Review: Cellphone Tripod and Holder

On the way to making my own book trailer and tutorial videos, I stumbled. I had an easy video camera (iPhone 4 has an HD camera), but when I tried to speak and do the video at the same time, I ran into two problems. First, it was hard to remember what I wanted to say while also filming. Second, I didn’t hold the camera perfectly steady, and the movement was distracting.

The easy fix was learning iMovie, which allowed me to do a voiceover separately from making the video. The second fix seemed easy, but had a gap–a tripod would solve the distracting movement in the camera. But the iPhone doesn’t come with a built-in tripod attachment, like a video camera.

Glif in place on the gorillapod

What I needed was a holder that secured the iPhone in place and attached it to the camera. Enter the Glif. The cleverly designed piece of plastic holds the camera securely–even if tilted–and has the universal attachment for the tripod bolt.

I wanted to show you the camera in place. To do that, I snapped the camera into the Glif. The raised corner on the right keeps the camera in place. The low rise design lets me click the shutter release. It wasn’t till I reached over to take the photo that I realized I needed another camera to take a photo of my camera. You can see the Glif in use, here. The camera can be put into the slot vertically or horizontally. You can see the slot shape, below. You always get the corner support.

You can put the camera in vertically or horizontally.

The Glif also has a kickstand application.  (The link goes to Mashable’s website–if you are any kind of a geek, it’s a site to bookmark.) The Glif was designed to multi-task. If you read or watch videos on your iPhone, you can have the Glif  hold it for you.

Bottom view, with tripod attachment showing.

I have a regular, metal, collapsible tripod from a previous, heavier video camera. The Glif works well with it. But I wanted a gorillapod, too. It’s a tripod that you can bend, wrap and morph into various shapes. It’s plastic, but stable enough for the iPhone 4.

The Glif is plastic, matte black, so as not to reflect light into our shot, and can fit in a bag.  The only drawbacks I’ve found so far is that you can’t use the Glif with a case on your phone, and you don’t want to leave the Glif on all the time–it’s not meant to replace a case. About $20.

The Gorillapod is lightweight and fits into a box that’s about 1.5 inches square and less than 7 inches tall. Available from various stores for about $18.50. I purchased them both from

–Quinn McDonald is a writer and author of the book Raw Art Journaling.