Best Tripod for Vlogging! (SwitchPod Review)


– Are you looking for the
best tripod for vlogging? Whether you vlog with a DSLR, an iPhone, or pretty much any other camera out there, we’re gonna take a look
at the new SwitchPod, which could definitely be your answer. (upbeat music) Hey, it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video. Where we help you amplify your business and brand with video. If you’re new here, make sure you click that subscribe button. And all the links to everything
we mention in this video, you can find linked in
the description box below. So, let’s jump into it. Now, when it comes to vlogging tripods, there really hasn’t
been a ton of innovation in the market to date. And it’s really surprising given
the popularity of vlogging, and the fact that the requirements of you to carry around a tripod, and to better film
yourself at the same time, and the flexibility in that, really doesn’t match how
traditional tripods are built. Most vloggers result to options
like the JOBY GorillaPod, which is a flexible tripod
that can be adjusted for carry-around use. But it’s also super clunky to switch back to a more static tripod
to set it up on a desk, or on a flat surface. A couple of friends of ours, Caleb Wojcik from DIY Video Guy, and Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income, recognize that there was a problem and they came up with their own solution. The SwitchPod. It’s a purpose-built vlog tripod that’s designed to be
portable, travel-friendly, and easily switched between
carry-around and set-down modes. After checking it out for ourselves, it’s clear that these
guys have put together a really great option
for a lot of their users, whether they’re vlogging or not. And no matter if you’re
using DSLR point-and-shoot, or even just your smartphone. So, on this video, I am
gonna run through my thoughts on the SwitchPod and
everything you need to know to decide if it’s the
right option for you. And, while we’re taking a look, let me know down in the comments what’s your go-to tripod
for traveling or vlogging. I’d love to hear. All right, so as we go through, I am gonna be comparing it to the current vlogging tripod king, the JOBY GorillaPod, to give you a bit of context as to where the SwitchPod stands out, and also where it may be a better option for specific-use cases. All right, so the SwitchPod
is super lightweight. It’s incredibly strong, and it easily switches between
vlogging mode, or hand-held, to expanded mode to set it down. Now, this one of the
biggest stand-out features with the SwitchPod, and it can actually
transition with the tripod between the two different modes single-handedly and super fast. Comparing that to the GorillaPod
with it’s flexible legs, which is really clunky, and really needs two hands
to pull each leg out, and it takes a little bit of time to transition between the two modes. Between holding it and
placing it down somewhere. Now, over time, those flexible
legs on the GorillaPod do lose their strength
and end up slipping. So with the design of the SwitchPod, you’ve really got no
chance of this happening. The SwitchPod is really
comfortable to hold, and has purpose-built hand
grips or hand placement marks, all the way up the legs, which
make it comfortable to hold. But also make it really easy to hold and balance the camera on there. Compare that to the JOBY, which isn’t purpose-built for this at all, is not comfortable to hold, and it’s really not designed
to be used this way. There’s a screw section under the head where you mount your cameras, allowing you to easily tighten or loosen your camera on there, so you’re able to get
it on or off quickly. And it also removes the need to carry any tools or
screwdrivers or anything, with you to be able to have that option. On the bottom side of the GorillaPod, you’ve got a flat screw section. Meaning, if you want to
tighten everything up, to make everything stable, then you’re going to need a screwdriver to be able to do that. Just like on the GorillaPod, the SwitchPod has little
rubber sections on the feet. So, it’s gonna be nice and soft
when you’re putting it down. But, also, so you’re not
gonna scratch any surfaces if you’re moving this around. But they’ve also added magnet in the legs to keep them stuck together, either when you’re not using it or when you want to use
it in hand-held mode. And they’ve also added
mounting points on the legs, which you could use to
mount a microphone, a light, or really any other accessory. In regards to the
downsides, or what it’s not. It’s not as flexible. Meaning that if you do
want to hang it in a tree or wrap it around a pole or put it in a really uneven surface, then it’s not gonna do as good a job as something like the JOBY. For the vast majority of vloggers, this isn’t gonna be a big issue. Just like with the JOBY, if you’re gonna be mounting
it on uneven surfaces, then you could attach
a ball head to the top for greater control, for
leveling and everything, while you’re shooting. But even with that, I’ll
tell you for most people, you’re probably not even
gonna need the ball head with the SwitchPod tripod. So looking at pricing then, the JOBY GorillaPod sells for
around the $90 price point, for the 5k model, which is the
strong one, the popular one. The SwitchPod’s gonna be
selling for under $100. I’m pretty sure it’s gonna be
in the range of 80 to $100. So, who would I recommend this for, and for what use cases. Obviously, if you’re doing vlogging then you seriously need to consider this. If you’re doing lots of traveling. If you want something that’s
portable, that’s light. Something that you can
use single-handedly. And something that’s not gonna deteriorate or lose it’s strength over time, then this is probably the tripod for you. On the flip side, if you’re someone who really likes to put your
camera in random places, and you need the
flexibility in those legs, to mount it random places, like in a tree, or round a pole or something like that, then you’re really gonna be needing something like the GorillaPod, because there’s no other tripods that are gonna to give
you that flexibility. But even in that use-case,
it’s highly likely that if you ask someone that
likes to get super creative and mount your camera
different random places, that you’re probably not
doing that all day, everyday, or for the bulk of your filming. So, it could be the case where
you consider one of each, and that way you’ve got
the best of both worlds. You’ve got something for
the bulk of your filming, for the day-to-day stuff. And then you’ve got
something that’s flexible to mount in random places. I’ll tell you, for most
people out there vlogging, the SwitchPod is gonna be where it’s at. So, big props to Caleb and Pat. I think what they’ve created here is something that is really awesome. It’s gonna be an absolute
game changer in this space. And, again, links are in
the description box below to where you can find out more. All right, it’s that time in the video where there are videos linked on screen. One of them is one that we think is going to be a great fit for you. And the other one is what
YouTube is suggesting. So, who knows what it is. I hope you like them. I’ll see you soon.

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