At the time of writing, the Canon m50 is one of the most popular vlogging cameras around and its core customer base just keeps on growing and growing at an almost exponential rate. This is largely due to the excellent launch that the m50 had due to many vloggers simply upgrading from their Canon G7X or Sony RX100 to the m50 due to it offering the ability to switch out your camera lenses as well as a number of other benefits.
Now, as you would expect from such a popular camera with a large community of vloggers behind it, we often see people reaching out and asking for advice on what the best Gorillapod for Canon m50 cameras on the market is. This is not surprising as the Gorillapod is pretty much considered to be an essential vlogging camera accessory and is one of the first things vloggers purchase for a new camera. Due to wanting to try and help as many of our readers as possible, we have decided to focus on this for today’s article and go over our thoughts on the various suitable Gorillapod that can mount your m50.
Now, there are four main options from the current Joby Gorillapod range that are suitable for your Canon m50. In our opinion, one is close to useless, two can be ideal depending on your setup, and one is overkill depending on your future plans. Our of these four, we feel that the GorillaPod 3K is probably the best option as it offers great functionality, solid image stabilization, and a decent load capacity all for a low price.
Since its release onto the market, the GorillaPod 3K has gone from strength to strength and built a massive customer base for itself. Due to being such a good product, the tripod has managed to earn itself a great reputation amongst vloggers that just keeps on getting better and better. This is why we feel the GorillaPod 3K is your best option and should seriously be considered for your m50.
Now, as usual, we want to present our readers with a few options so as usual, we have our comparison table below going over the four different Gorillapods comparing some of their key features. Below that, we have a short break down for each of the featured tripods going into the situations where each option is ideal to try and offer specific advice to get you your best option. After that we will be taking a more in-depth look at our primary recommendation, the GorillaPod 3K to go into why we feel it is your best option.
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Now, you have to keep in mind that your own camera setup payload weight is going to come into play when looking for the a Gorillapod for your Canon m50. The m50 camera body itself comes in at around 0.85 pounds without any other camera accessories mounted to it. Then many people will be using a decent vlogging lens (our article on the best vlogging lens for the Canon m50) like the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 that comes in at 0.49 pounds. Then most vloggers will also be using a microphone like the Rode Video Micro that comes in at around 0.1 pounds. This means that you are looking at having a payload weight of around 1.44 pounds that could be potentially higher if you use other camera accessories too.
As you can see from our comparison table above, the entry-level GorillaPod 500 can only support the camera payloads of up to 1.10 Pounds meaning it will not be able to support the vast majority of Canon m50 vlogging rigs. If you use a very lightweight pancake lens then you may be able to get away with it but in our opinion, the image quality will suffer due to the lens option.
Next up we have what we consider to be the first viable option for a Canon m50, the GorillaPod 1k that is able to support a maximum load capacity of around 2.2 pounds of camera payload weight. As we usually recommend that you only ever use around eighty percent of the listed load capacity, it still offers 1.76 pounds of load capacity and can take a regular vlogging setup for your m50.
Although the GorillaPod 1k does have an excellent reputation with vloggers most people who use it run with lighter cameras like the RX100 or G7X. In our opinion, the GorillaPod 1k is too restrictive for the Canon m50 and rally limits the number of camera accessories you can use with it as well as offers zero future-proofing.
Next up, we have our primary recommendation, the GorillaPod 3K that can support a massive maximum load capacity of 6.6 Pounds! In addition to this, the GorillaPod 3K really is not that much more expensive than the GorillaPod 1k considering you get so much more bang for your buck.
You can also mount heavier lenses or microphones to your m50 when needed too or mount additional camera accessories while still use the same Gorillapod. On top of this, if you plan to upgrade to a heavier DSLR camera like the Canon 80d in the future then the GorillaPod 3K has you covered and this is why it is our primary recommendation.
The final option is the GorillaPod 5K that offers a massive 11 Pounds of maximum load capacity and in our opinion, this is way too much for even the heaviest of vlogging rigs and not worth the additional price. We know that some people do use the GorillaPod 5K for vlogging with lighter cameras like the Canon m50 but in our opinion, you should just be going with the GorillaPod 3K and saving the extra money.
Performance And Functionality
Common uses for the Gorillapod range from holding it with your Canon m50 mounted to it for those regular hand-held vlogging shots, wrapping the legs of your Gorillapod around objects such as trees or street lights and even more difficult terrain if you need a static location to mount your m50, and regular tripod usages such as supporting your m50 while sitting on a table or other flat surface.
The rubberized foot grips on the base of the Gorillapods legs are anti-slip ensuring that your m50 is kept safe and supported on wet or slippy surfaces too. If you are a travel vlogger or working in a niche where you are unlikely to always have ideal conditions to vlog in, this can really help to keep your camera safe during use.
As we mentioned earlier, the GorillaPod 3K offers a maximum load capacity of 6.6 pounds of total camera payload weight meaning that it can easily support the vast majority of Canon m50 rigs you could ever dream up. On the flip side of this, the small size and lightweight of the tripod also means that you can easily pack it in your luggage for traveling around without having to risk going over your luggage allowance.
Another solid feature of the Gorillapod range is that they are so easy to balance due to their legs being so flexible and easy to adjust to get your m50 level prior to use. Even if you are brand new to using a tripod you can quickly and easily balance the rig within seconds without running into any issues. Additionally, the GorillaPod 3K also has a bubble level on its head to make the whole process even easier to ensure that your m50 is as level as possible during use.
When you take all of this into account as well as the face that the GorillaPod 3K is currently only around the $40 mark depending on retailer, it really is not suprising that it has proven to be such a hit with the community. On top of this, so many people who own the GorillaPod 3K have chosen to post their own independent reviews of the tripod that offer some great insight into its performance and how easy the system actually is to use.
User Interface And Control System
The only real adjustable part of the GorillaPod 3K it the ball lock to adjust the angle of the head of the tripod and it is extremely easy to use and straight forward to understand. The nut itself is very easy to rotate as needed while also offering a firm and secure hold once tightened to help keep your Canon m50 as safe as possible while mounted.
One common issue that some people may have with other tripods is that they can sometimes be a pain to balance due to their rigid legs. As we mentioned in the section above though, the fully adjustable leg sections on a Gorillapod avoid this problem and ensure that you can quickly and easily balance the tripod on pretty much any surface that you can think of. The fitted bubble level allows you to quickly and easily check that your rig is level prior to actually recording too and most compeating tripods at this price point in the market don’t even offer a bubble level to try and keep costs as low as possible.
Build Quality And Design
As so many people use the Canon m50 and Gorillapod for tasks such as travel vlogging, the 2.4 x 2.6 x 12-inch dimensions of the GorillaPod 3K, as well as its low weight of only 0.86 pounds, makes it easy to pack and store when not in use. If you are out and about in a new location sightseeing, strapping a small and light Gorillapod to your backpack is much easier than using a traditional tripod.
We are pleased to see that Joby has stuck to their original core values with these next-generation Gorillapod that include the GorillaPod 3K. Considering the small size, lightweight, and flexibility of the tripod, it really is impressive that it is able to support a maximum load capacity of 6.6 pounds with ease.
That brings our article going over what we feel is the best Gorillapod for Canon m50 cameras to a close. As we have mentioned earlier in the article, some of our readers who use the Canon m50 may be able to get away with using the GorillaPod 1k provided that their total camera setup has a payload of under 1.76 pounds. That said though, we would highly recommend that our readers try to find the additional $20 or so and go with the GorillaPod 3K instead as it is more suitable for a camera like the Canon m50.
The GorillaPod 3K can support pretty much any m50 setup that you could ever dream up with ease and in our opinion can make a great addition to your camera accessories and provide you with some solid image stabilization. If you are still on the fence about the GorillaPod 3K and yet to make your mind up then we would recommend that you spend a little time reading some of these third-party reviews of the tripod as they offer some excellent independent insight into its performance.
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