Joby GorillaPod Mobile Rig Review

Joby, makers of the original GorillaPod flexible tripod, have come up with a unique smartphone accessory to help in the creation of pro-grade videos, vlogs and YouTube content, called the Joby GorillaPod Mobile Rig. Taking design feedback from the active Joby community of content creators, the Joby GorillaPod Mobile Rig builds on the original patented GorillaPod design, with flexible arms for more versatility. Its’ secure mount works with any smartphone and up to three additional devices like mics, lights and GoPro cameras.

With the rapidly growing trend for video content on social media platforms including YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Periscope, Joby jumped in to help make smartphone videos simpler. The GorillaPod Mobile Rig is flexible, portable, convenient and easy to use, making it an indispensable tool for any content creator, vlogger or media journalist trying to creating higher quality video.

The advanced features include: adjustable tilt for selfies, landscape or portrait shooting modes for standard horizontal formats like YouTube as well as vertical video for platforms like Instagram and Periscope. This versatility, combined with the ability to add up to three additional devices such as mics, lights and action cameras via the standard ¼”-20 tripod connections, gives you the perfect mobile video rig.

“Our community of JOBY makers live in the moment. They are constantly looking for the next content creation opportunity and need tools that are as unique and flexible as they are,” said Tim Grimmer, Vice President of Brand and Product for JOBY, Vitec Imaging Solutions. “With our new GorillaPod Mobile Rig, we’re helping vloggers and mobile video content producers truly get a grip on the creative capabilities of their smartphones and action cameras.”

The GorillaPod Mobile Rig is lightweight and leverages the patented GorillaPod ball and socket design with rubberized grips that provide endless flexibility and quick adjust-ability. The GorillaPod Mobile Rig will securely mount any smartphone with the locking GripTight mount.

The flexible legs on the GorillaPod Mobile Rig can be used as a handle, wrapped around objects such as trees or poles or used as a tripod. The two 6-socket GorillaPod arms come standard with ¼”-20 tripod connections, two Cold Shoe mounts and one GoPro mount enables you to add up to three devices at one time.

In The Box

  • GorillaPod 1K Stand
  • GripTight PRO 2 Mount
  • 2 GorillaPod Arms
  • 2 Cold Shoe Mounts
  • Pin Joint Mount

Grip It

The GorillaPod creates the perfect vlogging rig for hand-held shots. Add lights and a microphone and your smartphone vlogging quality just jumped up by two huge steps. 

Wrap It

The GorillaPod easily and securely wraps around branches, poles & more for unlimited angles and unique perspectives.

Stand It

And of course the GorillaPod will keep your smartphone stable on any surface.

The GorillaPod with Arms!

Add a mic, throw on some lights, a GoPro or other accessory and you have created the ultimate smartphone vlogging setup.

Specifications

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 33 cm (4.72 x 3.15 x 12.99 in)
  • Weight: 362 g (0.80 lbs)
  • Connection Point: 1/4″-20 standard tripod mount, GoPro mount, Universal flash shoe
  • Materials: ABS Plastic, Aluminum, Stainless Steel, TPE, Zinc-Aluminum

Features

  • Grip it.
  • Wrap it.
  • Stand it.
  • Patented GorillaPod ball and socket design with rubberized grips provides endless flexibility and quick adjustability
  • Secure any smartphone in the pro-grade, locking GripTight™ mount
  • Easily adjust tilt and landscape-to-portrait mode as needed for live streaming, vlogging, Snapchat and Instagram stories
  • Add up to 3 additional devices like mics, lights and action cameras via ¼”-20 connections
  • Includes two 6-socket GorillaPod arms with ¼”-20 connections, plus 2 Cold Shoe mounts and 1 GoPro® mount

The Verdict

When it comes to smartphone vlogging, this is without a doubt the supreme setup, as it allows you to add a mic and lights, which gives viewers a crystal clear perspective both and visuals and sound. If you have ever used a Joby product before, you know that their wares are made of high quality material and tout durability and endurance. And the Joby GorillaPod Mobile Rig is no exception. The ONLY place that the mobile rig disappoints is the price point, a $100 is a tough pill to swallow. Don’t get me wrong, the Mobile Rig is absolutely brilliant and gives you the ability to use it and it’s pieces in limitless ways, whilst getting the Joby quality, innovation, and durability; nevertheless if you aren’t in the market for this exact setup, their are cheaper options out there.

For more information on the Joby GorillaPod Mobile Rig, visit www.joby.com                                   MSRP $99.95

Mark Ranum

Mark is an outdoor adventure seeker, living in the beautiful state of Michigan. He loves trekking hundreds of miles through the wilderness, whether on two feet or two wheels, always looking for the next new trail or road to see where it will take him.

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