Joby wants your tripod to become part of your camera--literally.
Five years after releasing its famed flexible GorillaPod, the company has added three new models to its portable-tripod line for point-and-shoots. The GorillaPod Micro line is different than the company's usual flexible tripods, however. It's the size of a USB drive, and is designed to screw onto your digital camera and stay there. The aluminum and zinc alloy legs can swivel out into a three-pronged tripod setup that resembles the older Joby models, but the tripod moves into a single point underneath the camera for storage.
The GorillaPod Micro 250 costs $19.95 and is made for cameras up to 8.8 ounces. The GorillaPod Micro 800 costs $29.95 and will suit cameras weighing up to 1.75 pounds.
Finally, the GorillaPod Hybrid costs $39.95--and may be good enough to replace traditional tripods for those with slightly higher-end cameras. It can hold cams up to 2.2 pounds and comes with a leveling tool to help frame shots. If you already have the original GorillaPod, this model will look pretty similar and you may want to think twice before buying it. I gave it a hands-on try by hooking it up to my video camera via an attachment for my iPhone. It held the camera sturdy when I placed the legs of the product on the ground to capture some unusual angles. Not bad. … Read more