With video and still cameras getting smaller and smaller, the traditional three-legged aluminum tripod is a bit overkill in some applications. At a mere 2 ounces, the UltraPod Go manages to offer more versatility than larger units, in a compact package that’s very affordable.
Whether you’re shooting with a GoPro, Contour, Epic, or even just a compact digital camera, the UltraPod Go should be part of your kit. Its standard 1/4-20 threaded post fits the tripod socket on just about every camera out there, and a single knob on the side allows for plenty of adjustment. Unfolded, the legs offer the stability of a tripod on flat, or reasonably flat surfaces. Fold the legs in and use the UltraPod Go as a pistol grip for smooth video panning. Unroll the included 13″ velcro PowerStrap, and you can attach it to a tree, post, bicycle, or just about any other similar, mostly round object.
As a photographer, I prefer to shoot handheld, even in the studio. But when it comes to shooting video or timed stills outdoors, some sort of tripod comes in handy. When hiking, it’s nice to be able to strap the UltraPod Go to a tree branch so I can snap a shot of my wife and myself. For macro shots, a tripod that’s only a few inches tall works very well too. The more I used this little tripod, the more I realized that I’ve probably missed out on some good shots by not having one. Sure, all those photos of us taken at arm’s length are nice, but being able to vary the angle, and include more of our surroundings has really made a difference. And at only six inches long, it’s easy enough to throw in a pack or even my shirt pocket. I carry a pocket-sized digital camera with me everywhere, and this has now become a companion as essential as a spare battery.
Downsides? The UltraPod Go has a weight limit of one pound. That’s not an issue with the video cameras and smaller digital cameras, but may be a concern with some of the new mirror-less cameras. And the mini ball mount doesn’t really offer 360 degrees of adjustment. The majority of adjustment is on a single axis, with the ability to tilt a bit to either side. This makes it great for squaring up your horizon, but switching from horizontal to vertical (for stills) usually means some re-positioning is required. Of course, with its MSRP of only $14.99, I don’t feel like there should be too many complaints. As mentioned in the title, this is a great stocking stuffer for your favorite shutterbug, and with such a reasonable price, you can get yourself one too.
Disclosure of Material Connection: We received the UltraPod Go By Pedco for free from Industrial Revolution, in consideration for review publication