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

(based on 265 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (162)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (77)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

93%

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

Perfect Tripod For Any Trip

By Brian

from Orlando, FL

Verified Buyer

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

This tripod is perfect to bring along for any trip! It's fairly small to fit in my backpack along with some other items and I'm able to adjust the mini tripod almost anywhere. It's a lot of fun to take on hiking trips.

 
5.0

Much better than i thought!

By Sebastian

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Very versatile and useful. I would buy three more of this!

 
5.0

Good product, I'd buy it again

By Marina

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I've only had this for about a month now but so far, so good! The joints are a little stiff but this is my first gorillapod and so I wasn't sure what to expect. It's pretty big and though I feel the legs and joints are a little stiff I do think they will loosen up a bit over time. I find for me personally it's kinda big for lifestyle vlogging but works fine for videos in studio or at home. Overall it's decent and I'd purchase again if need be.

 
5.0

Good for different devices...

By Enio

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Really useful...

 
4.0

Good light multi purpose portable tripod

By Albow

from Undisclosed

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

Good to carry around and may help you get a shot that you would otherwise mis but not good in any kind of wind

 
5.0

My favorite tripod so far

By Joseph WM

from Undisclosed

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

I have a big tripod that I don't like to carry around so I decided to give the Gorillapod a try. I bought this a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't be happier. I use this as my go-to tripod whenever I'm traveling or going on a photo shoot and it never disappoints. There's always a place to put this tripod on, and it holds well so there's nothing to worry about, it won't fall and it won't drop your camera. Ive also used this tripod when it's raining or in wet conditions and I haven't had a single problem. During hot weather it might not be as strong but it still works great.

 
5.0

Something everyone with an SLR should own

By NIck

from Los Angeles, CA

Verified Buyer

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

I use this with my Canon T3i and the following lenses;
Rokinon 8mm 3.5
Kit 18-55mm 3.5
Canon 28mm 1.8
Canon 50 1.8
Minimal give with heavier lenses. I did a few time lapses to test stability over time and I didn't notice any movement. Feels really well made and I expect long use from this tripod.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect gift!

By Dad

from Undisclosed

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

During a recent shopping trip with my son I observed him checking out this tripod. As a cash strapped college student with an eye for quality he looked it over carefully and as he paused, the look on his face said I would love to have this. Of course I took note and it was waiting for him under the tree at Christmas. He was very excited as he opened it and immediately attached his camera noting how well designed everything was. He has since put his new tripod to the test creating many photographic memories during the holiday break. Great product!!!

 
4.0

Excellent product. I would buy it again

By Baton.

from Philadelphia, PA

Verified Buyer

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

Tripod is great. Quick release could be better.

 
4.0

I would buy this product again

By Nikolay

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Tripod is great! Quick release could be better

 
4.0

I would buy again

By Nikolay

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Tripod is very good. Quick release plate could be better

 
5.0

Great substitute for large tripod!

By Riane

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great product, latches on to practically anything.
I purchased it because I am traveling to Europe next year and didnt want to carry around my heavy and larger tripod. this works likes a charm!

 
5.0

good for a trip

By Fabio.

from worcester mass

Verified Buyer

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

used to save space on a trip to Thailand...paid off...

 
4.0

Product vs Price

By William

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

A little overpriced for what it is, but made well & very functional.

 
5.0

Mini Gorilla won't make a monkey out of you.

By Craig

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

So far so good with this "little monkey" or small gorilla. Compact, sturdy with an DSLR and medium size lens, I'm glad to have this in my travel bag.

 
2.0

Collapses at lower position

By Tony

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I bought this to use with my A7RII and PZ 28-135, which together with my cage comes in at well under 3 Kg (the tripod's maximum rated weight), specifically to use in low level situations on the road.
Unfortunately it simply doesn't support this mix, the legs simply cave in at any height below a 45 degree leg angle, and nowhere near the 4.7 inch claimed minimum height. 
It would probably be OK for a lighter weight, although I note that a few reviewers seem to have issues with stability.  
On reflection, although the ball head is adequate, the proprietary quick release mechanism means those of us with arca-swiss or Manfrotto systems can't really use it, so if the weight capacity isn't an issue for you, it might be better to go with a separate head that suits your current QR gear.

 
4.0

Good portable tripod for the money.

By JLPhotography

from Dumfries, VA

Verified Buyer

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

Overall this product works well and as advertised. The ball head is excellent.

Only complaint is that it struggled a little bit holding the camera. I was using a 5D Mark III with battery grip and a 24-70 f 2.8. That is probably about the max limit of this tripod. It would fail to hold about 50% of the time with this setup.

 
5.0

Great mini tripod

By Wojciech

from Chicago

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

I purchased it for my Canon 70D. It works great, and I was positively surprised how it supports this have DSLR with 18-135 lens. I used it for month and so far no reasons to complain.

 
5.0

Superb!

By Mark in S.C.

from Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Verified Buyer

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

A fantastic addition for any photographer. It has already replaced my full size tripod on several occasions. Great for my "ground up" shots of my dogs. The quality of build is superb while the ball head is precise. Easily wraps around objects for a sturdy hold(although always double check for the sake of your camera).

Do yourself a favor and JUST GET IT.

 
4.0

Sturdy, holds big rig, but heavy

By Bob

from Minnesota

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this for a cheap, small, light travel tripod, not really expecting high performance out of it. I was surprised that it was able to hold a DSLR with a heavy wide angle zoom with no problems. It was also surprisingly sturdy. It exceeds my expectations in these regards.

Unfortunately, I was also somewhat surprised at how bulky/heavy it is. I was hoping for something a bit smaller and lighter. But, considering how cheap it is and how well it performs, I suppose we can't have everything.

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