Comparison between the Best vlogging tripods
Tripod is essential equipment for photographers and videographers from beginner level to pro. Although as a starter, you might think that they all look and operate the same; but they are actually different especially when it comes to size, material and therefore, features. So what might be a good option for a photographer does not necessarily means it’s good for a videographer. Moreover, what’s good for a wedding videographer won’t be good for a vlogger and etc. As a vlogger, you will need a stable, compact tabletop tripod that can easily be slide into your backpack. With a tabletop tripod, you will ensure to get steady footages if you are filming indoors and outdoors. Since tabletop tripods are compact and have a lightweight, they come in handy when shooting handheld videos. In this article, we will be comparing two of the best tabletop tripods in the market Joby Gorillapod vs Manfrotto Pixi Evo 2.
The two tripods are used widely among vloggers, each provides stability to your camera. However, they both have different features when it comes to the load capacity, versatility and price.
Joby Gorillapod Features
The Gorillapod from Joby is a flexible and compact tripod which is designed to bend and be wrapped around different surfaces. Unlike a traditional tripod, the Gorillapod is designed to support your camera on various object and surfaces. Moreover, the Gorillapod will provide you with steady camera support just like any other traditional tripod. Joby’s Gorillapod has wrappable legs, which means you can attach it to literally anything to give you unlimited angles and unique perspectives.
You have probably seen a lot of vloggers using Joby’s Gorillapod. As this tripod provides stability when used as a tabletop tripod. Also, it can be used as a vlogging rig for hand-held shots. This tripod features a 360° panning bed and 90° tilt and bubble level for optimal position control. It can mount compact DSLR. mirrorless cameras and, GoPro and smartphones. However, since there are different types make sure that you pick the one that is perfect for your camera.
Which Joby Gorillapod is best for you?
The Gorillapod that you will pick depends entirely on your camera and its weight. Therefore, the answer would be different from one vlogger to another. If you own and shoot with a small point and shoot camera you will get a tripod that is different from someone who uses a DSLR. We made a table to make it easy to choose the best Joby Gorillapod for your camera.
|GorillaPod 325||GorillaPod Magnatic 325||GorillaPod 500||GorillaPod 1k kit ||GorillaPod 3k kit ||GorillaPod 5k kit
|Compatible with||Point and shoot camera ||Point and shoot camera||Camcorder, Mirrorless, and Point and shoot camera||Camcorder, Mirrorless, and Point and shoot camera||DSLR, Pro DSLR, Camcorder, Mirrorless, and Point and shoot||Camcorder, DSLR, Mirrorless, Pro DSLR
|Dimensions ||1.38 x 1.38 x 6.89 in||1.38 x 1.38 x 6.69 in||1.57 x 1.57 x 8.07 in||2.17 x 1.97 x 10.24 in||2.56 x 2.36 x 12.01 in||2.56 x 2.56 x 15.16 in
|Weight||0.11lbs||0.14lbs||0.17lbs||0.43 lbs||0.86lbs||1.63 lbs
|Load Capacity||325 g ||325 g ||500 g ||1 K ||3K ||5 K
|Connection Point ||1/4"-20 standard tripod mount||1/4"-20 standard tripod mount||1/4"-20 standard tripod mount||1/4"-20 standard tripod mount||1/4"-20 standard tripod mount||1/4"-20 standard tripod mount
All Joby’s Gorillapod uses the same flexible legs, except that the Magnetic version as it has magnetic feet which let it stick to metal surfaces. We would recommend to get Joby’s Gorillapod 1k as you can use it with a lot of cameras whether point or shoot, mirrorless and even some DSLRs.
For more info, Joby has a made a video guide to help you find the best /right Gorillapod for you. Watch it here
How to use a Gorillapod?
Using a Gorillapod is not difficult at all, it has a straight forward set up. When it comes to using the Gorillapod, there are two main positions either balanced or squeezed.
By balance we mean that three legs are apart and extended in different yet equal directions just like any regular tripod. If you are using a camera with a heavy lens, then it’s better to have one of the legs extended just below the lens to offer the best support.
The second position is the squeeze position, which is when the legs of the Gorillapod is wrapped around any object to stabilize the camera. Note that the joints of the Gorillapod are very strong, also they are rubber coated which give them a nonslip grip. There are many other “creative” ways to use your Gorillapod, watch this video to find out more about Gorillapod hacks and tricks
Can I use the Gorillapod with my Phone?
Yeah, you can get yourself Grip Tight one which is a Gorillapod made especially for smartphones( Universal smartphone compatibility). It is pocket-friendly and like the original ones, it has rubber foot grips for stability.
Or if you already have one regular size Gorillapod and just want to mount your smartphone to it, then look for JOBY GripTight ONE Mount . it allows you to connect a smartphone to any tripod, monopod or selfie stick via a standard 1⁄4”-20 tripod attachment. Also, it is compatible with all phones ( It can hold devices that are 56mm-91mm wide.
Manfrotto Pixi Evo 2 Features
If you are filming and vlogging from a desk or a table, Manfrotto’s Pixi tabletop tripod might be a good option for you. This tripod is very light in weight, with static legs which means that it is dependent on a floor or a tabletop.
The Manfrotto Pixi evo2 is a very affordable tripod with multi uses; as it can be used as a tripod or as a rig for shooting handheld footage. The Pixi Evo 2tripod has adjustable legs and a built-in ball head. It is perfect for using with smartphones, mirrorless camera and entry level DSLR as it supports up to 5.5lbs. Pixi Evo 2 tripod boasts two different leg angles with a sliding selector, enabling to shoot ground level images.
Additional features include the two-section legs that can be adjusted in simple steps which improve overall stability. With Pixi Evo 2, you can shoot in portrait mode as the tripod allows the camera to tilt to 90 degrees while ensuring stability.
Manfrotto Pixi vs Pixi Evo 2
|Manfrotto Pixi||Pixi Evo 2
|Load Capacity ||2.2 lbs - 1 kg ||Supports up to 5.5lbs - 2.5 kg
|Closed Length ||18 cm ||20 cm
|Legs ||Not extendable||Extendable Legs
|Lateral Tilt||-35° / +35° tilt||-90° / +40°
|Front Tilt||-35° / +35° tilt||-35° / +35°
Overall, these two tripods are so different and used for a different kind of videography.
If you are into vlogging with a point and shoot, a lightweight camera then it is better to go with the regular Pixi Evo. However, if you want to get fancier shots, have a heavier camera and interested in the rotation features then go with the EVO 2.
Can Manfrotto Pixi Evo 2 used as a smartphone Tripod ?
Yes! You can use the Pixi Evo 2 with any smartphone. You will just need to get a Manfrotto Mount for universal smartphones, and you are ready to go.
Joby Gorillapod vs Manfrotto Pixi Evo 2
What are the main differences between Joby Gorillapod vs Manfrotto Pixi?
Both Joby’s GorillaPod and Manfrotto’s Pixi are being used heavily by vloggers as these both tripods provide the needed stability. You can use both tripods when filming handheld footages, as they have a compact size and lightweight. These two tripods are considered to be the best when it comes to tripods used by vloggers. However, each one of them has its own unique features which we will be addressed below.
Manfrotto’s Pixi is lighter than Joby’s Gorillapod, which for some vloggers the weight of a tripod is an essential factor. if you won’t be using the functionality of the Gorillapod and you need a light tripod then go for the Pixi.
When you first use Joby’s Gorillapod it is very good, however, after a lot of extensive and heavy usage, the joints will start developing some cracks. One this happens, it means your tripod is starting to be useless especially in slippery surfaces. Therefore, we found the Pixi Evo2 more durable than the Gorillapod.
Between these two, we found that the Gorillapod is way more versatile than Pixi Evo 2 tripod. As the GorillaPod can be used in all surfaces, can be wrapped around every object and can be used as a handheld rig.
If you are using one of these tripods for vlogging yourself, the Joby will give you more distance range due to its flexible legs ( see image )
The ball head on the Joby’s GorillaPod is better than the Pixi Evo2, as its knob is designed in a circular shape which we found more user-friendly than the triangle design in the Pixi. Also, the GorillaPod has a fluid head, which is an amazing feature for vloggers to shoot panning shots.
Moreover, Joby’s Gorillapod has a quick release while the Manfrotto Pixi Evo 2 does not have a quick release and you have to screw to get your camera off the tripod.