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Best Flexible Tripod [2021 Review]

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Published: 29/06/2021

Whether you plan to take an outstanding landscape image of the horizon or a professional-grade real estate photo, having the best flexible tripod will enhance your photography significantly. This review focuses on the most sturdy and versatile tripods that will adapt to all shooting situations.

Our Top Flexible Tripod Reviews

Apart from stability, the flexibility of a tripod is a key feature that you will need in your everyday photography. Below, we review the best flexible tripods, versatile and sturdy enough to hold your camera in place. Let’s first take a quick look at the features in each of these stands.

Brand
Best Overall
Joby GorillaPod 5K
Best for the Money
Joby GorillaPod 3K
Best Cheap Pick
Joby GorillaPod 500
Product
JOBY GorillaPod 5K Kit. Professional Tripod 5K...
Joby JB01507 GorillaPod 3K Kit. Compact Tripod 3K...
JOBY GorillaPod 500: A Compact, Flexible Tripod...
Material
Aluminum
ABS
ABS Plastic, Stainless steel, TPE, Aluminum
Weight Limit
11 Pounds
6.6 Pounds
1 Pounds
Rating
Best Overall
Brand
Joby GorillaPod 5K
Product
JOBY GorillaPod 5K Kit. Professional Tripod 5K...
Material
Aluminum
Weight Limit
11 Pounds
Rating
Price
Best for the Money
Brand
Joby GorillaPod 3K
Product
Joby JB01507 GorillaPod 3K Kit. Compact Tripod 3K...
Material
ABS
Weight Limit
6.6 Pounds
Rating
Price
Best Cheap Pick
Brand
Joby GorillaPod 500
Product
JOBY GorillaPod 500: A Compact, Flexible Tripod...
Material
ABS Plastic, Stainless steel, TPE, Aluminum
Weight Limit
1 Pounds
Rating
Price

Here's a quick recap of our top recommended flexible tripods listed in this article. In this table, we've also included an overview of their top features.

ProductMaximum Load Capacity (Pounds)Weight (Pounds)Dimensions (Inches)
Joby GorillaPod 5K111.62.56 x 2.56 x 14.96
Joby GorillaPod 3K6.60.92.36 x 2.56 x 12.01
Joby GorillaPod 50010.21.57 x 1.57 x 8.07
Joby GorillaPod 1K2.20.41.97 x 1.97 x 9.84
Joby GorillaPod Magnetic 3250.70.11.4 x 6.69 x 1.4

Best Overall Flexible Tripod: Joby GorillaPod 5K

The Joby GorillaPod 5K is a distinguished flexible tripod due to the inclusion of an Arca-type quick release plate that is compatible with most professional gear. 

JOBY GorillaPod 5K Kit. Professional Tripod 5K...

It has an excellent maximum load capacity of 11 pounds. This makes it ideal for LED lights, mirrorless cameras, and professional DSLRs, and the best overall on our list. 

The Joby GorillaPod 5K comes with a 5K ball head to form a versatile and flexible support system. This system gives you explicit control over the angle and direction of your camera. 

Like the Joby GorillaPod Magnetic 325, the legs come with joints. The joints allow you to bend them to reduce the height or wrap them around objects such as rails and trees. The result is enhanced functionality in uneven grounds. 

With a height of 15.2 inches, it is compact enough to allow carrying in a backpack. However, the weight is not impressive for carrying in your pocket, as it weighs one pound, 0.9 pounds heavier than the Joby GorillaPod Magnetic 325. 

It comes with a ⅜-16 inches thread adapter, which you can remove to access the ¼-20 inches screw, allowing you to attach your equipment directly to the stand. You can also use the ball-head to enhance the shooting performance. 

The feet and the joints are rubberized in some areas to enhance stability and grip on unstable surfaces such as smooth floors or slippery grounds. To improve the overall tripod stability and durability, the rest of its body features a proprietary ABS plastic and metal construction.

Pros

  • It has the highest load capacity on our list
  • The height is ideal for situations with obscuring objects
  • It comes with a quick-release plate for easy attaching and detaching

Cons

  • It’s the heaviest on our list and unsuitable for carrying
  • The height is unsuitable for carrying in a handbag
JOBY GorillaPod 5K Kit. Professional Tripod 5K...
  • Flexible: Grip it, wrap it, stand it, wrappable legs allow you to secure professional camera...
  • Efficient: Arca-Swiss system compatible quick release plate stays connected to camera for instant...
  • Accurate: Numbered scale on base lets you accurately repeat 360 Degree pans, secondary knob locks...

Best Flexible Tripod for the Money: Joby GorillaPod 3K

The Joby GorillaPod 3K pairs the stand with the ball head to form a versatile and impressively flexible support system. The ball head allows you to have complete and precise control over the angle and direction of your camera. 

Joby JB01507 GorillaPod 3K Kit. Compact Tripod 3K...

It comes with a quick-release plate that enhances the attaching and detaching of the camera. The Joby GorillaPod 3K also features several joints in its legs, allowing you to wrap it around trees or other objects. This significantly enhances its use on uneven surfaces or grounds. 

Although the maximum load capacity of 6.6 pounds is less impressive than that of the Joby GorillaPod 5K, it can reliably hold mid-sized DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and portable lights. 

Besides, it features a compact construction with a height of 9.4 inches, which facilitates carrying when traveling and storage when not in use. It weighs 0.9 pounds, lightweight enough to carry around, unlike the Joby GorillaPod 500 which is a bit heavier. 

Also, some parts of the feet and the joints are rubberized to help improve stability and grip, making it safe on smooth or slippery surfaces. The rest of the tripod body features an ABS plastic and stainless steel construction which provides stable performance and durability. 

At the top, it features a ⅜-16 inches thread adapter and removing it reveals a ¼-20 inches screw geared to enhance gear attachment. It also comes with an optional ball head to enhance the shooting experience.

Pros

  • It has a better maximum load than Joby GorillaPod 1K 
  • The ball head gives you precise control of the angle and direction
  • It can hold mics, flashes, and other accessories, making it suitable for all shooting needs

Cons

  • Although lighter than Joby GorillaPod 5K, the weight is still not convenient for carrying in a backpack
  • The maximum load capacity is less than 11 pounds in Joby GorillaPod 5K
Sale
Joby JB01507 GorillaPod 3K Kit. Compact Tripod 3K...
  • Flexible: Grip it, wrap it or stand it, wrappable legs allow you to secure professional camera...
  • Precise: 360 Degrees panning bed and 90 Degrees tilt and bubble level for optimal position control
  • Modular: Works with JOBY pro-level accessories, including grip tight pro mounts, GorillaPod arms and...

Best Cheap Flexible Tripod: Joby GorillaPod 500

With a maximum load capacity of 1.1 pounds, the Joby GorillaPod 500 is capable of supporting your video lights and point-and-shoot cameras. It’s, therefore, more reliable than the Joby GorillaPod Magnetic 325. 

JOBY GorillaPod 500: A Compact, Flexible Tripod...

It comes with a stainless steel ball head that allows a 90 degrees tilt, making it ideal for portrait photography, FaceTime, and selfies landscape mode. Like the Joby GorillaPod 1K, it comes with a ¼-20 inches screw, allowing you to attach your camera or video lights securely. 

You can use its ball head to enhance the shooting performance. The tripod body features a proprietary ABS plastic construction to improve stability while maintaining portability. However, the ABS plastic construction without metal reinforcement like the Joby GorillaPod 5K negatively impacts its durability. 

Thanks to the several joints in the legs, the tripod is impressively flexible and can wrap around tree branches and railings. This flexibility gives you precise composition control and unlimited angles. 

Moreover, the feet and the joints are equipped with rubber materials to improve grip, especially when using it on smooth surfaces such as slippery floors. It weighs 0.2 pounds, making it the second most lightweight on our list and suitable for carrying in your handbag, backpack, or pocket. 

Also, its compact dimensions of 1.57 x 1.57 x 8.07 inches significantly enhance portability, as you can pack it in a backpack.

Pros

  • The leg joints allow precise composition control and unlimited angles
  • It comes with rubberized feet, which enhances grip on smooth surfaces
  • It’s lightweight enough to carry in a handbag, backpack, or pocket

Cons

  • Unlike Joby GorillaPod 5K, it lacks metal reinforcement, making it less reliable and durable
  • Unlike Joby GorillaPod Magnetic 325, it lacks magnets to secure it on metal objects, limiting its versatility 
JOBY GorillaPod 500: A Compact, Flexible Tripod...
  • Flexible: Flexible legs wrap around objects for unlimited angles and precise composition control
  • Modern: New stainless steel reinforced ballhead with 90° tilt, perfect for shooting in portrait or...
  • Versatile: Mount point-and-shoot cameras, lighting, microphone, Pico projector, action cam, speaker,...

Best Versatile Flexible Tripod: Joby GorillaPod 1K

The Joby GorillaPod 1K is ideal for LED lights, flashes, and compact mirrorless cameras. It includes a 1K ball head, which offers an impressive tilt of 90 degrees, and a smooth pan of 360 degrees, allowing you to precisely position the camera. 

Joby JB01503 GorillaPod 1K Kit. Compact Tripod 1K...

Also, it comes with a control knob that allows you effortlessly lock your positioning into place. With its versatile legs, you will shoot unique perspectives that are impossible with a normal tripod. 

Typically, the legs can bend and flex around various objects such as tree branches, car mirrors, and railings. Like the Joby GorillaPod 3K, the feet and the leg joints feature a rubberized grip ring, enhancing stable performance on uneven and smooth grounds. 

Besides, the legs can twist 360 degrees, and you can use them as a handgrip for videos and selfies. However, unlike the Joby GorillaPod 3K, it comes with a maximum load capacity of 2.2 pounds, which may not suit heavy mirrorless cameras. 

Although the load capacity is not impressive, it’s lightweight and more compact than Joby GorillaPod 5K, making it ideal for carrying. It features an ABS plastic and stainless steel construction to facilitate its stability. 

It comes with a ¼-20 inches mounting screw, allowing you to attach most of your photography equipment directly without using a ball head. You can also use the ball head to improve the shooting experience.

Pros

  • It features an impressive tilt of 90 degrees, suitable for portraits
  • It comes with a control knob allowing you to lock your camera into position
  • It features a rubberized grip ring to improve stability

Cons

  • Its maximum load capacity is not ideal for heavy equipment unlike the Joby GorillaPod 5K
  • Unlike the Joby GorillaPod 5K, it doesn’t come with a quick-release plate for easy attaching and detaching of cameras
Sale
Joby JB01503 GorillaPod 1K Kit. Compact Tripod 1K...
  • Flexible:  Grip it.  Wrap it.  Stand it.  Wrappable legs allow you to secure professional camera...
  • Versatile:  Mount mirrorless cameras, flashes, speakers, video lights or any device weighing less...
  • Portable:  Compact & lightweight for easy transport in pocket, handbag or backpack

Best Lightweight Flexible Tripod: Joby GorillaPod Magnetic 325

The Joby GorillaPod Magnetic 325 is a versatile and compact flexible tripod, an ideal option for stabilizing your camera even on metal objects. It’s distinguished by the neodymium magnets on its feet, allowing it to stick securely to different metal objects, further enhancing its usage in real estate photography. 

JOBY GorillaPod Magnetic 325: A Magnetic Tripod...

The flexible legs are equipped with joints that allow you to wrap them around objects such as tree branches and rails. However, it comes with a maximum load capacity of 0.7 pounds, making it less reliable in supporting heavy mirrorless cameras than the Joby GorillaPod 3K. 

It features a small ball head that tilts easily for 90 degrees, allowing you to easily change between portrait and landscape orientations. It comes with a standard ¼-20 inches screw for easy attaching of your compatible gear that doesn’t exceed the maximum load capacity, including small lights and point-and-shoot cameras. 

Among other materials, the construction includes proprietary ABS plastic and stainless steel which makes it reliable and safe. To further enhance safety and stability during use, it comes with rubberized foot grips and a rubberized ring for maximum grip, especially on smooth and slippery grounds. 

Unlike the Joby GorillaPod 3K, the Joby GorillaPod Magnetic 325 is impressively lightweight as it weighs 0.1 pounds. This makes it convenient for carrying as you move from one property to another.

Pros

  • Unlike the other in our list, it comes with neodymium magnets on its feet, allowing you to secure it on metal objects
  • The legs are impressively flexible, allowing you to wrap them around objects for better shooting performance
  • It’s the most lightweight on our list, allowing you to carry in a backpack or pocket

Cons

  • The maximum load capacity is less reliable when using heavy DSLRs
  • The small ball head may not be compatible with some mirrorless cameras
Sale
JOBY GorillaPod Magnetic 325: A Magnetic Tripod...
  • Evolved: New stainless steel reinforced ball head with 90° tilt is perfect for shooting in portrait...
  • Stable: Super strong magnetic feet adhere securely to all types of metal objects while flexible leg...
  • Flexible: Frictional ball head allows quick position changes while flexible legs wrap around objects...
Camera on top of a flexible tripod with a laptop beside it

Conclusion

When choosing a tripod for your camera, you will want one flexible enough to adapt to different capturing angles and have a wide range of motion. Although identifying the right one may be challenging, any of the tripods from the above list will suit your real estate photography goals.

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