It’s been a few years since I purchased a proper tripod, and my new “studio” is a much smaller space than I’m used to working in. I desperately needed the versatility of a mini (tabletop) tripod, but every product available seemed too flimsy and unstable for heavy cameras. Luckily, I came across the OCTOPAD by Octopus Camera. It’s a rugged, waterproof, alternative to small tripods – and has the versatility I needed to be useful in many different environments. This is my unboxing and review of the product.
Whatup nerds? I’m Jay Shareef.
And I own a lot of tripods.
Including many that you can’t see right now.
But it’s time for an upgrade to an “Octopod”.
It’s an OctoPAD?
What’s an Octopad?
So this is going to be a much shorter video than usual.
A couple of weeks ago I was looking
for a brand new tabletop tripod.
I’ve got a very heavy camcorder,
which I use to film these videos.
And I usually put it on a standard large tripod.
But when you’re working in limited space,
like this studio-slash-spare room,
that big tripod limits where you can put the camera.
A small tripod gives you a lot more versatility.
I definitely wasn’t going to buy a Gorillapod.
I know lots of Youtubers swear
by it, but it’s weak and it’s flimsy.
And, in all honesty, all my smaller
tripods are weak and flimsy.
They’re not designed for big devices, and
there’s always a danger of them falling over
and damaging your expensive equipment.
And my research suggested that was going
to be true of pretty much all small tripods.
And then I came across something called the Octopad.
Which promises to be much more
stable and versatile than any mini tripod.
And it has arrived…
in this slightly damaged-looking
Amazon box. That can’t be good.
Let’s open it up!
Alright… knife, as usual, terrifying.
Shouldn’t let me have access to these kinds of things…
Alright, so this is it. The Octopad.
Looks kind of dusty. Who knows how
long they’ve had it in the warehouse.
It is unopened though, so that’s a positive.
Luckily, it’s packed in a way that, if
you had opened it, that would show.
Which means that once I do open
it, there’s no sending it get back!
So as you can see, it’s basically a heavy base
onto which you can put your camera,
your lights, your smartphone, a
microphone, whatever you want.
And because it’s quite weighted
it has a lower centre of gravity.
Therefore, it’s less likely to tip over.
Let’s open it up and see whether
it’s as good as it’s billed to be.
Trusty, scary knife…
…is too blunt to open the packaging!
This knife is too blunt to open the
packaging. That’s astonishing.
I’m gonna have to get a pair of scissors or something.
Oh, why do they make these
things so difficult to get into?
And you have to damage the packaging when you do.
What’s wrong with like a cardboard box?
Oh, that’s very annoying!
This is like… I’m sweating! It’s
a workout trying to open this up.
No need to go to the gym today!
Yeah I can’t fool you, can I, with that statement?
I never go to the gym.
Used to, though. Used to love going to the gym.
Right, so this is it. The Octopad. It’s
basically just a very, very heavy base.
This little ball head, that you put onto here.
And, in theory, it’s supposed to be
better than any tabletop tripod
The idea is that this has a much lower
centre of gravity than any tabletop tripod.
Which means it won’t really tip over.
It’s got this little attachment so you can take it with you
if you’re mountain climbing, or something like that.
Which we all do regularly I’m sure(!)
Then this little piece will let you attach
it to your backpack or a carabiner.
I believe that’s what it’s called.
Here is a little velcro bit, so that you can put
loose cables here and secure them in place.
I do like that.
It probably is much better, as an option, for
me than any table top tripod would have been.
So it’s supposed to have a non-slip base.
So, that once it’s on a surface, it will take a
hell of a lot to move it or make it fall over.
I mean, it is very hard to pull that along.
And, because of that, it’s supposed to be
something that you could put at an angle,
like on a rock, or a roof, or something,
and it will not slip down
Yeah, that really is quite difficult to move, and
I’m having to really force it to get it to move.
So I can believe that.
What I should do now is test it out in the real world,
and see if this works as well as advertised
Let’s take it outside!
I started with a very simple test.
Basically, putting the Octopad and my heavy
camcorder on a slightly sloping surface.
As you can see it didn’t have any trouble,
And, to be fair, neither did my GoPro mini tripod.
Next up, a bit more of a challenge.
I put both of them on the roof of my shed,
which is at about a 45 degree angle.
The camera sitting on top of the Octopad weighs about
650 grammes – that’s almost one and a half pounds.
And not for a second was I worried that it would fall.
Whereas, the GoPro would probably
have fallen over in a light breeze.
This is not at all stable!
Finally, just for fun, I decided to put
both of them on my garden swing.
Keep in mind that my heavy camcorder weighs
about eight times as much as the GoPro.
This really was taking a bit of a risk!
But there was absolutely zero chance of the Octopad slipping.
It seemed absolutely rooted in place.
And, again, to be fair, the GoPro tripod coped well.
It was slowly slipping and, after a minute
or two, it probably would have fallen off.
And, if it was holding a heavier camera,
it would never have lasted this long
So, there we have it. Yes, it absolutely
does do the job it’s supposed to do.
It can hold up reasonably heavy cameras.
And, it can also be placed at an angle,
on various surfaces, and it won’t tip over.
Which is not something that any tripod,
that I know of, could really claim.
So, yes, the Octopad is highly recommended.