Popular photo brand Joby has released a new version of its useful GorillaPod, now with a carrier that supports MagSafe for even easier use with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13.
If you haven’t used GorillaPod before, you should take it. They’re pretty affordable and make it insanely easy to get great photos and videos with your iPhone. They certainly work with dedicated cameras as well, but the primary use for many will be a smartphone.
Joby had been creating a clip for a smartphone that was universal for years. Just separate the sides and insert the iPhone and start recording. The handle was easy to use, and GorillaPod lets you place the tripod almost anywhere. Wrap it around a pole, hang it on a pipe and easily cope with uneven terrain.
Now the company has launched a series of packages that connect GorillaPod with the new GripTight carrier with Magsafe.
What makes GorillaPod, GorillaPod?
We have used GorillaPods for many, many years and they are still one of our favorite travel tripods. They are small and easily fit into almost any bag.
What makes them so unique is that they consist of a series of rubberized ball joints. This allows you to rotate and bend each leg on the tripod. A typical tripod has three straight legs and you can adjust the length, but the GorillaPod allows all legs to move in almost any corner.
Due to the almost infinitely movable legs, they can be glued, hung or wrapped around everything.
It is a useful tool for anyone who wants to take photos without the use of hands.
But GorillaPods are not that new. What’s new, is a new carrier that can be paired with it.
MagSafe for GorillaPod
MagSafe is a new technology that Apple introduced in the iPhone 12 before bringing it to the iPhone 13. It can be used to charge your iPhone or connect accessories such as wallets and handrails. In this case it is used to connect to the bracket.
The Joby GripTight carrier for MagSafe has two modes of operation. The easiest and fastest way is using MagSafe. Just bring the phone closer and it will quickly grab and attach to the holder. When you’re done shooting, take the tripod and pull out the iPhone. It couldn’t be easier.
Your iPhone connects perpendicular to the clip itself, but then the entire top can rotate about 360 degrees, locking at 30-degree intervals.
The MagSafe magnets, however, were quite irresistible. The only other tripod stand we used for the iPhone was the Moment line, which features all-metal brackets that have a stronger connection than Joby’s option.
Although Moment’s magnets are stronger, Joby makes up for it in other ways. Joby’s GripTight Mount for MagSafe can be instantly switched from a purely magnetic connection to the buckle. To perform the conversion, you can twist the rubber ends that turn outwards and become clasps.
Once removed, you now have a more secure clip that can protect your phone from any angle. Because the GorillaPod can connect in so many places, you don’t know if your iPhone will be hung upside down, face down, or in some other weird orientation. If you have this ability to hold an iPhone, you know your iPhone is safe.
Should you buy a Joby’s GorillaPod with a GripTight holder for MagSafe?
GorillaPod is unique because it is a great product for average users, families, children, vloggers and professionals, without costing too much money. If you want basic accessories to help you take photos without using your hands, this is the perfect option.
It gets even better with the new GripTight bracket with MagSafe. The nervousness about cutting and unbuttoning the phone disappeared. It’s incredibly easy to just bring the phone closer to the tripod and let the magnets take control.
Because the GripTight bracket with MagSafe has a standard thread on the bottom, it can also be used with any other tripod. So, if you are already using an existing tripod, just turn the GripTight holder and you are ready.
- Proven and GorillaPod design
- Easily capture videos and photos from anywhere
- GripTight Mount supports MagSafe
- It has both magnetic and physical mounting capabilities
- GripTight Mount works with GorillaPod or any other tripod
- Everything made of plastic
- The magnet is not as strong as other brands
Rating: 4 out of 5
Joby offers three different configurations, including the GripTight wall mount for MagSafe for $ 24.95, the GripTight mount for MagSafe for $ 39.95 and the GripTight GorillaPod for MagSafe for $ 69.95. All models seem to be on sale, starting at $ 15.
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