With the Canon G7X being an extremely popular entry-level vlogging camera amongst the vlogging community, it should be no surprise that we see so many people reaching out for advice on what the best Gorillapod for Canon G7X cameras is. In our opinion, the Gorillapod is probably the most popular camera accessory for vloggers and the great performance, solid build quality, and low price tag of Gorillapods has made them a very popular product that many people choose to use.
Now, over the last few months, we have noticed more and more people reaching out and asking for advice on using the Canon G7X with a Gorillapod so we have decided to make it the subject of today’s article. We have posted a few articles going over some other popular G7X camera accessories that have gone down well so we feel that some of our readers who own the G7X may be able to benefit from this article too.
Now, one of the main reasons that we see people reaching out is due to the fact that there are actually a number of different Gorillapods in the Joby range now that all have their own strengths and weaknesses. Thankfully, with the Canon G7X being such a small, lightweight point and shoot camera, you can almost always get away with using their cheaper tripods without running into issues.
In our opinion, the Gorillapod 1k is going to be the best option for the vast majority of our readers who use the G7X as it is more than capable of meeting your needs while providing some excellent image stabilization without you having to break the bank. It is a very popular option amongst vloggers and over the years, has managed to earn itself one of the best reputations of the Gorillapod range amongst the community and it just keeps getting more and more popular.
That said though, there are three tripods in the Joby Gorillapod range that could be considered the best option depending on what you need. Due to this, we have decided to feature all three of them in our comparison table below and we will spend a little time going over all three options. After that, we will be focusing on taking a more in-depth look at our primary Gorillapod recommendation for the G7X, the Gorillapod 1k and going over why we feel it is the best option for you.
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Now, the first thing that we have to point out is that there are currently three different versions of the Canon G7X on the market each with more advanced features than the last. All three variants come in with a camera payload weight of around 0.66 pounds and with the G7X point a point and shoot camera with a fitted lens, your payload capacity will rarely vairy much more than this, especially for the first two variants of the G7X.
That said though, the latest version of the camera, the Canon G7X Mark III comes with an external microphone input meaning you can add an external microphone to your camera rig as required to help improve the audio quality of your videos. Now, most people will usually opt to for an external microphone like the Rode Video Micro as it is very lightweight, cheap, and provides excellent audio quality but some people do choose to go with heavier microphones.
So, moving on to our first featured Gorillapod for the Canon G7X, the Gorillapod 500 with its maximum load capacity of 1.10 Pounds. This can be ideal if you are using the first or second generation of the G7X camera body as the maximum load capacity of your rig will always be around 0.66 pounds meaning that the tripod can easily support it.
Since its release onto the market, the Gorillapod 500 has managed to earn itself a great reputation amongst the community as it is so cheap and offers some solid image stabilization. That said though, the Gorillapod 500 is one of their entry-level tripods and is not as robust as the other two tripods we are featuring. If you are into something like travel vlogging then the wear and tear can definatley have an effect on the Gorillapod 500 and weaken it in a relatively short period of time and potentially put your camera at risk, this is why it is not our primary recommendation.
Next up we have our go-to recommendation for your G7X, the Gorillapod 1k that we feel is going to be the best option for the vast majority of our readers. At the time of writing and depending on the retailer you purchase it from, the 1k is only around $5 more than the 500 but it offers so much more bang for your buck that we feel it is a mistake not to take this option.
Not only does it offer a maximum load capacity of 2.2 pounds of camera payload weight meaning that it is ideal for the Canon G7X mark iii even with some heavy external microphones mounted to it but it is also made from better materials to increase its toughness. If you are involved in travel vlogging or anything else where your gear is being packed up and moved around on a regular basis, the different in toughness really shows and the Gorillapod 1k holds its structural integrity much better than the 500 keeping your camera safe when mounted.
Our third and final featured option is the Gorillapod 3k and in all honesty, we would not recommend this for use with the Canon G7X but many vloggers who use the G7X choose to go with it so we decided to feature it. Not only is it more expensive but the 6.6 maximum load capacity of the 3k is definatley overkill for a camera as light as the G7X.
The only time that we would recommend that you go with the Gorillapod 3k over the Gorillapod 1k is if you know for a fact that you are going to be upgrading from your Canon G7X to something like the Canon m50 for the ability to switch your lenses as required. The Gorillapod 3k is the best option for the m50 and can easily support the weight of the vast majority of m50 rigs with ease. This means that you are able to futureproof your Gorillapod purchase for when you upgrade to your heavier camera body while still using it with your G7X until your new camera arrives.
That brings us to the end of our comparison between our three featured Gorillapods and as we mentioned earlier in the article, we will now be moving onto a more in-depth look at our primary recommendation, the Gorillapod 1k and why we feel that it should be your tripod of choice for your G7X.
Performance And Functionality
That said though if you are traveling light then you can take advantage of the quarter-inch mounting thread on the tripod for more than just your Canon G7X too. Provided that it is under the 2.2-pound maximum load capacity then you can also use the Gorillapod 1k as a stable mount for lighting units, microphones as well as other popular camera accessories while vlogging into your camera when holding it in your hand.
The balancing process for the Gorillapod is extremely easy too due to the legs being so flexible and easy to adjust rather than the rigid legs on a traditional tripod. If you are brand new to using a tripod with your G7X then this really plays into your advantage as it ensures that you can quickly and easily balance your tripod as well as get confirmation that your rig is level from the bubble level on the Gorillapod 1K head unit.
The rubber feet on the base of the legs of the tripod also ensure that it can easily get a firm and secure grip on wet, slippy or uneven surfaces. If you are doing something like travel vlogging then this is another great feature of the Gorillapod 1k as it ensures that you can always get a level base for your camera body while out and about.
Moving away from the traditional tripod uses, the Gorillapod range also excels at handheld use when vlogging or taking selfies of yourself. Being able to quickly and easily group the three legs together and then bend the legs as required to get the optimal camera positioning to vlog yourself. Another great thing about the legs of the Gorillapod range is that their legs are so flexible that you can easily wrap them around branches or poles on your travels to secure your Canon G7X to anything that you have available.
The Gorillapod 1k also features a ball head with a 360° panning bed to allow you to quickly and easily pan your G7X while mounted to it. This ensures that you can quickly and easily capture panoramic photographs or slow pan video footage with ease to document the landscapes you see in all their glory. The head also offers a 90° tilt feature to allow you to easily switch your G7X from landscape to portrait orientation within seconds.
If you are a social media influencer then you are probably aware that some platforms like YouTube do better with landscape content whereas sites like Instagram tend to do better with portrait content. With the Gorillapod 1k being able to switch between the two within seconds you can capture the sights you see in both orientations for different platforms without having to waste time.
When you take all of this into account as well as the fact that most retailers sell the Gorillapod 1K for around $30, it really is not surprising that the tripod has been such a massive hit with the community. Additionally, many of the people who use it have chosen to post their own independent, glowing reviews of their experiences online that you can read. They offer some excellent insight into its performance from people who have used the tripod for a long period of time as their go-to source of image stabilization.
Build Quality And Design
Considering that the dimensions of the Gorillapod 1k are 2 x 2 x 9.8 Inches with a weight of 0.43 pounds it offers a very impressive maximum load capacity. On top of this, its build quality is extremely tough and it can hold up to a surprising amount of punishment considering its small size. This is one of the main reasons that we would always recommend the Gorillapod 1k over the 500 as it is much tougher.
Although a few compeating brands have tried to release compeating tripods with the same type of design as the Gorillapod range over the years, to date, none have managed to hold their own and actually take a market share away from the Joby range. This is largely due to the superior build quality and performance that the Gorillapod range offers over their competition.
That brings our article going over what we feel is the best Gorillapod for Canon G7X cameras to an end. We hope that we have done a good job of explaining why we feel that the Gorillapod 1k is your best option as well as why each of the other two tripods covered at the start of the article can also be used effectively with the G7X. If you are yet to make your mind up about the Gorillapod you want to add to your collection of camera accessories then you should consider reading some of these independent reviews as they offer some great insight into Gorillapods and their performance and image stabilization capabilities.