- Easy to Use
- Unique Design
- Fits Most Phones
What is it:
The Joby GripTight Mount for Cell Phones adds a tripod mount to almost any cell phone. I say "almost any" because now days there aren't many differences between some cell phones and small tablets. According to the website specs it will hold "all iPhones and most Android & Windows smart phones with or without a case between 2.1-2.8 in (54-72 mm)". The Joby GripTight Mount expands around your phones, springs clamp down, and rubber grips hold it all in place. The bottom fit a 1/4-20" screw, which is the technical way to say it will screw onto almost any standard tripod. Once attached to the tripod, flip it open, clip in your phone and let the filming/ photographing begin.
What I think:
As camera quality on cell phones increases so too do the number of "Cell Phone Photographers" on the planet. I'm sure everyone has a friend who is an avid cell phone photographer. As someone who has done quite a bit of photography, both with cell phones and DSLRs, I can really appreciate what Joby has created here. The Joby GripTight Mount joins the stability of a tripod with the mobility of a cell phone camera. It doesn't matter if it's a pro caliber camera or an iPhone, the fundamental rules for photography are the same; a stable camera means a clearer picture. Cell phones aren't the most stable cameras to begin with and image stabilizing-software can overcompensate for jittery hands, so the ability to hold a cell phone perfectly stable really improves the native image quality being captured.
The Joby GripTight Mount is small enough to be taken everywhere a cell phone goes. The only downside is that the whole formula becomes a bit less portable when you factor in transporting and setting up a tripod along with you in daily situations. While a cell phone and the Joby GripTight Mount fit easily in your pocket, a tripod most likely will not. However, the cure to this would actually be to look into one of the many other products Joby offers. The company has made a name for itself making small, portable, flexible tripods for almost every camera. The combination of the Joby GripTight Mount and a GripTight Gorilla Pad would be the perfect solution for someone looking into a small, lightweight, portable camera and tripod solution.
During testing I did inadvertently discover one unexpected use for the Joby GripTight Mount. While keeping the tripod folded and extending the legs I was able to raise my iPhone up like it was on a mini camera boom. Having the phone raised to such a vantage point really provided a professional look to video that was shot on an iPhone. If you're looking for some cool footage, a crisp image, or just want to film yourself in the hopes of becoming the next Youtube viral video sensation, give the Joby GripTight Mount a serious look. You may want to check out the remainder of the company's catalog while you're there as well.