N8 Camera Tripod Review

A phone tripod is a must-have if you make time-lapse videos and can be useful for long-exposure shots and bracketing. During the last days I had the chance to test a tripod gadget for mobile phones from MobileFun who offer Nokia N8 accessories. The tripod is around 19 Euros plus shipping and made in China.

Technical Details

  • Clip height from 5.5 to 6.5 cm
  • Clip width: 2 cm
  • 360° movement joint
  • Foot stand length: 10 to 16.5 cm
  • Weight: 85 g

First Impression

My first impressions of the tripod which arrived by standard postal mail were that it is very light-weight (85g) but also that it looks a little bit fragile.

The tripod provides a foot stand length of 10 cm which can be extended to 16.5 cm.

 The phone holder is mounted to the foot stand with a standard photo connector so theoretically a normal camera can be mounted instead of the phone clip.

The tripod allows 360° rotation and vertical tilt around a movement joint.

The camera holding clip supports phone widths of 5.5 to 6.5 cm. A Nokia 5800 XM and a Nokia C3 are a little bit loose while the Nokia N8 fits quite well. The Samsung Galaxy S is almost too big for the clip and it requires some strength to drag it into the clip. The Blackberry Curve 8900 is too big for the holder.

Pros and Cons

The  following (subjective) pros and cons are the result of extensive testing of the tripod with a Nokia N8.

Pros

  • Very lightweight design
  • Fast mounting of phone
  • Ideal to take time-lapse videos

Cons

  • Fragile
  • The phone holder does not realy fix the phone
  • The movement joint is too weak for the phone's weight
  • Over-priced

Conclusion

The tripod is a nice, but a little over-priced, gadget for situations were an absolutely still camera is advantageous, such as time-lapse videos, bracketing, or macro shots. Its light weight makes it an ideal companion for bike-, and hicking trips. The biggest disadvantage of the tripod is its fragility - even small manipulations on the phone lead to position changes of the holding clip because the movement joint is not strong enough for the phone's weight.