We all know these moments, when it would be convenient to have a tripod for a smartphone. For instance if you want to shot some group photos during your vacations, record a video of your kids in the park, or for creating a fancy Vine or Instagram video. The tripod isn't the biggest problem, the real problem is how to mount it to your smartphone? Well, I was looking for another smartphone mount and came across the Joby GripTight Mount. Joby, well know for its GorillaPod stands, is one of the companies I trust in since the GorillaPod was so innovative when it was introduced years ago; but the GripTight Mount was only released last fall.
Since most tripod mounts only work with one phone model, they last - in most cases - only until you change your phone again and then you can throw it away. The GripTight Mount is an universal mount, which is foldable and super compact. It comes with a ¼-20" screw and therefore quickly attaches to most standard tripods. It neither requires a special case nor a mounting mechanism and the phone is attached by simply stretching the clamp and inserting the smartphone. Easy enough and straight forward.
The adjustable clamp fits most Android, iOS and Windows Phone smartphones between a width of 54 - 72 mm and in most cases the phone has even not taken out of protecting cases. The internal steel springs allow the clamp to expand to the size the attached device and grip it securely, thanks to the rubber grip pads.
As mentioned above, the Joby GripTight Mount comes with a standard ¼-20" screw and can be used with virtually every tripod, monopod or GorillaPod. It holds most smartphone safe and secure, doesn't matter if used vertical or horizontal.
After use, the mount can be closed by folding the two clamps, making it easy to fit it in a pocket or bag. It can even attached to a keychain which means you can have it with you every time.
The Joby GripTight Mount is one of these smartphone accessories which didn't make too much sense - years ago. When smartphones had VGA cameras and photos were max. good enough to be shared via MMS. However, this has changed now where smartphones are even replacing point and shoot cameras, thanks to better optics, sensors and software. Even at events, I often only carry a smartphone since the photo quality is more than good enough. However, I often missed the ability to either use my tripod or GorillaPod and the GripTight Mount is finally closing this gap.
It seems to be clever designed and feels to be rock-solid manufactured. At least it seems to last longer than I usually use a single phone. It's so tiny that I have more fear of losing it but even if lost, it's not a major loss at all since it's not too expansive at all.
The GripTight Mount is a recommended accessory for everyone using the smartphone camera a lot and now, with summer holidays ahead, it might be the perfect time to get one too. Especially since it can be even used without an attached tripod, as the photos above show. Therefore it can be easily used for self portraits or group photos too.
The Joby GripTight Mount is available from all kind of retailers and online shops for around 15 Euro (affiliate links bellow).
Cheers ~ Arne