The Must-Have Tripod for Mobile Photographers

It folds up to the size of a credit card

Have you ever been out and about and thought to yourself, "I wish I had a tripod or stand, right now." There are tripods out there for mobile photographers but even those can become a bit cumbersome. Let's face it, the best thing about mobile photography is the ability to roam freely, snap photos, share, then repeat the process. That mobility is the key to process. Carrying around a tripod and an adapter, or even a table tripod made specifically for smart phones can defeat the mobility aspects of mobile photography.

Enter the Pocket Tripod. An iPhone tripod that is the size of a credit card?!?!

We admit, we were a bit skeptical that tripod that can fit in your wallet was any good, but we're happy to say that the Pocket Tripod is a surprisingly good accessory.

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The Unboxing

Pocket Tripod


The Pocket Tripod came and we opened up the packaging and it exceeded our expectations. Without even trying it out, we were really impressed with its size and its durable feel. The Pocket Tripod is the same size of a credit card as advertised with just a slight bump to its thickness of 2.3 mm. The instructions are very helpful.

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Portrait and Landscape Mode

Pocket Tripod in portraits mode


The Pocket Tripod starts out in its credit card form out of the box. After reviewing the instructions and also making sure that we were not missing any pieces, we began to try to open the tripod. You twist the card 180 degrees into a Starship Destroyer (for you Star Wars fans) form. From there you pop the sides up and the tripod is ready for the iPhone. The image shows what it looks like in portrait mode.

Landscape mode is also available as you would just need to twist it from its current state to 45 degrees then twist and pull apart the two sides. Once separated you can now place your iPhone in landscape mode ready to capture or use as a viewer.

Surprisingly in portrait mode, it was able to handle the weight of the iPhone. We assumed that because the iPhone was so much larger than the tripod and also in portrait mode it would be top heavy. Although it looked awkward, it really was pretty stable. In landscape mode, it handled well because it distributed the weight of the phone well.

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How Well Does It Perform?

Pocket Tripod in portrait mode against night sky



Once you have your phone in place in either mode, the best part of the Pocket Tripod lay in its tilt control. we were able to tilt at 90 degrees with no issue. Most importantly it felt secure at any angle. We spent a good few hours playing with the tripod sans iPhone just to test the hinges and it still maintained its sturdy feel. Obviously, it will not last as long as we hope it can through natural wear and tear, but that worry is squashed with the lifetime warranty that comes with the tripod. So aside from that, the tripod remained sturdy through testing. 

In either mode, we were able to change my angles for shots with no issues. The hinges were smooth with enough resistance to keep the iPhone stable.

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Different Sized Adapters That Hold Your Phone

Pocket Tripod in portrait mode with attachment



The tripod has adapters that hold your phone, which have circular rails that enable changing the angles of your shot or perspective. These adapters are made in different sizes so that you are able to decide what best fits your device

With the addition of Android devices, accommodating all of iPhone generations, and then throw in cases and bumpers, the Pocket Tripod has you covered.

We tested Pocket Tripod for iPhone 4-5-6, HTC 9-10, and Nokia Lumia 1020. With the iPhone and HTC devices, the tripod outperformed expectations. For the Lumia 1020, because of its awkward body, the tripod did what it could - which was good!

Final Word

The Pocket Tripod is a definite must-have accessory for any mobile photographer. The design's flexibility for any device and extremely compact nature are noteworthy. So too is its lifetime warranty.