The little tripod that can help you rig up your camera basically anywhere takes aim at vloggers and other mirrorless shooters with its new upgrades.
Sometimes you just want to run around with a camera without bringing a full-sized set of sticks with you. You know there will be a tabletop you can plunk it on, or a fence to rig it to, or maybe a chain it could hang from. You need a do-anything mini-tripod so that you can rig it in those situations for exactly the framing you want, and the GorillaPod by JOBY has long been the dominant item in that category. With the new metal 3K Pro rig, JOBY is moving the GorillaPod upscale to accommodate the needs of filmmakers in the booming full frame mirrorless market who are using just slightly heavier cameras (up to 6.6kg) and need a little more strength but still want the freedom and power you get with the Gorilla.
In full power "rig" mode, the 3K Pro includes full metal, rubber-tipped legs along with two arms that end in 1/4-20 mounts that can be used for accessories. Need a microphone, some extra lighting, or a GoPro getting a wide-angle second shot to help your editor have flexibility? Rig them up on the arms. For the camera, there is an all-new CNC machined ball mount that will allow for precise placement of the shot that locks into place.
The new head for the 3k Pro uses an ARCA style plate. This common still photo format, also supported by companies like Peak design with some of the camera straps and many others in the photo space, should make it widely compatible for most users. This will not only lower replacement costs if you lose the plate, it should also make it fast to swap your camera into and out of the Gorilla system and into another compatible platform.
While the 5K remains their offering for the beefiest of camera packages (up to 11kg), the 3k Pro is perfectly designed for adapting to the booming Canon EOS-R Mirrorless camera platform. With bodies, and lenses, just a little bit larger than many users are used to, the robust all-metal construction and accessories mountings should make this a valuable tool for getting the shot you want in almost any situation.
- Legs wrap around objects for unlimited angles
- Fluid video head for smooth pan and tilt movements
- Fits mirrorless and DSLRs weighing up to 3 kg (6.61lb)
- Mount extra GorillaPod arm via 1/4”-20 attachment
- Durable construction with GorillaPod 3K legs
- Weight: 0.65 kg
- Attachment type: 3/8" adapter
- Material: Aluminum, Stainless steel, ABS Plastic, TPE
- Price: $129.95
- Availability: Early June 2019