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JobyGorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head
 
4.5

(based on 302 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (192)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (80)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

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 (34), Semi-pro photographer (21), Casual/ recreational (17), Casual photographer (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (179), 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

Excellent tripod! Super sturdy!

By Eric

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Highly recommend this tripod. So easy to use and versatile. Easily supports my Nikon D5000 DSLR. I love that you can eject the mounting plate with the camera attached so you can quickly go back and forth to the tripod.

 
5.0

Very nice stuff for my videoblogging

By Dmytro Adamov

from Thailand, Bangkok

Verified Buyer

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

Very fest! The item was wrapped very carefully and the price is even cheaper than on original website.

 
5.0

Excellent choice

By Julia

from Rio de Janeiro

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent choice. Practical for traveling !

 
1.0

What a Joke!

By jayess72

from Asheville, NC

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this product because it was sufficiently rated to support my camera and lens. It broke before I could even use it. I was holding it in my hands luckily when the connection between the base and the camera mounting mechanism broke. The legs are beefy and probably would last a long time but the weak link is this spot where metal attaches to plastic. The design engineers really blew it. Stay away!

 
5.0

Recommended

By Alejandro

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Very easy to use and holds my canon t6i with 18-135 kit lens just fine. Feels sturdy. The mini hot shoe could have been more robust but I guess that would have made the whole thing heavier. All in all I'm very happy with this purchase. A must have for all video enthusiast.

 
5.0

The travelers tripod

By Ben

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I feel you are traveling, the best little tripod to get! I use it with my Sony A7rii with a 50mm and battery grip!

 
5.0

It's ok for what you're looking for

By Giuseppe

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Fantastic, i used with my nikon d7000 and 18-105 mm and it worked fine.

 
5.0

Incredibly flexible and durable

By Joe

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

An incredibly flexible and durable tripod that can be used in any setting

 
5.0

Perfect Vlogging Accessory!

By BPV

from Undisclosed

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

Just started vlogging and this tripod pairs perfectly with my new Canon EOS-M6 camera.

 
2.0

For lightweight stuff

By Michael

from Undisclosed

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

Because this is made of plastic and those joints are all plastic I have found that you can easily get cracks that allow the ball joints to come out of the socket. You may survive being real gentle with them but from YOUTUBE you can see alot of people have had issues. I only used mine for tiny product lights and a monitor but still find that the legs can droop over time. The design is interesting but like any socket and ball there is stress points and clearly you don't want to put a heavy and expensive item and expect it to hold. The ballhead itself is fine from experience but the sockets are too fragile .. I think there is a metal version of this but from what I have seen even those pop out.

 
4.0

Good for travels

By Tony

from Rio de Janeiro - RJ - Brazil

Verified Buyer

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

This tripod is lightweight and allows you to place the Nikon D5300 in unusual locations. More than with other tripods, it is necessary to hold it well in the place where it is affixed.

 
5.0

Versatile. Fantastic. Love it.

By Brian A.

from New York, NY

Verified Buyer

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

Had to have one after borrowing a friend's one evening. Terrific for low shots, moments when you just don't want to lug a full tripod around, or when the best camera placement is in a place that's not really conducive to a tripod, like the rung of a ladder, the top of a railing, or hanging from a tree branch. I'm impressed by how well it holds the weight of my 5D Mark III without moving or sagging. Great buy.

 
5.0

My favorite travel tripod

By Damien

from Virginia

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this before a trip and couldn't be happier I did. It is small, light, but sturdy and so practical. I did great long exposure photography with the tripod and DSLR on a bridge or even wrapped around a street lamp. I use it as a selfie stick or for couples pictures instead of handing the camera over to strangers. It was sturdy enough in windy conditions but in very windy conditions my guess is it can remain sturdy with its legs wrapped around something. As a bonus, the mount has a water level and I decided to keep it on the camera at all times. It is also very quick to setup or release and the single knob makes the job straightforward.

 
5.0

Does what it supposed to do

By Raul

from Undisclosed

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

This tripod is good tf you want to place your camera in an unconventional place, plus it tells you if you're balanced or not

 
5.0

Can't wait to start vlogging with this

By A-Till

from Alabama

Verified Buyer

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

I've been looking for a good flexible tripod to start vlogging with and to withstand the abuse of a summer filled with outdoor adventure. This product appears to be very rugged and I'm already using it regularly. The quick release and ball-head with built-in level are a very nice bonus. Super handy accessory that makes filming by yourself (one man team) much easier!!

 
5.0

Works great!

By Ben

from Undisclosed

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

Love the compact dimensions and the fact that I've got a mini tripod in my walkaround bag, without adding much more weight!

 
5.0

Great!

By Noah

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Very handy tripod. Good price too.

 
5.0

Holds the Gh5

By Seth

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love it!! Holds up the Lumix Gh5, and microphone, with no problem at all!

 
4.0

Just great for traveling and quick photoshoot

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great portable and durable Tripod. Just need to get used to it to start getting great benefit from it. However it can not hold big lenses with the camera.

 
5.0

Tough as heck

By Ryan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

One word. Sturdy. This thing is the toughest portable tripod I've ever used. Hoping to get the one a step above this one soon. But for now, this will have no problem doing the job. Top notch.

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