Review of the GrippIt Smartphone Tripod Mount System
A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed a product designed to provide a tripod mounting solution for the iPhone 4 called the Glif. In my review of the nifty little device, I lamented about its primary drawback – it’s form fitted to the dimensions of the iPhone 4 which means if you have a case on your iPhone 4, you first have to remove it in order to mount it to the Glif. Not long after posting my review, I was contacted by a company called PC Treasures, Inc. which sells a very similar product to the Glif called the GrippIt. PC Treasures, Inc. manufactures (among other things) several products which are useful to photographers/videographers. These products are sold separately, as well as being packaged together in a “Camera Accessory Kit” which PC Treasures sent to me:
In addition to the GripIt, the kit comes with a flexible, portable tripod called the Treefrog, a nice, portable camera & lens cleaning kit, and copies of both Adobe Premier Elements 8 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 – Adobe’s consumer level solutions for video and photo editing. It’s a nice package – my primary interest however was in the GripIt:
GrippIt is another tripod mount solution which will work with most any smartphone or other digital recording device which lacks a built in tripod mount. Essentially it’s a padded, spring-loaded clamp – just place an object in the GrippIt and clamp it down so that the padded surfaces securely hold the object in place. Here’s a photo of the GrippIt mounted to the Treefrog flexible tripod:
The device’s design makes it extremely flexible to use with any number of photo and/or video recording devices, including an iPhone 4 with a case. Here’s a photo of the GrippIt holding my iPhone 4, and mounted to the Treefrog tripod – note that it works just fine with my iPhone 4 being in a case:
If you’re looking for a tripod mounting solution to your mobile video/photo camera device, do check out the GrippIt. It can be ordered separately for just $9.95, or as part of the Camera Accessory Kit for $49.95. Many smarphones besides the iPhone 4 have really impressive video and photo capturing capabilities (Android, Nokia, Microsoft, Blackberry etc.), so this is a great option for everyone, not just iPhone users.