If you often find yourself in precarious positions trying to capture that perfect photo, you’ll really appreciate this gadget. Called the Joby Gorillapod, it is a tripod that can contort itself in a seemingly limitless number of positions, to secure a strong foothold for your camera just about anywhere.
The Gorillapod features over two dozen, fully articulating ball-and-socket joints that each rotate 360-degrees – making for a tripod that is infinitely flexible. Bending and twisting its way to a stable shot, the Gorillapod will hug tree branches, fences, lampposts, furniture or just about any object or surface you can imagine, making timed group photos or steady low-light images a snap – wherever you may be.
The legs of the tripod are capped with big rubber feet to prevent slippage and with a weight of just 1.6oz (45g), you can throw one in your backpack or camera bag and be ready for when inspiration strikes. At $21.45 with 4.5 stars from a whopping 270 customer reviews over at Amazon.com, Joby’s Original Gorillapod is a sure bet.
For those with larger cameras, there are three other increasingly hardcore versions of the Gorillapod too. The “SLR” accommodates Single-Lens Reflex cameras ($39.95), The “SLR-ZOOM” balances SLRs equipped with heavy zoom lenses ($47.65) and the “Focus” which is designed for huge, professional studio gear ($99.15).
Whichever model you go for, you’re bound to leave people wondering just how you got those impossible angles. It’ll be our little secret.