There’s nothing like having a steady camera, especially while shooting video from your smartphone, so a tripod is a good investment to have. Dan previously reviewed the JOBY GripTight GorillaPod for normal smartphones, however they sent me over their XL version for larger devices such as the new iPhone’s and Galaxy’s that are over five inches.
They also were so nice to send over their Griptight Microstand XL which is good for traveling and on the go.
Not much has changed from the previous version or for this larger model. The boxing itself comes with all the same items: The Tripod with its signature look of circular knobs, rubber grips for stablility at the bottom, the phone clip which is a bit different from the last model which had metal clips, and this one opted for the softer material rubber which is a welcome surprise.
Once you place the Tripod together though, you will see the metal finally expose itself, but luckily it does not touch your device so you won’t have to worry about chipping, which is a relief. I believe the original version is 72mm of the Griptight, while the larger model is 74mm if that matters to you.
Material: Hard Plastic, Rubber
Height: 9.25 in./23.5 cm
Width: 1.4 in./3.6 cm
Weight: 3.39 oz./80 g
Length: 1.4 in./3.6 cm
The legs bend in every position you can think of which actually is helpful because if you don’t have someone to take that selfie for you or for that large family photo it will hold your smartphone or your digital camera in place when you need it to. When I say digital cameras, this will certainly not fit something like a DSLR, but if you have an iPhone 6s, it’s been proven that the 6s and 6s Plus actually have better output than most standard DSLR cameras, so the Griptight is great to have!
The Microstand actually is very interesting because although it does not maneuver like it’s bigger brother, it still takes very sturdy photos. Only issue is, it does not have the bendable feature of the Gorillapod, so you will need a flat-ish surface in order to use.
Both of the stands do allow you to turn its head 180-degrees which is good if you are somewhere outdoors and have a shaky hand, as the pan and tilt ability will allow you to get shake free video and photos. I mostly like using the both of them for videos, which I especially like to use for reviews. Obviously I cannot make a review of it now but you get the idea.
Overall: This is a great work around for people who hate selfie sticks when they take photos and rather opt for the self-timer version of things for wider more sturdy looking photos. Obviously this means you’ll have to purchase an additional bluetooth clicker for your camera, but it’s a sacrifice worth having, especially for large families who HAVE to have that perfect photo, like mine.
The larger Griptight GorillaPod, as well as the Microstand XL are both $29.95 each over at Joby’s website, so why not get yourself one today?
Source: Manufacturer supplied review unit
What I Like: The portability of the Microstand is perfect for facetiming at work or simply watching movies. The GorillaPod is perfect for larger photos anywhere, anytime.
What Needs Improvement: Nothing