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Aug 31, 2012

Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom + Ballhead review

Ok so technically this is not specifically for running; however, this review is geared towards bloggers and/or photographers.  Bloggers love to take pictures and this mini tripod is an incredible tool to use for helping you with your blog pictures.  Take a look at what I received to review:

First, let me give you some of the details to this really unique tripod.  Below notice the quick release button.  This allows you to attach this part to your camera and you can basically leave it on your camera all the time.  I have not taken mine off since I received it and it makes it so easy to set up the tripod when you are ready for it.

Quick release
Next, you will notice there is a small knob on the side of the tripod.  This allows the user to move the top of the tripod head as you want it.  For example, maybe you want a horizontal shot or a vertical shot.  Or maybe something on an angle?  This makes it easy.  It also allows you to get the camera level for a clean shot since this can be attached to anything and would likely not be level with out this feature.
Adjustable head
Of course, how do you get it level?  With the built in level of course!  How's that for making things easy?  I have used the level on many occasional so its handy that it's built into the tripod.
Built in Level
As you can see from this picture, it shows how you can adjust the tripod head on an angle to get it just the way you want it.
90 degree tilt
 If you don't want to keep the tripod head attached to the camera, all you need to do is unscrew it and there you have it.  Very simple to use.
Easy on/off from the camera
Now of course the real reason to use this tripod is that it can be put basically anywhere.  Here's a few examples of how I used it to give you an idea.  Maybe you want to use it on the beach for pictures - put it on the beach chair.
Using it on the beach
 Or perhaps you want to use on on any old chair you have laying around to get a picture?
Easy to put on a chair
 Here's one showing the camera on the staircase!
It fits anywhere!
This thing can literally go anywhere you can put it.  Initially, my main concern was putting my $1000+ camera on this and it not holding properly.  The key is in the rubber legs that allow it to be twisted any way that you want it to get the tripod secure.  There was not one time after I had it secured to something that I was worried about it falling - it would not move around.  I even had it on a beach bench during a windy day and there were no problems.  That's because this model is rated for a DSLR camera to it can take the weight.  I even included my heaviest 300mm zoom lens to show you.  Very stable.
Holds my DLSR + 300mm Zoom

Even steady on its side
If you want, you can just use it as a regular tripod as well as shown here:
Used as a regular tripod too.
In addition, you can use it for any other smaller camera you have as well.  Here's my simple point and shoot camera and it works just great.
Works with smaller camera also
(other models available for smaller cameras too)
You can even move the legs how you want to stabilize it even further.  This type of position seemed to make it even more stable than a traditional tripod stance.
Very stable
Likes -
  • Very easy to use
  • Portable
  • Can be attached to anything
  • Holds 6.6 pounds
  • Inexpensive - $79.95; well worth it for the multiple uses
Dislikes -
  • Can't always find something to attach it.(but that's not the company's issue)
Overall, this is an incredible tool especially for bloggers.  We tend to take more pictures than most people and I also tend to take tons of pictures for product reviews as well.  It's a valuable tool to help improve the look of your blog with great looking pictures.

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* Note - I received a complimentary Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom in exchange for this review.  All opinions on this blog post are my own and I was not paid or required to give a particular opinion on the product.

Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!


  1. Can't be running all the time, right? :)

    Cool product, love the level.

  2. Man that thing is awesome...I want one and will prolly get one shortly! Sweet...