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The PodThe Green Pod Camera Platform
 
4.3

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (29)
  • Stable (27)
  • Folds away (6)
  • Unfolds quickly (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Travel (26)
  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Wildlife (17)
  • Night shots (15)
  • Home (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (11), Casual photographer (6), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (36), 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.

Reviewed by 44 customers

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5.0

Gets the job done

By Mike H

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Stability
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Night Shots
    • Solo And Hands-off Photos

    Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

    Does exactly what it's meant to. Supports larger cameras remarkably well, I had no problems with my Canon 5D MkII and 16-35L lens. Small enough to be useful with GoPros and iPhone cameras (both need simple adaptor for a tripod screw) and not any considerable weight or space consideration so it's really easy to carry around. On a recent trip I found this did 90% of what I needed a tripod for. I now throw it in the back of my motorcycle for roadside shots on the GoPro. Only regret is I should've bought one of these years ago when I first saw them!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Works perfectly

    By Melissa Lee

    from Sacramento, CA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife

      Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

      Super useful for light travel photography! I've taken it to Disneyland and it was nice and light (certainly compared to a tripod). You can make your shot level on almost any uneven surface and it feels comfortable to hold. Definitely worth the price!

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      • No

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      4.0

      Useful and Well Made

      By J.P.

      from San Francisco, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

      Great for easily setting up a camera on a table top, a rock or any other surface. The material is durable and well constructed. It holds the camera securely. Very compact and easier to carry around than a tripod. It would be nice if there were an option to remove the mounting screw.

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      5.0

      very nice...

      By jkm

      from Schaumburg

      Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

      my review, I I received the pod fairly quickly. it's a very nice size and, it is a great support for my camera. you screw it into the bottom of your camera, and strap your lens down. it feels really good in a palm of my hand when I'm holding my camera taking pictures. sometimes you even forget it's even there, it's so comfortable to use. and when you do need it, it's really nice that you can set it on any surface that is uneven and, get a great level shot. there were a few things I read about, buying a little canvas bag, some plastic beads and, just making your own bean bag. to that I have to say, these pods are made of really nice strong, very durable material. and if you buy a bag and beans yourself and, make your own, there's no doubt in my mind, that quality won't come close to the quality of these pods. By the time you spend the money on subpar materials, you can just spend a few dollars more and, get something of great quality, these pods are very inexpensive and totally worth it.

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      3.0

      Usefull tool for unusual places

      By LoMan

      from Westfield, NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife

        Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

        The bean bag can be helpful when you need to mount your camera on a soft surface in those unusual places a tripod will not work.

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        • No

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        5.0

        great addition!

        By k9mom

        from Decatur, Indiana

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Wildlife

          Comments about The Pod The Green Pod Camera Platform:

          this is everything I thought it would be. Love it!

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          • No

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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!

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            • 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.

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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

                        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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                        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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                            (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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