Review: GorillaPod Micro 250 tripod

The JOBY GorillaPod Micro 250 is just about one of the coolest digital camera accessories I’ve ever owned. It is handy for casual group shots, self-portraits and when recording video for scenes where the camera doesn’t have to be moved to follow the subject.

Sleek, thoughtfully designed

This sleek tripod is thoughtfully designed and can be left attached to the bottom of the camera at all times. It attaches flush to the bottom and is so light-weight and unobtrusive that you hardly know it’s there when the legs are not extended. Since it’s slim, it can easily fit into all but the most tight-fitting camera case while attached to the camera.

It should be pointed out that just because the Micro 250 is designed to stay on a camera, not everyone will want to do so, much preferring to carry it separately and attach only when needed. Those who take a lot of social snapshots are among those most likely to keep the tripod attached at all times.

Miniature ballhead

The Micro 250 has a miniature stainless steel ballhead that allows for 36° movement in any direction. Unlike using a flat surface, the camera on the tripod can be tilted slightly up and down for more precise composing of shots. It can even be used on an uneven surface.

Auto-fanning legs with rubber foot grips

The auto-fanning zinc alloy legs have rubber foot grips to help stabilize the camera and keep it from slipping when placed on slick surfaces. It doesn’t, however, have a height adjustment. A camera is raised approximately one inch (2.54 centimeters) from a surface so it has limited use for most macro shots.

I use the Micro 250 on my Canon S100 that has a tripod screw mount near the center on the bottom of the camera. Fortunately, the tripod legs only have to be turned slightly to be able to access the battery and memory card compartment. This might not work for all cameras so the tripod will have to be completely removed to change the battery or memory card.

Some cautions

The tripod may loosen at the base while the legs are being opened, so you have to twist the legs so the screw tightens into the tripod socket. The screw may have to be tightened again. I use a nickle to tighten it.

My camera is unstable when trying to set it down on its bottom with the tripod attached so another side will have to be used.

For optimal balance, the Micro 250 works best for cameras that have a tripod socket at or near its center. If the socket is made of plastic rather than metal, frequent removing and replacing of the tripod may eventually cause the socket to be stripped.

GorillaPod Micro 250 worthy of consideration

If you’re looking for a tiny tripod for a small point-and-shoot camera, the JOBY GorillaPod Micro 250 is worthy of consideration. It can securely hold most lightweight cameras and pocket camcorders up to 8.8 oz (250 g).

Photo illustrations using the Canon S100. The Richard Franiec custom grip for the Canon S100 is also seen in the illustrations.

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