Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tiltpod Camera Tripod Review

Using a magnetic base and a steel pivot, the Tiltpod by Gomite functions as a tripod, but it has a much smaller, more portable, and unique design. The Tiltpod micro "tripod" is an intriguing camera accessory, but how well does it work? Read on to find out!

Fifteen dollars buys the magnetic base, a tripod socket-mounted pivot, and an adhesive backed pivot to use if the camera's tripod socket is not located near the middle of the camera. A wrist lanyard and a simple, time-saving assembly instruction sheet are included.

Now, let's talk about how the Tiltpod works. The Tiltpod performs best with small cameras. My Kodak EasyShare C875 is quite heavy for a compact. To be honest, it was actually a little too heavy to use with the Tiltpod. When I positioned the Tiltpod in certain ways, the camera would tilt a little to the right or left. However, lighter cameras will not have this problem. 

Gomite claims "Place your camera anywhere!" I think that statement might go a little too far. Nevertheless, the Tiltpod does expand the range of places from where I can shoot pictures. I used the Tiltpod on many surfaces, including wood, metal, and rock.  I even could attach my camera to the vertical side of a refrigerator because of the Tiltpod's magnetic base. Again, smaller cameras will have more range-of-use with the Tiltpod.

All in all, the Tiltpod isn't a tripod replacement for photo bugs who want to use their camera in extreme conditions or who have heavier cameras. It would work great for casual snapshooters who want a super-quick and super-portable way to stabilize their camera.

Product Info

MSRP:$15 on Amazon
    Portable, stabilization, works on lots of surfaces including metal
  • Does not handle heavy cameras well

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