The corporate behind the GorillaPod could have simply created one other tiny tripod that’s simply as versatile. On Thursday, September 20, Joby launched the TelePod line, a set of four-in-one tripods which can be about as compact as a desk tripod however telescope out for a larger top vary. The road contains the Joby TelePod Cell, TelePod 325, and TelePod PRO Package together with the beforehand launched GripTight Professional TelePod.
All of the tripods within the sequence have 4 completely different modes. Closed, the tripod doubles as a hand grip; lengthen the tripod whereas nonetheless closed and also you’re now holding an prolonged grip (which is only a fancier manner of claiming selfie stick). The tripods may also be used as a tabletop tripod, or can telescope to an elevated tripod.
Whereas the small tripods don’t attain the peak of many full-size tripods, the telescoping design makes them taller than a tabletop tripod. The TelePod PRO Package, for instance, reaches as much as 27.5 inches. That’s not tall sufficient for a standing tripod however it’s tall sufficient to sit down or kneel slightly than laying on the bottom with a tabletop choice.
The sequence contains variations to accommodate completely different gear, together with smartphones, motion cameras, 360 cameras, compact cameras, light-weight mirrorless cameras, and flashes or video lights. Whereas there are variations throughout the sequence, the entire tripods are constructed with anodized aluminum, chrome steel, glass-filled composite, and ABS plastic supplies.
The TelePod Cell is designed to accommodate smartphones utilizing Joby’s GripTight One spring mount and makes use of a ball head to permit customers to shoot from completely different angles. The GripTight Professional TelePod, which launched earlier this yr, can be designed for smartphones in addition to compact cameras, and features a chilly shoe mount and pin joint mount that permits for extra set-ups in comparison with the TelePod Cell.
The TelePod Professional Package is designed for photographers with light-weight gear, with a 360-degree ball head with a 90-degree tilt vary. The compact tripod can accommodate gear as much as 2.2 kilos — that’s not going to tote round a DSLR or a full body mirrorless with a high-end lens, however it’s sufficient to deal with a smaller mirrorless with a light-weight lens, together with compact cameras, motion cameras, and 360 cameras. The TelePod 325 is just like the Professional Package, however is a extra compact, entry-level choice that may solely accommodate about 11 ounces of drugs.
The entire tripods preserve the legs on the base and use an extended telescoping middle column. Longer middle columns are likely to create much less steady tripods, however for small gear, the design creates a tripod that’s a lot simpler to hold round. That design will probably work nicely for minimizing the seen gear beneath a 360 digital camera.
The smaller design could not work for heavy gear or capturing from a standing top, however the compact dimension and flexibility could show useful for journey pictures, vlogging, and smartphone pictures. The entire line can be out there in October, with pricing between $40 and $100.