Joby GripTight tripods

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Brief Joby tripod review

By Matt Glastonbury, accomplished Mobile Photographer, providing great tutorials and App reviews. Matt is an independent blogger who acts as a Contributing Editor to Ink361. (Add Matt on Google Plus)

Joby recently sent us some smartphone tripods to try out. One word: fantastic!
Mia and I have been using the GripTight tripods, and mounts, daily, now for a few weeks and have felt a lot more comfortable placing our iPhones in precarious positions. We’ve popped our new GripTight Mounts on the normal tripods too, which helps with taking shots that require more height than the GorillaPods can offer.

We tested:

GripTight Mount

GripTight Micro

GripTight GorillaPod

GripTight GorillaPod Magnetic

GripTight GorillaPod Video

Things we loved:

Really well made

High quality materials




Magnetic feet (some models)

Fits most smartphones

Light weight


Areas for improvement:
The Micro could come with a key ring, but apart from that I have nothing to add to these already mature, well made, products.

My favorite GripTight GorillaPod was the Video model because it has a swivel handle to smoothly control tilting and panning when making videos, it’s easy to control when taking stills, and it has the magnetic feet too. I also absolutely love the GripTight Micro and have attached the little foldable tripod to my key-ring! You can’t beat a tripod that’s always with you, and your phone.

One last very cool thing I would like to say about about these babies is, the ability to get your lens really close the surface it’s standing on. The Micro can get you right down super-low. We’ve even been using them to get down to bird-level, set the timer, move away from the phone, and throw food in-front to capture the wildlife closer than you could ever get when holding the phone.

Concluding.. we already own other GorillaPods for small, (pictured right) and DSLR, cameras and have been using those for years and never had a problem. Having tried quite a few different solutions I’ve always found Joby’s to be the best, hence my recommending them now and in the past. You simply can’t go wrong with any of Joby’s products, especially if you’re a mobile photographer.


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