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Joby's latest mini tripod can get its jaws around smartphones

Joby's latest mini tripod can ...
The Joby MPod Mini Stand fits most popular smartphones
The Joby MPod Mini Stand fits most popular smartphones
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The head is permanently attached to the mini tripod with the Joby MPod Mini Stand
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The head is permanently attached to the mini tripod with the Joby MPod Mini Stand
The Joby MPod Mini Stand can be used with most smartphone photography accessories
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The Joby MPod Mini Stand can be used with most smartphone photography accessories
The Joby MPod Mini Stand features an expandable head mount with rubberized jaws
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The Joby MPod Mini Stand features an expandable head mount with rubberized jaws
The Joby MPod Mini Stand fits most popular smartphones
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The Joby MPod Mini Stand fits most popular smartphones
The Joby MPod Mini Stand measures 11.6 cm (4.6 inch) tall and weighs 30 g (1.1 oz)
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The Joby MPod Mini Stand measures 11.6 cm (4.6 inch) tall and weighs 30 g (1.1 oz)
The Joby MPod Mini Stand has flexible leg joints, meaning it can be used on most surfaces or even wrapped around objects
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The Joby MPod Mini Stand has flexible leg joints, meaning it can be used on most surfaces or even wrapped around objects
The Joby GPod Mini Magnetic is designed for use with compact cameras and action cams
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The Joby GPod Mini Magnetic is designed for use with compact cameras and action cams
The Joby GPod Mini Magnetic features an adjustable neck allowing users to better angle their mounted camera
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The Joby GPod Mini Magnetic features an adjustable neck allowing users to better angle their mounted camera
The Joby GPod Mini Magnetic is small enough to slip into a pocket
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The Joby GPod Mini Magnetic is small enough to slip into a pocket
The Joby GPod Mini Magnetic has magnetic feet meaning it can securely attach to all types of metal
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The Joby GPod Mini Magnetic has magnetic feet meaning it can securely attach to all types of metal
The Joby GPod Mini Magnetic allows you to position your camera in situations a traditional tripod wouldn't
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The Joby GPod Mini Magnetic allows you to position your camera in situations a traditional tripod wouldn't
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Joby has released its latest tripod designed for steadying your smartphone, the MPod Mini Stand. In addition to the typically bobbly flexible-jointed legs you'd expect from Joby, the MPod Mini features an expandable head mount with rubberized jaws which can clamp almost any smartphone in place, even something as big as the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

The MPod Mini Stand could be seen as a follow-on from the Joby GripTight stand in that it also offers the ability to steady most smartphones by stretching to clamp them in place. But while the GripTight uses an extending arm to hold a camera in place, the new device uses a flexible cord between two rubberized jaws.

This means it can clamp around phones up to 81 mm wide (3.2 inches) and 11.5 mm (0.45 inches) thick – covering popular devices like the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4. Because this attaches in the middle of the device, it allows smartphone photographers to continue using most accessories, even something like Holga's Lens and Filter Wheel.

The Joby MPod Mini Stand features an expandable head mount with rubberized jaws
The Joby MPod Mini Stand features an expandable head mount with rubberized jaws

However, while the GripTight has the benefit of being able to be attached to any tripod, the MPod Mini Stand is permanently attached to a mini tripod. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, featuring flexible leg joints it can be used on most surfaces or even wrapped around objects. It measures 11.6 cm (4.6 inch) tall and weighs 30 g (1.1 oz), making it small and light enough to carry with you most of the time.

Joby has also released the GPod Mini Magnetic tripod, which is designed for point-and-shoots or action video cameras like the GoPro and features a standard tripod thread. As its name suggests, and like its bigger brothers, the GPod Mini Magnetic has magnetic feet meaning it can securely attach to all sorts of metal objects whether that's a speeding car or a more sedate railing. It also boasts an adjustable neck allowing users to better angle their mounted camera.

The Joby GPod Mini Magnetic allows you to position your camera in situations a traditional tripod wouldn't
The Joby GPod Mini Magnetic allows you to position your camera in situations a traditional tripod wouldn't

Both the Joby MPod Mini Stand and the Joby GPod Mini Magnetic are available for a price of US$14.95.

Source: Joby

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