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Joby introduces GPod Mini Magnetic and MPod Mini Stand flexible tripods

By dpreview staff on Aug 21, 2013 at 11:00 GMT

Joby has announced two new flexible tripods. The GPod Mini Magnetic is designed for compact cameras, and the MPod Mini Stand will hold a smartphone in or out of a case. Smaller than the original Gorillapod, the GPod Mini Magnetic - as its name implies - contains magnets in its feet to secure a compact camera to a metal surface. It will hold cameras weighing up to 325 grams. Wondering if it will support your camera? Check this list of cameras of compatible size. The MPod Mini Stand will accommodate a phone as wide as 3.2 inches between its rubberized 'jaws.' 

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Press Release:

JOBY Accessories Go 'Mini' with Two Portable, Playful and Practical Photo and Mobile Tripods

Joby GPod Mini Magnetic.

NEW Tripods Designed for Point-and-Shoots, Action Video Cameras & Smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO, August 20, 2013 – JOBY launches two adaptable mini tripods to empower the consumer to do more with his or her compact digital gear: the JOBY GPod Mini Magnetic ™ and JOBY MPod Mini Stand™.

"Our mini accessories were designed for the convenience and creativity of today’s spontaneous point-and-shoot and action video camera users, as well as smartphone users who use their devices to shoot images and enjoy media," said Michael Jue, director of product design and management. "The new tripod stands support consumers as they use their technical tools to get creative with their photos and videos," he added.

Introducing the JOBY GPod Mini Magnetic

Inspired by the original GorillaPod™ tripod, the JOBY GPod Mini Magnetic is a fun and friendly mini-tripod with magnetic feet – the perfect, portable stand that secures to all types of metal objects. Designed for point-and-shoot and action video cameras (such as GoPro cameras), the mini-tripod provides steady and crisp images from all angles. An adjustable neck allows users to change the position of their camera angle for more creative possibilities and the flexible, wrappable leg joints adapt to uneven surfaces.

Introducing the JOBY MPod Mini Stand

Also mini in size but mighty in practicality, the JOBY MPod Mini Stand features a universal design that fits most smartphones, with or without their protective cases (accommodating sizes up to a Samsung Galaxy Note). The mini tripod is built with flexible leg joints that adapt to all types of surfaces. Its expandable head mount clamps a smart phone in place, making it easy to set up a steady shot and enjoy media.

Each mini-tripod weighs less than two ounces, making it truly portable and an ideal lightweight accessory for totes, backpacks, pockets or travel cases.

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Joby GPod Mini Magnetic. Joby MPod Mini Stand.

Comments

Total comments: 29
raggedsweater
By raggedsweater (8 months ago)

I don't quite get it. How is this different than the Gorillapod magnetic for point and shoots minus a few links? I got my wife one and it's a perfect pairing for her Canon S100. Pull off a few feet to shorten and you'll have a mini. I suppose the extra 15 links are worth the $10 price difference.

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3systermuser
By 3systermuser (8 months ago)

this thing is actually quite durable , I can use my D800E on it and it is quite good , I can shoot long exposure anywhere from I can put it on , so it is great.
no normal tripod can do the same.
I use it for my EP5 and NEX7 as well and it is great.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (8 months ago)

Try dropping one magnetic tripod on the soil during a hike and see all the gold nuggets attached to it when you pick it up.

Great for prospecting.

.

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Sean Nelson
By Sean Nelson (8 months ago)

Gold is not a ferrous material so magnets won't attract it. If gold were magnetic then prospectors wouldn't need to spend all that time swishing water and streambed gravel around in pans.

Heck, not even US coins will stick to a magnet. Might find some nails, though!

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Tim Ashton
By Tim Ashton (8 months ago)

nice strong magnets wont corrupt cards???

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Sean Nelson
By Sean Nelson (8 months ago)

I suppose if you used something like an MRI machine it might induce enough current in a flash memory card to damage it, but normal magnets like the kind found in these tripods won't affect it because the data is not stored magnetically. Heck, normal magnets won't even affect hard drives, which DO store data magnetically.

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Impulses
By Impulses (8 months ago)

Flash media storage is basically electrical, data is read depending on how a charge is stored in each cell... You'd need a pretty freakishly strong electromagnetic field to affect that.

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rurikw
By rurikw (8 months ago)

I have an earlier version of the MPod with a bracket that slides onto a frame attached to my iPhone. I am quite happy with it for somewhat unexpected reasons: The frame doubles as protection for the phone and the tripod as a removable (and flexible) handle which makes the phone much more comfortable and enjoyable to use as a camera. As a tripod it's sort of tricky to get in position and it creeps but still better than any of the cheap table tripods I have tried. Unfortunately one joint has come loose so one leg tends to come off but can be snapped back and still works.

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JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (8 months ago)

We need some MAJOR news!!! Lately it's #!@$!

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (8 months ago)

It's August.

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onlooker
By onlooker (8 months ago)

How about a small beanbag? No scratches on paint.

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brumd
By brumd (8 months ago)

yeah.. gorillapods. They look cool, and I had 2 of them, but when you start using them you find they're not even half as practical as they look. Very soon some of the connections get loose and you have to struggle to get your camera in a useful angle/position.

As a hiker I can't afford to bring a full-proof tripod, but I get a lot more satisfaction out of my tent-pole Zipshot-tripod, which is also limited, but in many circumstances it does the trick. Even just a 30cm mini-tripod generally proofs to be me more practical.

Anyway, I'm not too keen of keeping strong magnetic things in my camera bag that also has memory cards etc.
/$0.02

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chj
By chj (8 months ago)

B&H Photo had them on display and I noticed many were very loose. I got one anyway since it was cheap and I rarely use a tripod. It's held up fine.

Because I've always kept those loose demo models in mind. I don't bent it all over the place. There's normally no reason to. Just keep three straight legs. It actually makes it much easier to level out, just nudge one or two legs.

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NZ Scott
By NZ Scott (8 months ago)

I own a Joby Gorillapod Hybrid, which I bought to use with my m43 system (based around an E-P3).

The Gorillapod Hybrid is junk. I snapped one of the legs while bending it around for storage. It's certainly not worth the USD $40 + I paid for it.

Much more useful is the $12 mini-tripod I bought from the local camera store.

I certainly wouldn't buy another Gorillapod.

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chj
By chj (8 months ago)

I rarely take photos that require a tripod, but without such a portable, inexpensive option I would probably never even consider a tripod.

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rallyfan
By rallyfan (8 months ago)

Mixing units (ounces and grams) shows lack of preparation.

Looks like a new way to scratch painted car surfaces. Why not just use a car key? Great scratches, less cost, traditional.

Losers.

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Impulses
By Impulses (8 months ago)

Pretty sure those leg tips are rubberized.

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rallyfan
By rallyfan (8 months ago)

The cretin that had the nerve to write the line about... empowering consumers didn't quite get around to clarifying the materials used on the feet, did she?

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Jogger
By Jogger (8 months ago)

why dont they just make a universal head for cellphones with the standard tripod screw.. they could pack it in with the normal version

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Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (8 months ago)

Joby does make a universal phone holder - it's called the GripTight and is probably the best such device on the market. You can buy it bundled a standard Gorillapod right now: http://joby.com/smartphones/griptight-gorillapod-stand

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Dianoda
By Dianoda (8 months ago)

+1 for the griptight, that thing is brilliant for phones. As for Joby's gorillapods (the ones with the articulating sections), eh, not really a fan of those - so many moving parts, the design of those things just looks inherently unstable, and they are pretty bulky considering the weight limits on most of them.

I use the griptight with one of their micro 250 tripods (which is rigid and compact) to watch videos/movies on my HTC One while travelling - the combo is great for media consumption and extremely portable (the griptight mount and the micro 250 fold down to about the size of a pocketknife). You can also remove the griptight section from the micro 250 tripod and use the tripod with a compact camera (it's stable enough for my RX100 and EOS M w/ 22mm f/2 lens), or want to mount the griptight to a different tripod.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=895320&is=REG&A=details&Q=

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Impulses
By Impulses (8 months ago)

Yeah, the Micro 250 and the GripTight are brilliant, I bought them together as well but I'm using them for entirely different purposes... I use the 250 with my compact Panasonic LF1, it's tiny enough you can close it and leave it attached to the bottom of the camera body while barely noticing it.

The Griptight is just as solidly built as the Micro, I think they're both made of magnesium alloy... Seems far more sturdy than that stretch cord attachment on the MPod. I'm using my GT in the car attached to a screw mount, works better than most dedicated car mounts, easier to hide away too.

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Langusta
By Langusta (8 months ago)

Do they have it with feet in "Blood Orange" color to match my car hood? Otherwise no deal!

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justinwonnacott
By justinwonnacott (8 months ago)

people keep giving me these things, they are cute but more or less useless. I have better luck with improvising a support by using a bottle, a book or whatever sturdy object is available . They are in my doo dad drawer with the other garage sale bits.

Give me a clamp with a flexcable instead - which unfortunately approaches the weight of a small and useful tripod.

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jadot
By jadot (8 months ago)

Um. The Joby DOESN'T approach the weight of a small and useful tripod, as your clamp/flexcable suggestion does.
Why are you having a go at Joby for solving your problem?

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justinwonnacott
By justinwonnacott (8 months ago)

actually I was talking about a manfrotto maxiclamp and a heavy flexcable. Never heard of Joby.

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justinwonnacott
By justinwonnacott (8 months ago)

Nor do i have a problem ;-)

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EssexAsh
By EssexAsh (8 months ago)

not very spontaneous if you have to dig it all out your bag, screw it all together, stick it somewhere and line it up for the shot.

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epo001
By epo001 (8 months ago)

What a classic of moronic marketing speak, "empower the consumer" and "The new tripod stands support consumers ...", funny I thought they supported the camera. Didn't realize *I* was meant to stand on it and all this time I've been doing it wrong.

Michael Jue, you are a disgrace to your species.

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