Words, photos and video by Robin Pearson
Joby, the guys who make those GorillaPods, sent through this sweet phone camera grip for us to have a look at. They call it the GripTight POV Kit, which are words that don’t mean much to us so let me explain its functions within BMX.
It’s a bracket mount that’s universal for all smartphones, with a hinged handle and – most importantly – a Bluetooth remote control. After pairing, this button becomes your video record button.
Having a rotatable handle plus the remote control is genius: what this allows you to do is turn your phone into a perfect rolling filming rig, with the record button under your thumb. Then, when it’s time to review the footage, turn the handle round for an easy grip.
I found the Joby GripTight a very useful tool when filming the rolling shots in the video above. It makes your filming more stable and it just feels great having that record button handy. It even lights up red when you press it.
Another useful addition is that the hardware is GoPro compatible, so you can easily match it up with GoPro chest mounts, helmet mounts and the like.