Ball Pod video test with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 & DMC-GM1


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Mar 12, 2014
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Pier-Yves Menkhoff

The idea of ​​a Ball Pod suspension is not new. About 20 years ago, when I was a journalist for the magazine Camera Vidéo, one of our readers had created a buffer bag with a washcloth filled with rice and closed by a zip.
When the Ball Pod package is opened, two elements amaze. The Ball Pod is much smaller than it looks on the photos. The second is less pleasant. This is the grip. Rubber "sticks" to the fingers. That something "tacky". However, this feeling disappears after a day of use.
The Ball Pod does not replace a table tripod. They complement each other. It is designed for any compact camera. It fits virtually on any surface inaccessible to a standard table tripod. We can put the Ball Pod on a parking meter, a separation barrier, a banister, etc. the list is long. But the implementation is less simple than it seems. You have to be firm with it. It is necessary to mix it as you do with a pastry crust, to impose to it the shape where it will be put. You must hold firmly the camera and impose to the Ball Pod rocking movements from right to left, from front towards the back until obtain the point of balance.
The test was made at the Opera de Paris with the Panasonic Lumix DMC- GM1 and DMC- GH3 with four lenses : Panasonic 7-14 mm and 12-35 mm , Olympus 45 mm and 17 mm. The Ball Pod was placed on marble inclined ramps, on the back of a chair, etc.
With a single focal length lens, the Ball Pod fulfills his office. It is easy to find a balance to the camera. However, it is not anymore the same thing with a telephoto lens. The set tends to fall over forwards. With the DMC-GM1, the test has a very particular nature by its very compact size. It becomes impossible to rotate the focus ring or the zoom ring if the diameter of the lens is larger than the height of the camera. Also, you should not either hope to realize a long focal. I did not succeed with the 45 mm. Except on a plane surface. Back to the table tripod.
Both are terribly essential and complementary.
Envoy your Ball Pod…


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