Review of the Gomite tiltpod and tiltpod mobile for compact cameras and iPhone 4/4S
Gomite tiltpod is the world’s smallest tripod. It is available in two different styles. The camera tiltpod is designed for use with compact cameras that weigh up to 7 oz (200 grams). The other option, called the ‘tiltpod mobile,’ can be used with an iPhone 4/4S without a case.
What is in the box?
Both packages come in nifty little boxes. The camera tiltpod comes with a stick-on nickel-coated pivot, a screw pivot, the base, and a lanyard. The tiltpod mobile comes with a pivot, a key chain, and the base.
Design and features
The simplicity of the idea and design of Gomite tiltpod makes it an extraordinary pocket tripod for your compact camera or iPhone 4/4S. The idea is to have a tripod ready at hand whenever you may need it.
Such an idea required the design of the Gomite tiltpod to be the simplest of its kind. Gomite tiltpod base is only 2 inches long, 1.5 inches wide, and 0.5 inches deep. It weighs only 0.2 ounces. You can attach it to your camera strap for easy portability. The mobile version’s base comes with a key loop, so you can use your tiltpod mobile as a key ring.
Both versions of tiltpod feature a strong magnetic base to hold the nickel-coated pivot. The base’s bottom surface is green. It is made of grippy plastic material. The top surface of the base is where you place the pivot. Overall, the design is very compact and “clean.” The tiltpod looks good and feels sturdy.
Most compact cameras feature a tripod mount. We used Gomite tiltpod with a Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS. The screw pivot worked nicely with our camera. We could tilt and rotate the camera easily in any direction. Gomite tiltpod held the camera securely and kept it still at all angles during use. This was especially helpful for taking pictures in low lighting conditions. Gomite tiltpod holds the camera so tightly that it did not fall off even when we placed the camera upside down and held it by the tiltpod. We tried the tiltpod on different surfaces, including wood, plastic, metal, and glass. In each case, the tiltpod stuck tightly to the surface, even if the surface was uneven.
One potential downside is that you cannot place your camera vertically on the tiltpod. In other words, the tiltpod only allows you to take pictures in landscape mode. Fortunately, with the Gomite tiltpod mobile, you can use your iPhone 4/4S both horizontally and vertically.
Gomite tiltpod mobile’s pivot has an iPhone adaptor attached to it. Gomite tiltpod mobile worked perfectly when we placed our case-less iPhone 4S on it horizontally. However, setting the phone vertically on the tiltpod only worked if we limited the tilting angle of the phone to about 20 degrees forward or 30 degrees backward. Besides its usefulness for taking pictures, the tiltpod is also handy as a means for chatting on your iPhone hands-free.
Geomite tiltpod is an ingeniously designed micro-tripod that is ultraportable and always ready for use. Setting it up and fixing the camera angle only takes a couple of seconds. Gomite tiltpod can hold your camera or iPhone securely. It does not slip off the surface even when the surface is slightly inclined. HomeGear lab gives the tiltpod the highest rating: 4 Lights On.
Base: Magnetic base
Dimensions: 152mm X 51mm X 102mm