We have seen a number of people reaching out and asking if they are able to use a Gorillapod for Sony a6000 cameras and if so, which Gorillapod for sony a6000 cameras should they use?
As there is so much confusion on the subject, we decided to research the various Joby Gorillapods available and publish this article in an attempt to help as many of our readers in this same situation as possible. The main thing to keep in mind is that your Sonya a6000 weights around 0.76 lbs without a lens attached. You then need to work out the weight of anything else on your camera such as your lens, flash, and off camera microphone and ensure that a Gorillapod can support this weight.
Although there are a number of tripods in the Joby Gorillapod range, we were only able to find one that could support such a payload without issue. Thankfully, there is also an existing number of photographers using the tripod for their Sony a6000 and report good things.
The Best Gorillapod For Sony A6000 Camera Users
The JOBY Gorillapod SLR Zoom has managed to dominate its sub-niche within the tripod niche since its release and has had little to no competition in reality. This has to lead to it developing an excellent reputation within the photography community as well as a number of existing Sony a6000 users successfully using the tripod with their camera rig without issue.
When using a Joby Gorillapod for Sony a6000 cameras we would not recommend that you use any of the other tripods from the Joby range as the majority of them do not have the payload support for a Sony a6000. This could lead to the tripod failing under the weight of your camera rig and your camera potentially being damaged.
Joby does have one other tripod in their range that can support the weight of a Sony a6000 and its accessories but it is almost double the price of the JOBY Gorillapod SLR Zoom while offering no additional functionality.
Our Joby Gorillapod SLR Zoom Review
One of the main advantages of the Joby Gorillapod range over a traditional style tripod is its ability to be attached or wrapped around a number of different objects. For example, you can wrap it around a tree branch with your camera rig attached to it and capture some unique photographs or video clips.
The image to the left shows how you are able to use the adjustable leg design of the Gorillapod to secure it to a tree branch. The best part is, the tripods maximum payload does not change when used in this way meaning that it will still hold the 6.6 lbs if it is attached to a tree or used on the ground like a traditional tripod. The legs on the JOBY Gorillapod SLR Zoom comes with over twenty-four of these unique leg joints to help you shape the tripod into whatever you require to get the photograph that you desire.
As you would expect from a tripod at this price point, the JOBY Gorillapod SLR Zoom comes with a high-quality, quick, and easy to use quick release plate included as standard. This can allow you to quickly detach your camera rig from the tripod after taking a photograph while leaving your tripod in position. You can then check over the photograph you capture and adjust the camera or tripod as required depending on how the photograph turned out.
Using A Traditional Tripod For Your Sony A6000
If you are only planning on using your Gorillapod in this way then we would recommend that you look into a traditional style tripod for your Sony A6000 as for traditional tripod use, a traditional tripod will outperform the Gorillapod in almost every single aspect that you can think of. Additionally, the various lightweight carbon fiber or aluminum alloy traditional travel tripods that are now available on the market can be very lightweight and small.
Although based around the cousin of the Sony a6000, our article on the best tripods for Sony a6500 cameras may help you choose a traditional style tripod that can meet all of your needs while also being cheaper than the Gorillapod. Additionally, our individual tripod review posts below could also help:-
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