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.

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              • 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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                    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.

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                        • No

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                        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.

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                              • 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!

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                                • 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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                                  4.0

                                  Handy

                                  By Vince

                                  from Dallas, TX

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Shots
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

                                    This tool very good for those situations in which a tripod is not convenient or won't work, it is light, easy to carry and comes in handy in the most unusual places.

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    Good when you can't use a tripod

                                    By Johnny B

                                    from Right now, Kabul

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Night Shots

                                      Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

                                      I used this with a Canon 5DII and a 24-105 in Italy. It helped me get great shots in places where tripods are not allowed, particularly churches and cathedrals. I agree with other reviewers who suggest using a cable release or timer. My only minor complaint is that the plastic fastener on the loop securing the lens can be a bit difficult to release.

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                                      • No

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