Bendy-leg tripod-maker Joby has launched a neat looking new product for smartphones, the GorillaPod Mobile Rig. It’s the first GorillaPod to feature arms in addition to tripod legs, creating a rig that is perfect for vloggers.
A couple of lights plus a microphone can be attached to the rig, while the flexible legs provide an easy grip for those using a phone to make videos on the move.
Joby GorillaPod Mobile Rig: What’s in the box
The Joby GorillaPod Mobile Rig comprises an original GorillaPod, phone mount, two arms and pin-joint/ cold shoe adaptors.
The universal 1/4in thread is used to attach the phone mount to the GorillaPod. That adjustable mount can hold any smartphone and be rotated between landscape or portrait formats and tilted. On the top of the mount is a cold shoe adaptor designed to hold an external microphone.
On the underside of the phone mount are two more 1/4in threads that hold the arms. Each arm accepts a pin-joint (eg GoPro mount) or cold shoe adaptor. Accessories such as additional lights can then be mounted to the rig.
We know the GorillaPod is a high-quality item and we look forward to seeing if the Mobile Rig can match it. The product materials are listed as Plastic/ Aluminum/ Stainless Steel, TPE and Zinc-Aluminium, so we can’t be sure at this stage.
Joby GorillaPod Mobile Rig: What do we think?
Perhaps the biggest surprise is that we are only seeing this product from Joby now, not earlier. The Joby GorillaPod Mobile Rig is a really neat looking set up, once you have all the necessary accessories to create the rig.
That extra fill light given by additional lights can give subjects in videos a lift. GorillaPod’s flexible legs work particularly well for vloggers. You can get an easy grip of the legs while on the move. When stationary, those legs can be wrapped around a variety of surfaces, or simply positioned like a mini-tripod.
This product could be a very popular accessory for vloggers and won’t take up much space in the kit bag.
Joby GorillaPod Mobile Rig: Pricing and Availability
The Joby GorillaPod Mobile Rig is available now via the Joby website for $99.95. The pin-joint and cold shoe adaptors are included, but of course, the lights and microphone will need to be purchased separately.
We do not know at this stage if it is possible to buy the Mobile Rig separately to the GorillaPod, for those that already own one.