Goofoto Mini Phone Tripod

There are a vast number of octopus style mini tripods but this one is better than most and at £15.99 will certainly not break the bank. It has more of a quality feel to it, more like a serious piece of kit rather than something bought from a market stall.

In the box were the tripod itself, phone mount, smartphone adapter, and a Bluetooth remote control. No user guide was included. Build quality seems fine and as good as you can expect for the price.

The sturdy tripod legs are fully flexible and completely waterproof with a tough anti-slip rubber skin, a big improvement on the plastic tiles too often used. The camera mount is a standard ball and socket type which will firmly hold any small to medium-sized camera or phone with a standard 1/4 inch mounting screw thread. There is no quick release plate here which is probably no bad thing as the small sized ones are usually poorly made and unstable. The included smartphone clamp takes phones between 2.2″ to 3.4″ wide and I was pleased to see the smartphone clamp has threads for horizontal and verticle mounting. The tripod can support weights up to 1500g, enough for a DSLR with a medium telephoto lens in place.

The octopus style legs can be bent and folded to almost any position to allow the tripod to be clamped to any object they can fold around. The legs can be quickly folded together to serve as a handgrip for a mounted camera. Due to their size, they are a little stiffer to use than some others but the rubber skin and thicker core ultimately give them a firmer grip when in place. The sealed skin on the legs means there is no danger of water getting inside, as often happens with lesser rivals. The inner core is made from aluminium alloy for strength and additional corrosion protection.

Included in the box is a small Bluetooth remote control unit with a power switch on the side and two control buttons on the front. It was quick and easy to pair to the two phones I tested it with, although all I could get it to do was to adjust the audio volume on the phones. Possibly the missing user guide might have helped but I could not get it to fire the shutter on either phone.

This is a well made mini tripod that comes with all the adapters you are likely to need and is a step up from the no-name budget rivals which cannot last the course. For the budget price seems a decent buy.

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