If you’re looking for a tripod alternative then you’ve found it in the OctoPad.
The OctoPad is a new kind of tripod that is cheaper, smaller, and more portable than traditional tripods. The OctoPad is also so versatile.
The way it works is that it is a weighted tripod that comes with one solid foam bottom, instead of three legs or a suction cup bottom that you can find in the photography tripod you likely already own. If you own a lot of photography gear, then you may recognize this type of a bottom from other audio equipment. However, the OctoPad’s grip is seriously strong.
While this new kind of tripod is cheaper and smaller than a traditional videography tripod, it works much better. Whereas a tripod with a suction cup bottom may become loose, or a tripod with three legs may tip over, the OctoPad works excellently on slanted surfaces because you can be sure it won’t fall over and damage your equipment.
This new kind of tripod is also just as versatile as any other inexpensive tripod you may own because it comes with a ¼” thread that allows you to hook up your smartphone, DSLR or mirrorless camera, microphones, and lighting.
As I mentioned, this new kind of tripod is cheaper than even a really inexpensive tripod.
The OctoPad is currently available on Adorama for $27. You definitely can’t find a full-sized tripod for this price, and it even beats the price point of many mini-tripods that definitely won’t work as well as the OctoPad.
Additionally, the OctoPad comes with a 90-day warranty, which means you have a whole 3 months to use and abuse it to figure out whether it will really do the job you need it to do. Mini-tripods in the $20 range definitely don’t come with the same types of protections.
This new kind of tripod is also much smaller than other tripods. It weighs 1.6 lbs and is 6.5 inches in diameter.
The base of the OctoPad and the ball head of the OctoPad are removable. This means that you can make it even smaller if you need to for portability. I have had this come in handy on multiple occasions when I needed to fit just a few more pieces of gear into my carry on bag.
While mini-tripods can be really light, they are usually quite bulky. Most of them can’t contract any further than pulling in their legs, which leaves you scrambling to fit an 8” piece of metal in your camera bag. I would personally prefer something a little bit heavier that works better and is more condesible any day.
It’s Just as Versatile
The OctoPad can be used for your audio equipment, your video equipment, your photo equipment, and your mobile equipment.
For your audio equipment, the OctoPad functions as an easy way to keep your microphone exactly where you need it to be so that you can be hands free while you are trying to shoot your video. This is especially helpful when you need to record audio of your subject while shooting a wider angle of them.
For your video equipment, the OctoPad can carry incredibly heavy video monitors, cameras, lights, and even GoPros. It’s also versatile because you can use your existing tripod mounts on the ball head of the OctoPad so you don’t even need to make any additional purchases.
For your photo equipment, the OctoPad can carry just about any camera. It’s a great way to take selfies or vlogs while also remaining hand free.